The best part about warm weather is being able to have the perfect conditions in order to tackle all those projects you have on your list. You’ve got the drive, the time, and the help but often times, money will be the little stinker holding us back. There are many ways to save on projects even big projects we didn’t think would be possible on a tight budget. Here are a few off the top of my head.
- Do it yourself – With all the YouTube videos and how-to tutorials out there, many task can be completed by you or your spouse. It’s worth looking up how to do it first before hiring someone and paying them to do it. Often times, you find the task is a lot easier than you thought. If you don’t have the major tools for it though, don’t do it because then you’re just going to be paying a ton of money for purchasing tools and that’s not really saving you anything.
- Hire Family and Friends – More times than not, we will have a friend or family member who knows how to do something we don’t. For example, some of my family knows how to do drywall and lay cement. They don’t do it for a living but through the years, they have picked up the skill. A good meal is usually their payment and they are over the moon glad to help. I never like to mooch but that’s what family is for and I return the favor when it arises.
- Price Match – Just about every major store for appliances, parts, etc. will price match to other stores in your area. Many of them have even begun price matching for online stores. Check with them to ensure the site or store you’re using is covered by their price matching program before planning too far ahead.
- Use Their Store Card – Not many of us want to mess with credit cards however, they can come in handy if they are store specific and only for larger projects. Many home improvement stores offer a discount of 5-25% off your purchase if you use their credit card to pay for it. That’s because it saves them a middle man and fee if you do. If you bought a new stove for $800, that could save you up to $200 off! Plus, most of them give you a 6-12 month period to pay it off with no interest added on. You can’t beat that!
- Coupons – A lot of home improvement stores will have blanket coupons from time to time. That means that it’s a certain percentage off any one item with no limit to which item that is. I don’t know about you but if it’s only 10% off, that would be $100 off $1000 flooring! In my book, that’s a good chunk of savings. Places like Michael’s and Hobby Lobby, always have these coupons available and their coupons usually range from 40-50% which can be huge when dealing with a home project.
- Wait for the Off Season – If you’re needing to hire someone such as a contractor to do some of the projects you have in mind, wait until it’s the off season. Contractors will often drop their prices just to secure a job because they don’t have many coming in during the off season.
- Hit up Craigslist or Facebook Groups – Although these sites are hit or miss from time to time, there’s no doubt that you can find good deals on them. Make a post saying you’re looking for the materials you need and see if you get any hits. You can also search the sites and see what’s already out there. I had a friend who recently saved hundreds on a cedar project because someone was selling cedar boards online for much cheaper than the store.
- Use an Architect – Sounds strange but if you’re doing some remodeling or other random projects, an architect has a lot more knowledge about the structure of your house, etc. than you do. They often times can give tips or even save you from a disaster before it even hits. They’re worth every penny because they save you some pennies!