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How to Paint Your Home For Free And Other Money Saving Tips

Money Saving Tips

Money Saving Tips

If you’re like most people these days, the economy has made you think twice before pulling out your wallet for purchases.  Those frivolous purchases that we once indulged in, are now things of the past.  I’ve learned to get by on much less than before, and I’ve found ways to save money while fixing up my home.  Here are a few tips that might help you as well!

Craigslist

I realize this may not be news to you, but I still believe Craigslist is a valuable resource.  When I remodeled my current home, I gutted the interior.  To save on dump fees for my old cabinets, carpeting, bathroom fixtures and nearly everything else, I just “Craigslisted” them. Hmmm, I wonder how long it will be before that becomes an official word in the dictionary? In short, I accomplished 3 goals by using Craigslist:

  1. Made money by selling re-usable (and valuable to some folks) goods, and gave away nearly everything else.
  2. Helped out the environment by not dumping things that were salvageable.
  3. Saved money and multiple trips to the dump by having fewer things to dispose.

I also saved money by scouring Craigslist for things I needed in the home, whether it was materials, or labor.  The best thing about Craigslist is that things are generally low priced and local to your area.  I love Craigslist!

Barter

If you’ve got any skills at all, there are others in your community that might be willing to barter with you. I’m pretty good at working on computers, so many of my friends and colleagues are usually willing to lend a hand in return for my computer help.  If you’ve got a truck, offer to loan it to a friend in return for some manual labor.

Visit Your Local Paint Store

paintMy son worked this past summer at the Sherwin Williams Paint Store near where we live.  He told me that they often have paint that was not color matched properly, or that the customers ordered but ended up not liking.  Rather than waste the paint, the stores will often give it away FREE to customers who ask. I have a little rental home that a previous tenant just vacated, and it needed to be re-painted inside.  Since I really don’t care what the color looks like, it was a no-brainer to stop in and pick up a few gallons for free!  As it turned out, they had a 5 gallon bucket of off-white paint that nobody wanted, so they gave it to me.

Unless you’re really picky about the paint colors in your home, it’s worth a trip to your local paint store.  At $30/Gal or more for some paints, it can be very expensive to paint your walls, and you may be pleasantly surprised at the colors you can find.  One person’s trash is another person’s treasure!

Do you have any cost saving tips that you’d like to share? Leave a comment below!

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