What? Five bucks wont' get me very far. Right?
So not true! Check it out:
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Soap & Water
Soap, water and a little elbow grease is the cheapest way to improve your home. Wash windows and doors, hose down cobwebs and dirt off your house and outbuildings, scrub your porch or deck, clean up grease stains in your driveway, clean your outside light fixtures, wash down patio furniture.
Pull weeds and spray your gravel areas, cracks in your sidewalks and driveway or anywhere else you find weeds tend to take hold.
My favorite home improvement item by far is paint. Especially spray paint in all its wonderful colors and textures. It is amazing to me how quickly you can improve the look of something simply with a fresh coat of paint.
A fresh bead of caulk along windows will seal them up making them much more energy efficient. Remove old caulking from your tub or shower and replace it with new caulk to prevent water damage and give it a fresh clean appearance.
A can of this goes a long way to fill in gaps and add insulation where needed. Make sure to use the proper type of expanding foam around doors and windows.
Plant A Tree Or Shrub
Keep your eye out for sales or end of season clearance prices on trees, shrubs and perennials to add to your landscaping. It doesn't take long for a small shrub to grow large and fill in a space. A little patience can be a big money saver when it comes to landscape planting.
Nothing brightens up a front porch like a pot filled with an assortment of. A pony pack of four plants usually runs around $1.50 on sale so you can get a dozen plants for less than $5. Add some in and around existing shrubs for a pop of color.
Grab a small bag of sun and shade perennial grass seed and fill in any bald spots you may have in your lawn. Keep it well watered until it sprouts and takes hold and you'll see great results in no time.
Like paint, fabric is a great way to give something a fresh new look. You can buy enough fabric, especially if you watch sales, store coupons and bargain bins to recover a pillow or cushion, make a curtain or valance, sew a table cloth, etc. The possibilities are endless.
I have a ton more ideas so I'll be coming up with more posts later on to help us get the most bang for our home improvement bucks. So stay tuned!