If you’d love to renovate, but it’s simply not in the budget for this year; make small updates now that you can incorporate into later construction projects.
One small trick is to replace the hardware in highly trafficked areas, such as the kitchen or the bathroom. Replace cabinet handles or knobs and drawer pulls. While replacing hardware, make sure to give your door hinges and drawer tracks a good oiling to prevent squeaking.
Give your car a tune-up
When it comes to saving, learning how to maintain your vehicle can go a long way in terms of managing your household budget. Remember, you should change the oil in your car every 3,000 miles or 3 months. Check out www.ehow.com for videos on how to check, fill or change your oil and other auto maintenance tips.
For quick cleanup post tune-up, use Grime Boss wipes to remove oil and grime from your car, your surfaces, and even your hands.
Install shelving in the garage
Who couldn’t use extra storage space? For many, additional storage may mean looking beyond the house to the garage. Find a variety of storage solutions that fit within your budget — from finishing rod racks to cabinets and overhead ceiling-mounted shelving — at retail stores such as www.walmart.com.
To cover existing flooring, use floating laminate pieces. Installing wood laminate in your bathroom, bedroom, kitchen, or living room is easy with snap-together pieces. Check out www.diynetwork.com for step-by-step instructions.