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

Treat gasoline when you buy it

Wash in warm, rinse in cold

Portable storage for free

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

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