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It’s easy to overspend in some aspects of your life. Education, children, health, housing—these are integral parts, so we don’t want to pinch pennies. But that doesn’t mean you should fall for a bad deal, or spend extra when you don’t need to. If your home is in need of a few fixes or decoration, the Internet has helpful tips.
This isn’t just about installing smart home gadgets to save money. The Internet is an endless pit of great information, if you just know where to look. That’s what we are going for here: websites where you can find truly useful information to upgrade your home on a budget.
The first stop any homeowner should make on the world wide web. Apart from being one of the best blogs for interior design ideas, Apartment Therapy also spends a ton of time recommending cheap ways to make your home look better, as well as DIY ideas to fix things. Don’t forget to check out the comments on every blog post. The community at Apartment Therapy is one of the best at suggesting even better ideas than what the original article states.
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Reddit is notorious for being a place to waste time, but you can also use Reddit productively if you know how. The entire r/HomeImprovement subreddit is dedicated to finding and sharing cool house renovation ideas. It’s a very active community, full of some great design ideas as well as DIY projects. If it’s only interior design ideas you want, you should instead check out r/InteriorDesign.
Jill Nystul’s writing has a knack for making home projects seem easy and approachable, which is probably the reason she has gained such a massive following on the Internet. Jillee, as she goes by online, has some fantastic tips for home decor, frugality, DIY projects, and much more. Really, there’s a lot to discover here. In fact, you can even find a lot of useful non-home advice, like some single-page productivity planners to organize your tasks.
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IKEA gets a lot of hate online for the quality and design of its products, but it gets a lot of love for being cheap. IKEA Hackers improves on the design and quality while keeping the price. It’s a community full of people who use different IKEA parts to repurpose them for projects they weren’t intended for. For example, if you want a DIY standing desk to save your back, then IKEA Hackers has some great ideas.
Favorite post: DIY Book Shelf: Hyllis all the way
As George Carlin put it, your house is a place for your stuff. And we spend a lot of time buying or building things to organize that stuff. Organization is a key aspect of making your home look good, and that’s what I’m an Organizing Junkie specializes in. The DIY projects are great, but where the site excels is in recommending how to build the simple stuff using cheap products, like our favorite example below.
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Lifehacker is one of the premier websites for such tips, and the new Workshop section is made for those who like to get their hands dirty. It’s headed by Timothy Dahl, who describes himself as a smart home strategist and DIY enthusiast. Dahl trawls the web to highlight great DIY tips and projects, and also writes detailed guides.
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If words and images aren’t enough, get some video tips from the Household Hacker, which has already made it to our list of the 10 best how-to YouTube channels. Household Hacker often comes up with generic life hack tips, but there are always a few gems in every compilation.
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If you want your home to look good without spending a bomb, Style Me Pretty’s Living section has some of the best tips you will ever find. More than that, the site’s Home Tours serve as a source of inspiration for some great ideas. Remember, not every home tour is going to fit your style, so be selective.
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Saving money is not just about finding a great idea or trick, it’s also a bit about philosophy. Merissa of Little House Living wants to propagate the idea of living within your means and making the most of what you have, in the living the simple life category. Of course, you can still learn about budget tips in the frugal living tips section.
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You probably already know who Ron Hazelton is, but in case you didn’t, he’s an expert in home improvement and even had his own TV show. More than his ideas and projects, Hazelton is renowned for his rock-solid technique in DIY projects, especially while using power tools. If you’re going to use any tool you aren’t 100% confident with, you should probably watch Hazelton’s video on it first. Apart from his website, Hazelton’s YouTube channel is also worth subscribing.
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Bob Vila is on YouTube. ‘Nuff said.
Favorite post: Shut up, he’s Bob Vila.
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