I’ve put in a lot of miles on a paint brush and roller over the years and, during all of that painting, I’ve picked up a couple of small, money-saving tips.
First of all, it’s worth investing in sample pots of paint (about $5/each usually) to make sure you get the color right. This is one of those things where you have to spend money to save money. Ultimately, though, it’s better to spend $15-20 on samples than having to buy a whole other gallon if the color you just put all over your wall makes you want to cry.
(I’ve actually been there and did that very thing. And I didn’t get a t-shirt.)
Painting the right color the first time is worth it.
If you’re going to use the same color again soon, wrap up the roller covers in cling wrap. This will keep the roller ready to use for a few weeks! I wrap it tightly (sometimes on the roller handle, sometimes not) and label it with the color (or room) and date I last used it.
It saves washing out the roller cover (which I hate doing) and it’s better than pitching it after one use.
I will also let the paint on plastic roller tray liners dry out, so I can just pour new paint over them. This way, I can reuse roller tray liners many times over.
I also use old towels as drop cloths when I’m painting a room. I found that I really don’t need to have a huge drop cloth, but I just need the floor covered right under where I am working.
I have a few drop cloths that I use when I’m painting furniture or ceilings, but if you don’t have any, there is not need to go out and buy one. An old towel will work fine.
If you’re going to spend good money on quality paint and brushes, it’s nice to find a few places to pinch some pennies.
Aaaand, speaking of thrift, I am committing to a no-spend February. I believe this concept was made popular by Dave Ramsey (or poor college students), but I’m not sure on that one. Either way, I have been thinking of doing it for a while and February seems like a nice, quiet month to do it.
Now, I’m saying “I”, because I am doing it for my business. Personally, we have a budget and are good at sticking to it (or moving money around from different categories to make everything balance each month.
With my business, though, it’s easy for me to be impulsive about supplies and photoshoot props and materials for projects. It’s also easy to get sucked into newsletter sales, coupon codes, or “here’s the most amazing thing-you-need-to-buy” that you’re bombarded with when you’re on the computer a lot. And, yes. I realize I participate in that whole cycle as a blogger/influencer as well as an end user.
But, I’m not always good at telling myself no or to just wait. I sometimes find myself trolling for something to buy instead of combing my house to see if I already have something that will work. I want to break that impulse and be even more intentional about every dollar I spend.
So, I will pay my bills and recurring financial obligations to keep everything running. I can buy some thread and other small things if I need them to finish a project. I can’t buy fabric for a new project, though.
Not only will this save me some money, but it will force me to work on the projects I already have materials for. It will also encourage resourcefulness and creativity.
Now, I did make a few purchases in January that I’ll be sharing in February, but I won’t be buying anything new. That’s the plan, anyway. We’ll see how it goes! I think it will be a great exercise!
Have you ever tried a no-spend month?