Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Smart Shopping: Home Projects
When you own a home, it seems like there's always a new project from the kitchen to the floors to the garden, and it can get quite expensive. In tonight's Smart Shopping, Seven's Reed Cowen is showing us how to save big on your next Home Project.
WSVN -- A new kitchen or bath can cost tens of thousands of dollars. Fresh landscaping, $5,000 to $10,000, but you can cut those costs in half if you know where to shop.
Nancy Daly, Habitat Re-Store: "Some of our items are new, some are slightly used."
Nancy Daly runs the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store in Fort Lauderdale. She says they have some great items in stock right now that can help you save big on some summer projects.
Nancy Daly: "The bricks are just a fraction of the cost. The bricks are $60 a cube our price, and about $225$250 if you were to go pay retail price for them."
You can use these bricks to make an outdoor fireplace, a barbecue stand or to set up a garden, and if you want to spark up a grill this summer...
Nancy Daly: "You're looking right now at a grill that is a natural gas grill. This would retail for $2,500 new, and it's slightly used, and we're selling it for $550."
That's a savings of almost $2,000. To get ready for this year's hurricane season, they've got shutters in all sizes.
Nancy Daly: "They are especially a good buy if you buy the longer ones, and you can cut them in half, and get two out of one panel. They are $2 a linear foot."
Now, if your planning to redesign your kitchen...
Jim: "We are buying cabinets today for the kitchen."
They've got a variety of cabinets.
Nancy Daly: "They come in a box just like this.You can buy exactly what you want to create in your kitchen."
You'll save nearly 50 percent, and don't forget about the screws.
Nancy Daly: "This is usually where we find the men. They get to put anything in here that they want. It's like the penny candy jar, and it's 50 cents a pound."
Moving on to the bathroom...
Nancy Daly: "We have everything from small ones with the imitation marble tops, and this is really more country or traditional. All the way down to the contemporary. I love this."
And if you want new floors, there's everything from carpet to wood to tile.
Nancy Daly: "This is a typical floor tilling, and that's a dollar a square foot. These marble squares are beautiful they're $3 a square foot."
And smart shoppers know this is the place to start when planning a project.
"I've got great deals. I've got bed stuff, I've gotten refrigerator stuff."
"Everything's like one tenth of the price."
Reed Cowan: "At the Habitat for Humanity Re-store, you'll not only be saving money but giving back to the community. The store generates enough income every month to build a new house for a needy family."
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
505 W Broward Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312