Nine Tips for Saving on DIY Projects

Consumer savings expert Andrea Woroch offers ways for you to save money on that endless parade of spring projects you have on your to-do list.


| April 22, 2011



Some simple tips will help you save money on your DIY projects.

Some simple tips will help you save money on your DIY projects.

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 As the snow starts to melt and most of us see what's underneath, we realize there's some serious work to be done around the house.

Spring is the time to begin working on home improvement projects. If you're thinking about stocking up on supplies for your most pressing project, consider the ways you can save when you do-it-yourself:

 

1. Big Box vs. Small Stores

For the frugal consumer, shopping smart is always a logical first step. When you're shopping at the big-box home improvement stores like Home Depot and Lowes, there are always deals going down.

The two heavyweight retailers are highly competitive and both stores offer price matching with an additional 10-percent discount on identical products advertised at a lower price at any competing store. Both stores also post weekly sales, discounts and rebates on their websites so you can be prepared before you hit the store. Not to mention, you can always find coupons for these home and garden giants.

On the other hand, locally owned home-supply stores, like Ace Hardware, often provide email sign-ups that allow you to receive special deals on the same items you would find at the big-box stores. While you may not be able to purchase sheet rock, the smaller places may carry everything from plumbing supplies to finishing notes for your home.

ljaques
11/10/2017 7:50:52 AM

I like to shop locally, too, but far too often, the prices are 30% above the Big Box Stores (BBS) prices. I've always been frugal, so now I know what niches are carried by locals Irrigation parts are 50% lower than BBS. Lumber (Oregon) is 20-50% lower with up to 400% better quality than BBS rotini. So if you want frugality, call around for pricing each time. It saves you a heck of a lot of time and headaches. Knowing that my store is going to have the object of my desire when I get there is worth a lot to me.


ljaques
11/10/2017 7:50:51 AM

I like to shop locally, too, but far too often, the prices are 30% above the Big Box Stores (BBS) prices. I've always been frugal, so now I know what niches are carried by locals Irrigation parts are 50% lower than BBS. Lumber (Oregon) is 20-50% lower with up to 400% better quality than BBS rotini. So if you want frugality, call around for pricing each time. It saves you a heck of a lot of time and headaches. Knowing that my store is going to have the object of my desire when I get there is worth a lot to me.


ljaques
11/10/2017 7:31:20 AM

I like to shop locally, too, but far too often, the prices are 30% above the Big Box Stores (BBS) prices. I've always been frugal, so now I know what niches are carried by locals Irrigation parts are 50% lower than BBS. Lumber (Oregon) is 20-50% lower with up to 400% better quality than BBS rotini. So if you want frugality, call around for pricing each time. It saves you a heck of a lot of time and headaches. Knowing that my store is going to have the object of my desire when I get there is worth a lot to me.


dustin
4/22/2011 9:57:40 AM

I do agree with "some" of this article, except for the big box store approach. We live in a rural area 30 minutes away from the box store and when any one who has half a brain goes about a project call and check prices. Our local guys always meet/beat the box stores prices on lumber and are usually much less on hardware. Of course if your planning a project ahead of time (as it should be done, when not in emergency mode) check prices online. BUT ALWAYS TRY TO SHOP LOCAL - ISN'T THAT THE POINT OF THE MAGAZINE...






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