How to Save Money when Renovating your Home

Home renovation

Buying a home is a major investment. Indeed, it is probably going to be one of the most significant investments you ever make. That’s why more of us are opting instead to either invest in what we already own or buy a home with the intent of renovating it into something special. However, many do not think to calculate the costs of renovating their home and end up in over their heads with half-finished ideas and not enough money left in the pot to cross the finish line.

So, below we’ve gone through a few ideas to help you save money when renovating your home on a budget.

Assess the overall project

Sometimes you need to take a step back to see the wood for the trees. Before you start or make any serious investments, look at the renovation project as a whole. This will help you decide on all final renovations that you want to make, potentially cutting out ones that are not as essential, which is vital when on a budget. If you know what you want to achieve with your renovation overall, you’re also more likely to be able to settle on exactly what you’ll be able to do yourself and what you’ll need to hire people in for.

Measurements and planning

If you measure and plan your project correctly and accurately you can save money on materials, as well as time. The general rule of thumb is to “measure twice and cut once” but we’d take it a step further and say measure three times, if possible.

Do it yourself

If you can identify what projects or parts of the project can be done effectively by yourself, you can save huge amounts on labor costs by going the DIY route. This way, all you’ll need to invest in is tools such as SDS drills for your home renovation project. To assist you with your DIY, you may find it useful to watch a YouTube tutorial or read a blog post on how to do the job right. Or, if all else fails, ask your friends.

Use inexpensive materials where possible

Inexpensive doesn’t necessarily have to mean bad. Stick to composite or engineered wood, which is cheaper and stronger than traditional wood. You might also be able to save money on build costs if you go for upcycled or second-hand materials.

Stick to a set budget

Once you’ve set out your budget, while it might prove tempting to go over just a little bit if there’s something you really want, never waver. Sticking to a budget can actually make you more inventive and if there is any money left over you could always use it to pay for a nice holiday. Because you’ll probably need one once all those renovations are finally done with.

The 5 Best Budget-Friendly Winter Snacks

On a cold winter night, most people crave healthy and tasty food that will keep them full until the wee hours. Also, during winters there is a huge demand for food that produces a tummy-warming effect that stays for a long time. We all know that winter is the best season for soups. They are cheap, healthy, and easy-to-prepare. This post is intended to share with you similar budget-friendly winter snacks. You can prepare them at home or get them from the nearest store.

Also, read Budget-Friendly Winter Holiday Options

Here Are the 5 Best Budget-Friendly Snacks

1) Dried Fruit and Nuts

Dried Fruit is a regular fruit with the entire water content removed by either “sun drying” or processing. People have been consuming dried fruit since prehistoric times. Even during, Mesopotamia dried fruits were consumed as they promote health and general well-being during winters. In addition, nuts like almond, peanuts, apricot, and hazelnut can also be had as a snack during winters.

2) Bacon

Another food that makes a perfect morning snack during winters is Bacon. However, as you would already know Bacon is an animal product and is more suitable for people staying in the western part of the world. Is bacon cheap? According to a report by Statista, in 2018, a pound of sliced bacon retailed for around $ 5.5. Although, its price fluctuates.  

3) Steak Pie

Steak Pie is another traditional British food. They can easily be prepared at home for under $10. All you need is minced beef and some wheat flour. Steak pies are available all over the world including countries like Australia, New Zealand, and in Irish parts of America. In a regular restaurant or a dinner, you can order a gourmet steak pie for less than $20. It is one of the best budget foods for the winter.

4) Potato Chips

Potato chips are very popular in the Northern parts of England. They go really well with Fish. However, you can prepare potato chips easily at home. They are one of the most affordable foods you can have during winters. 

According to Statista, white potatoes cost $ 0.78 per pound in 2019. You can also buy them from a store. But it will cost you a bit more. Also, homemade potato chips are a lot healthier as they do not contain preservatives or low-quality ingredients.

5) Pretzels

Pretzel is a German bakery product popular in the United States. This salty snack is also laced with cheese, chocolate, cinnamon, and nuts. Its long shelf life is what makes it one of the most affordable foods for the winter. A 30 Oz bag of pretzels will cost you around $15. It is available in several shapes and forms. Hard rings and rods are two popular and preferred shapes.

Summary

These are the 5 best affordable winter snacks. Most of the ingredients needed to prepare the above-mentioned snacks are available for cheap in the nearest grocery store. You can buy the ready-to-eat items if time is of the essence.