On page 44 of The Tightwad Gazette, Amy discusses her frugal lifestyle. The article has great tips for fixing up a house that should have otherwise been burnt to the ground. The people the article focuses on did a lot of work to make the ramshackle building livable, and they did a great job. How did they do this?
Mostly by scavenging. Getting what they could free or very cheaply.
I have incorporated these measures over the last 7 years while fixing up my home:
- Free windows from my moms old trailer.
- Purchasing materials and having my stepfather do the work for free.
- Shopping sales.
- My mom and stepdad redid Skye’s bedroom because she helped them to take care of my grandmother.
- My stepfather built in-wall shelving and drawers for Zowie because she would help with my grandmother at times as well.
- Purchasing items at discount stores.
And for my yard:
- Leaving the Lily’s the previous owners had planted, and transplanting some elsewhere on the lot.
- Transplanting violets.
- Free seeds in the mail.
- Free bulbs from a neighbor whom I helped.
- Free planters from numerous sources, as well as some purchased cheaply at yard sales.
- The lawn mower and wheel barrow were my grandfathers.
- Waiting to purchase seedlings until they are clearance priced.
What have you done to save money on home improvements?