Smart Do-It-Yourself: Saving Money

For some, Do-It-Yourself is about being fun, creative, and innovative. For others, DIY is about finding more affordable or green ways to clean or decorate. Either way, though; money can get away from you. Depending on the project you choose, DIY can cost quite a bit in materials. Before you start your project, take a look at these tips to get you into fun, inventive DIY without spending a lot of money.

Tip #1: Re-Purpose. Before you start buying a lot of materials for a new project, look for ideas that re-use, re-purpose, or refresh things you already have. Talk about a way to save money! Not only will you get a new piece or tool, you'll do it with barely any cost at all.

Here are a few projects to try:

Tip #2: Pay Attention to Material Costs. Sometimes you see a project you love and your first instinct is to jump right into it. Before you do, take a second to look at all of the materials and processes it requires from start to finish. How much will the materials cost? How long will it take?

If it's going to cost a lot of money or time, look for other things you can do that are similar but cost less. If it's something you really want to do, figure out how much it will cost and start saving a little bit of money for it, which brings us to:

Tip #3: Prioritize Your Projects. As much as you might want to, you can't do it all! At least, you can't do it all at the same time. Take a look at all of the things you want to do and start prioritizing them based on how much you want to do the project or how badly you or your space need the finished project. When you prioritize like this, you can decide which projects are worth the cost and effort and which aren't, and you can budget for the pricier projects in advance.

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