Category: DIY

I have allergies that make buy air freshener costly, and I live in a large apartment building with little ventilation,so it’s really unpleasant if things get stagnant. So instead of buying pricey hypoallergenic products, I buy peppermint extract, dilute with a little bit of water and spritz as needed. Instead of “odor neutralizing” pots, I mix baking soda, peppermint, and a little bit of rice in a tin. It helps get rid of humidity and keep things fresh. Iyamcheap

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2969 | Lisle, IL, USA | | , , | Comments

Free/cheap sources for craft goodies: Junk mail -Nice images, security envelopes with cool pattens on the inside, stuff that can be shredded for gift baskets. Hardware stores-cheaper than a craft store – containers, ball chains & washers to add to scrapbook pages, multicolored duct tape, lots of cool stuff. Antique stores – for paper ephemera like old greeting cards, advertising pages, etc. that can be scanned & used for digi art /printed for collage. I love crafting & IYAMCHEAP

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2974 | St.Petersburg, Russia | | , | Comments

Last time I was in need of a bookcase, I checked the stores and was pretty uncomfortable with prices. So I hit the local construction materials store and went back home with some planks and screws and other stuff I needed; they were even so kind to saw them by my measures for free. One evening lacquering, another one assembling, and I have a nice floor-to-ceiling bookcase, made of good pine, which costs me less than a beaver-board one and fits into the apartment much better, because IYAMCHEAP.

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2958 | San Antonio, TX, USA | | | Comments

I have long hair with bangs. My hair doesn’t need to be trimmed often, but my bangs need to be trimmed every few weeks. Rather than pay to have it done, I bought a pair of inexpensive hair cutting scissors and do it myself at home. It’s easy to do in front of a mirror, and IYAMCHEAP.

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2976 | Columbus, OH, USA | | , , | Comments

I convert really tiny miniskirts that I find at the thrift store into fashionable shorts.

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3062 | St.Petersburg, Russia | | | Comments

This week I made another bookcase for my room. It’s made of wood, not chipboard, so it’s much healthier. Also, it’s made to the exact measures of the space I fit it in and all the vertical space is used. The shelves are exactly one regular book high, not an inch more. Finally, it worth in materials less than any one, even in the cheapest of the stores. And the proud look on my kid’s face when we finished it was worthless. All that cause IYAMCHEAP.

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2980 | Ontario, Canada | | , , , | Comments

For Christmas my fiancé and I don’t have a lot to spend on presents, but we both love giving gifts. This year we did most of our shopping at the dollar store, the discount department store, and warehouse sales! For our grandmothers we bought body lotion, scented candles, bubble bath, and other bath essentials all at the dollar store! Then we got a reusable plastic basket and wrapped everything up in it. Each basket which would have cost over $50 in the store cost us less than $20!!!

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2984 | Vancouver Island, Canada | | | Comments

I wanted a nice thick rug to put beside my bed, but the price of a decent rug was quite daunting. As I was looking around I found a how-to on braiding rugs and crocheting rag rugs…. and dug out my craft supplies. Now I have a nice thick rug, only having had to buy a couple thrift store bedsheets to finish it off. 4’x6′ rug for less than $20… approximate savings? Hundreds. IYAMCOMFY and IYAMCHEAP

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