Frugal Living Tips for Homeowners

Spend smart, spend less, save more

Squeeze more out of your home improvement dollar with these simple money-saving tips. For little or no cost, you can save hundreds of dollars.

By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine

Reclaim crusty paint

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Treat gasoline when you buy it

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Wash in warm, rinse in cold

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Portable storage for free

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Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Bucket
  • Utility knife

You'll also need a digital cooking thermometer to check water temperature.

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • Paint strainer
  • Fuel stabilizer
  • Laundry detergent jugs