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 By Nancy Clement

November 11, 2011 (La Mesa) - Fall is a good time of year to work on do-it-yourself project, as the weather is cooler.  Many repairs you can do yourself for the cost of items for repairs.   If you have more time than money trade a home repair project with a friend, you work together on their project and they work with you to complete your project.  You could start with a small project and as your skills increase, take on more
advanced projects. 

Remember to have fun with the projects, your schedule may go something like this; you would all work on the agreed upon project during the day and in the evening have a bar-b-q and game night.  Another evening after your project, you could host a movie night with everyone’s favorite “treat food” like popcorn, ice cream or smoothies.

These three resources help you with information on D-I-Y projects and supplies are Restore, Home Depot and Lowes.  Restore is like a thrift store for building products as all the products have been donated by generous local contractors for resale at discount prices, the money is used to help fund Habitat for Humanity houses, their website is .  You save money and help your community at the same time and that is always a good thing.

Home Depot offers on- going free DIY classes, normally they are weekly, with ideas for projects; check out their website at  Classes are held at each of the stores and you get learn some valuable tips and short cuts.  Home Depot has been offering a 10% military discount, to receive this just show your ID at the register.
Lowes also hosts numerous free classes, check out their website at and click on the “project center” tab to find a list of how-to clinics.
Special offer for Dollar-Wise Diva readers, you can get a 10% off coupon for your next project.  E-mail me to find out more about how to receive this coupon.  Saving money is always a good thing, especially right before the holidays. Please say that Nancy Clement at East County Magazine referred you in order to qualify for the discount!
Nancy Clement writes money saving tips to encourage mindful spending so you have more dollars available for housing, travel, retirement and investment plans.  She is a Realtor® and Mortgage Consultant; e-mail me at or call 619-589-6139 with column suggestions or comments.


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