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Save Money on Your Home Improvement Projects by Shopping Online

Jun 14, 2008
I love to improve my home, but my project plans are almost always much larger than my modest home improvement budget. Like a lot of people, I shop online when it comes to things like buying books or music but I never looked for anything other than entertainment media and electronic gadgets until recently.

If you really want to save a lot of money on home improvement projects, though, you might want to consider buying your supplies online instead of visiting that big mega hardware store on the other side of town. Shopping online isn't the chore it used to be.

I learned about this when I was working on the exterior of my house earlier this summer. I found some carpenter bees building nests in the wooden eaves of my home so I needed to buy some copper meshing to put into the eaves.
I went to four local hardware stores and only one of the stores actually carried something similar to what I was looking for, but I had to buy a full roll of the copper though I only needed a couple feet of it.

Frustrated, I went home and as a last resort started looking for my supplies online. A quick internet search turned up dozens of sites all selling exactly what I needed. I had to shop through a few of them and compare prices but I finally found someone who was selling just enough of what I needed for about a quarter of the price I would have paid in the hardware store!

Since that time I've learned that I can buy a lot of different home improvement supplies online than are even available in most stores. I have learned some tricks for buying home items over the internet:

Watch the shipping charges - You have to be careful with home improvement projects and shipping because many items that you buy for your home are heavier than your average pieces of mail. Even if the price is lower at a website the shipping on certain items may make things more expensive than buying them from a local store.

Don't always take the first deal - If you're searching for something be sure to shop at several different sites to weigh your options. Compare shipping charges, warranties, guarantees and other details to make sure you're getting what you really want for the price you want.

Compare brands and models online - I'll sometimes go to my local hardware store and find exactly what I need. I'll note the brand and model and then come home and shop online for that exact item. I saved over $75.00 on a kitchen faucet using this method of shopping in the store and online.

And while I've only mentioned supplies for home improvement projects you can obviously also get tools, books and just about every else you'd ever need for your home projects with a little internet searching!
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