Monday, March 10, 2008

A Wise Investment

Renovating a home means constant runs to your local home improvement store. I probably go to the local HD three times a week for miscellaneous supplies. All this adds up. To a lot. Occasionally I get coupons from Lowes, or I hear of HD coupons for 10% off. Also a heads up that HD and Lowes honors their competitors' coupons, so if you find a good deal at one big box store you can use it at the local store you prefer. Sometimes you get these as part of a package when you change your address or just randomly in the mail. Seeing as HD is my second home, a coupon every few months while useful, doesn't help me as much as it could. Enter Ebay.

Ebay has many folks selling 10% off coupons on the site. The price is generally around $3.00 per 10% off coupon, and you can buy them in lots ranging from 1-25 of them. For $25, including shipping, I got 8 of them. Spending $25, has saved me about $100 so far and I still have half of my coupons left. Not a bad deal at all.

Motivation was majorly lacking this last week, so progress on the home front was light. While I had a three day weekend I got remarkably little done in the past week. I ran new electrical and conduit in the built-in area for all the electro-geekery, hung the LCD mount in the kitchen, butchered a cabinet doorhung the last of the kitchen hardware, changed out the dining room light, picked up all the backerboard for upstairs and some downstairs tile work, ordered slate tile for the upstairs bathroom, laid the backerboard over the fireplace tile and foyer floor, did some more drywall mudding and sanding, finally got the trash hauled out of the back yard, and ripped out 2/3 of the linoleum floor in the upstairs bathroom.

This week I should finally finish trouble shooting the foyer electrical (need a second set of hands), lay new tile over the fireplace, finish framing for the TV over the fireplace, get all the drywall and greenboard delivered, install the drywall on the built-ins and fireplace, drywall the knee wall, and hopefully start really finish out the foyer floor, drywall and trim.

11 comments:

Ethan said...

Sounds like your busy. I haven't tried buying coupons from ebay, but i do redeem credit card points for an occasional HD gift card. Not the most efficient but still a small savings.

Ethan

Patrick said...

Dude, how cool is the coupons on ebay? I tell you when I get a house, I a referring to this page. I think you need a break this weekend for some Celtic Celebration

Fred said...

Craigslist in our area frequently has coupons for sale as well. This is a very good tip.

Gman said...

what the hell is going on up there
quit tearing up compressors?
dont plan on much help from my brother he ripped up my housein iowa. it was like civel war construction

Gman said...

my brother spells like a room full of monkeys around a typewriter. sometime a complete sentence falls out

Dadolescent said...

My brother needs to learn how to spell, type and use punctuation. Happy St. Patrick's Day.

gman said...

momnipotent said I am trashing up the internet. I thought it would of been harder.

Leely16 said...

Ah, another St. Patty's day in the Dowdle tradition, with a twist....
DRINK AND BLOG, BLOG AND DRINK.

Corey said...

Glad to the Dowdle men are enjoying St. Patty's Day early. :)

dadolescent said...

It is not just a day it's St. Pat's festivus.

gman said...

Preplanning begins in early January and litigation issues are usually resolved by May.