People Online Share Their Trusted, Money-Saving DIY Projects

It's probably safe to say that everyone could use a little extra money in their wallets these days, right? Thankfully, DIYers know that doing things like small repairs and home renovations really can cut costs from your budget. Let's take a look at a few of these money-saving projects.

This tip is for anyone who has ever had to purchase second-hand furniture.

"Throw hairpin legs on any piece of wood to instantly upgrade your furniture," one Reddit user said.

Not only is this a simple DIY project but a set of hairpin legs is super affordable — usually in the $30-$50 range.

Small, simple electronic fixes can save you a lot of money in the long run.

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"Learn to fix simple electronics.

My ~$100 headphones broke recently and I managed to fix them by resoldering the cable. My usual motto is 'I can't break something that's already broken but I might actually fix it'" one Reddit user said.

This Reddit user made their own industrial-chic shelf.

This shelf could easily be purchased at a name-brand home goods store for big bucks. Instead, with a few shelf brackets and some wood, this DIY shelf came together without breaking the bank.

Learning a few basic sewing skills is key.

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"I shorten my own pants. I don't have a sewing machine but I can do it by hand. As I am short and need to adjust most of my pants, I have probably saved around $600 over the years, not much but still," one Reddit user shared.

Isn't this the cutest cat bed you've ever seen?

"Broken television becomes new bed and toy for kitten. That's how to save $20 at PetSmart for a comfy new spot," said the Reddit user behind this idea.

Looks like this kitty is enjoying their new home!

Repairs are typically cheaper than buying a new replacement outright.

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"Try to repair something instead of discarding it immediately and [buying] a new one. Troubleshoot on [the] internet and more often than not people will already have figured it out and provide you will simple step-by-step instructions," one Reddit user [suggested.](

Hold on to those Amazon packaging materials!

When it comes time to move or pack delicate objects, those packing materials can come in handy. There's nothing I hate more than spending money on things like bubble wrap.

DIY your own cleaning solutions!

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"Instead of buying a bunch of different cleaning solutions, I just use white vinegar and dish soap for all my everyday cleaning," said one Reddit user.

Okay — this isn't the most exciting DIY idea but it does save a ton of money.

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"Taking my lunch to work instead of going out to eat," one Reddit user said (and many others online echoed).

While the idea of a brown bag lunch isn't always fun to prep, research some bento box ideas or new recipes to change things up.

Industrial clocks are huge for decor right now.

You know what else is huge? Their prices! If you want to create the feel of those trendy clocks, simply buy a cheap one at the dollar or discount store. Then, print out a clockface design from online and pop it in. No one will be the wiser.

It's amazing how much money you can save simply by cooking and baking.

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"I make a lot of stuff from scratch. I bake my own bread, make my own salad dressings, sauces, etc. Bonus is that it all tastes better, saves money and I know exactly what's in it," one Reddit user shared.

I love this idea and wonder why I didn't think of it sooner.

Instead of spending a small fortune on those trendy grid mirrors, this couple simply bought a few closet mirrors for $4 each. Then they arranged them in a grid on the wall to make a decorative accent. It looks amazing!

A crafty date night idea that won't burn a hole in your pocket.

You know those "wine and paint nights" that people go to? Well, thanks to the internet and a plethora of Bob Ross tutorials on YouTube, you can recreate the experience at home. Most dollar stores carry paint and canvases, and don't forget the wine! Cheers!

Here's a great example of when DIYing can really save a ton of money.

"I got bids from tile setters to do a backsplash for $2000. I ended up doing it myself for under $200," one Reddit user shared.

Wow! They did a phenomenal job! With the right tools and know-how, certain projects can upgrade your home on a budget.

Knit or crochet your own cleaning pads.

Reusable cleaning pads are the ultimate win-win: They save you money and they help reduce waste. Whip out your yarn and hook or needle of choice, and whip up a few of these for your home!