It would be wonderful to save up for a boat. Fishing on a quiet lake, or just watching the clouds on a lazy day would be soooo perfect. Unfortunately, the to do list never seems to get done. Projects cost money, some require special tools, and materials are expensive.
You don’t have to wait until retirement to get that boat. With these ten money saving tips, you can get your to do list done, and save for the boat at the same time.
When installing shoe molding, or baseboard, place a piece of painter’s paper between the floor and the molding. Now you won’t have to tape off the floor and risk the tape interfering with the finish.
After the paint dries, carefully cut the paper away and you’re done. Cardboard or a piece of heavy plastic under your utility knife will help protect the flooring.
After you paint a room, you may lose track of the particular shade. Here are two ways to always have that information at hand. First, you can write the name of the shade on a piece of masking tape and place it behind the main light switch.
Keep a color card with the name and number of the shade in a home notebook or file. Since the card is never exposed to sunlight, it won’t fade, and when you want to repaint the room the same shade, you have the right color.
When painting all the rooms in a house, it’s a pain to stop, wash the paint tray, dry it, and fill with another color of paint.
Solve that problem by inserting the tray into a cheap plastic trash bag. Tie a twist tie on the end. Fill the tray and use the paint. When finished, undo the twist tie, and turn the bag inside out, and discard. Re-bag the tray for the next color.
Sometimes when you place spackle over nail holes, it shrinks as it dries, or the hole makes the spackle look “sucked in.” Take a box of cotton swabs or cotton balls with you. Using a nail, the narrow end of a chopstick or other instrument, fill the hole with cotton first, then spackle over it. No more sunken spaces on the wall.
Instead of sandpaper, dust, and layers of joint compound when finishing or repairing drywall, try this. When the joint compound is just barely dry, roll over it with a dry paint roller to smooth out the seams. When the compound is dry, a damp sponge helps remove rough spots.
Create a dust catcher for your drill the next time you have to work on the ceiling. Using an old sports ball, or a discarded plastic bowl, you can drill without having dust in your face.
Cut the sports ball in half. Drill a hole large enough to accommodate your drill in the dish or ball half. Insert your drill through the hole, and get your job done without the dust. Hold the dish or ball against the ceiling. If you want to use a cardboard box, measure it to fit just against the ceiling while you drill.
Never spend money on expensive specialty hand cleaners again. After working on my car, I would use the same cleaner as mechanics, and then use tons of moisturizer for days- it really dried my skin out. There are less expensive ways to get your hands clean.
Dawn dishwashing liquid cuts oil and grease like nobody’s business. That’s why PETA uses it on animals trapped in oil spills.
Liquid laundry detergent also works wonders on grease and oil. You can even wash car parts in it. No need for expensive cleaners there, either.
If after repainting the bedroom or kitchen you notice you’ve painted your hands, don’t rush to the store for paint removers. They’re expensive and hard on the skin. Chances are you already have what you need in the kitchen cupboard.
Cooking oil removed oil-based paint like it’s ordinary garden soil. A little rubbing, a little scrubbing, and your hands are clean. Just use your regular hand soap to remove the oil.
Save time and effort with your hacksaw by mounting two blades instead of one. Face the teeth in opposite directions. You’ll cut through anything in record time.
Find small tools, cell phones, etc. in your workshop or garage using these two methods, or create your own. First, place reflective stickers on the items you frequently misplace. If you’ve taken them in the workshop, and now can’t find them, turn the overhead light off and a flashlight on. They’ll stand out.
Set up a system. Install a shelf with a basket near the door. Make a habit of placing keys, cell phones, etc. in the basket when you come in. No more losing them. When working on something, keep a tray to hold all the parts, pieces and tools.
By saving money on the little things, your fishing trip will happen before you know it.
Source: The author of this article has over 40 years of experience in diverse forms of DIY, home improvement and repair, crafting, designing, and building furniture, outdoor projects and more.
Source: Staff Article, “33 Clever, Time-Saving, Money-Saving Reader Tips,” This Old House Website, no date given