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10 Money-saving Tips for Families


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Do It Yourself
You'd be surprised what you can learn to do yourself, from fixing the plumbing to making homemade beauty products.
You'd be surprised what you can learn to do yourself, from fixing the plumbing to making homemade beauty products.
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So the faucet is leaking, the toilet runs, and the bathroom tiles seem to be covered with a pink film that didn't seem to be there when you moved in. Sounds like an expensive plumbing bill is an inevitable part of the future.

But before you pick up the phone and take out the checkbook, consider cracking open a book first, or turning on your computer. Do-it-yourself repairs have gotten to be downright doable now that demonstrations and example videos are easily accessible online. How Stuff Works has a DIY home guide site, and places likedoityourself.com, diynetwork.com, and even YouTube also provide instructions and ideas for home repairs.

Keep in mind that you don't have to limit yourself to repairs; easy, affordable home improvement projects can also be done without a professional. So feel free to surf the internet for a way to put up that crown molding you've also wanted in the living room.

Another do it yourself to save money is mixing up your own household cleaners and beauty products. Mixing water with vinegar or baking soda can go a long way to a clean kitchen, without the harsh chemicals--and prices--that go with fancy branded sprays.

Remember that you don't have to spend loads on beauty products either. Add a shot of vodka (truly!) to a deep conditioner for shine instead of a fancy serum. For that matter, use mayonnaise or eggs as the deep conditioner, or to help control your kids' dry scalp. Make your own lip balm with aloe vera and some oil, and moisturize with the same olive oil you find in your kitchen.

But that's not the only way to save on health products. Read on for ways to save on healthcare costs.


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