Save money with Do-It-Yourself websites

July 15, 2009 10:07:33 AM PDT
Mike Glozman runs the website CheapStingyBargains.com. And though he's always looking for ways to save money, he knows his limitations when it comes to home repairs. That's when he turns to the internet. "They have websites that can help you with pretty much any do-it-yourself project you can think of, " Glozman says. For home-repair projects, he suggests sites including BobVila.com, DIYNetwork.com, and DoItYourself.com.

Vila's site rates how difficult projects are. Simple projects get one hammer, more complicated jobs get more.

In addition to articles, most of the sites also have video and question-and-answer forums.

There are also do-it-yourself sites for gardening, auto repairs, even making your own cosmetics.

Glozman suggests going to more than one site to get different ideas on how to do the same project.

He also suggests all do-it-yourselfers go through the following three steps:
1) Plan ahead: Figure out how many people are needed to the do the job and how much time
2) Budget: Figure out if you will need to buy or rent equipment or supplies
3) Choose the best deal: It may turn out that having a professional do the job will end up costing you less after all.

For Glozman's list of other Do-It-Yourself sites, click on CheapStingyBargains.com .

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