7.3.14 I am a DIYer who wants the best price possible. And depending on the job that needs to get done, I may want the best product too. I would love to hear how others are saving $$ while they build or renovate. Here are a few of my tricks.
BIG PURCHASES: I am not a huge fan of the big box stores, like Home Depot, but let’s face it, they are pretty darn convenient for a whole lot of things. For instance, I am trying ot fix up my house before I sell it. I will probably spend about $5,000 in carpet, granite, vanities and faucets. The problem is that I have not sold my house yet so I don’t have the cash for the upgrades. Solution: Hope Depot had an offer running that allowed you 0% for 18 mos. So I have 18 mos to sell my house and pay off my bill. In the meantime, I will pay off as much as I can in case my house does not sell in 18 mos.
PAINT: When you go to your paint store ask if they have an OOPS section of paint. These are 1 and 5lb gallon buckets of paint that have been returned because the wrong color or type of paint was selected. I bought a 5 gallon can of wall paint for all of my bedroom walls (off white) for $20. And we just purchased a 5 gal bucket of DECK OUT for $30. The color was a dark tan, which worked for us. It is $150+ if we were to purchase it from the aisle. Most of the paint in the OOPs section is pink and other crazy colors but keep checking and you will get lucky.
RECYCLE: If I have the time, I plan to purchase recycled items whenever possible. A sink, a door or hard wood flooring. It takes time to search for these deals but in theory, I much rather reuse something already on this planet. I also thought cloth diapers were a great idea. And they were, for about 48 hours.
That’s all I have….for now!