Are you like me and wonder how in the heck you spent so much money at Costco or at Lowe’s? It seems like every time I come back from the store, I'm trying to figure out where I went wrong and spent so much money. Recently, my husband and I decided to overhaul the inside of our home. Going into the project we thought it would be simple. Some new paint, some new flooring, and we would be good to go. We were wrong. After you scrape every room that has popcorn ceilings and then paint everything, you realize that you've put in a lot more work than you initially thought you would. And a lot more money. This project taught me a lot about home renovations and simple things I can do (and you can to) to save money at home.
I am frugal by nature. Being raised by a Minnesota coupon lady, it's only natural some of that stuck with me. My motto is: "if it isn’t on sale, we aren’t buying it!" So you can imagine how difficult it was for me to buy things for our remodel project. I certainly learned a lot when it comes to home remodels, and I want to share some of my findings to help you save money at home. Following these tips will help keep your home remodel as low cost as possible.
- Home improvement stores have two major sales a year, and I mean major. You will find all kinds of things you have been lusting over for half price, or even more! This is an easy way to save money when purchasing things for your home while still getting exactly what you want. Plan for those sales and buy accordingly. One sale takes place on or around Black Friday and the other is usually the first week in June. We purchased our carpet during the June sales and saved thousands. We also didn’t hire an installer from the store, we hired our own based on recommendations from my friends and family which saved us hugely on the installation cost.
- Do as much as you can by yourself. We all love Pinterest, right? Is there a project you have been dying to try? Give it a shot! What’s the worst that could happen? I will tell you… you may have to sand off some paint or start over. All things considered, though, it is totally worth it to save a few dollars on your home.
- Don't be afraid to ask for help! Are there people in your life that have a hidden talent for contracting work? My husband does. He mudded and taped our dining room by himself after we scraped all of the walls. Who do you know and what are their talents? Usually, all you have to do is ask, and your friends will be there ready to help. Especially if you offer them pizza and beers afterward.
- Buy energy efficient appliances. These will save money at home after your remodel is over. Buy energy efficient light bulbs, wash your clothes in cold water, and buy that water restrictor shower head. Not only will you be happier with your monthly utility bill, but the planet will thank you as well.
- It is okay to buy name brand. I know, I know, I am the last one that you should be expecting to hear say this. But I have found that certain name brands tend to be better quality. For example, laundry soap. The “off” brand doesn’t go as far and you have to use twice as much to get your clothes clean. Do your research and know what is worth the extra money upfront. It will save you money at home in the long run.
If you are willing to roll up your sleeves and do some work, you can make some incredible things happen. I hope that some of these tips will help you to save a little money at home, but still allow you to each your home renovation dreams. What are your best household money-saving tips? Let us know so we can share with others!
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