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5 Surprising Tips for Saving Money at Home

Doing simple home repair projects yourself can save you big bucks.
Doing simple home repair projects yourself can save you big bucks.

If you have home improvement projects or repairs that can't wait, look for free DIY workshops at places like The Home Depot, Lowe's or your local hardware store. The workshops cover everything from installing outdoor lighting to refinishing furniture and cabinets to designing and installing a tile floor or backsplash [source: The Home Depot].

Of course, unless you really know what you're doing, save big jobs like electrical wiring and complicated plumbing work for the pros, or you may create a situation that's even more costly to correct, not to mention dangerous.

Many home improvement centers offer free weekend classes for kids, too. While your little helpers may not be able to lend a hand on every DIY undertaking, the classes provide a chance for them to develop their skills and even make crafts that they can give as gifts. And if you like the idea of fashioning your own handmade pieces, consider low-cost wood-working classes or craft workshops held at local community colleges or adult night school programs, where you can use their tools and equipment as you learn to make things for your home or one-of-a-kind gifts for family and friends.