Penny-pincher. Tightwad. Cheapskate. Bring it on! Here at This Old House, we celebrate frugality, especially when it translates into increased efficiency, comfort, or style for our homes. From cutting your hot-water bill by installing a shower timer to brightening a room with handsome sconces that you hook up yourself, the secret to saving real money is a combination of thriftiness, smarts, and sweat. So read on for clever get-your-hands-dirty ways to shrink your expenses and improve your home without spending a dollar more than you have to.
1_Shop the Dollar Store
Shop the dollar store rather than your local home center to buy specialty tools you may use only once or twice for projects such as cable or phone wiring.
Cost: $1 per item.
Savings: $25 for curved long-nose pliers and $20 for a coaxial compression crimper at The Home Depot.
Bonus: No worries if tools break.
2_Extend the Lives of Filters
Extend theRead More »from 30 Down-and-Dirty Tricks for Big DIY Savings