Your relationships with friends and neighbors can also help you (and them) save money on home improvements. Forty or fifty years ago, neighborhood swap shops were popular. They have largely disappeared, but trading items with acquaintances or friends is still done. When you have something you plan to get rid of, either let your friends and neighbors know about it, or put those items beside your trash can where they can be seen by someone who might need them. If you start the practice, it will be easier to find out about things others might be discarding. Borrowing or swapping tools and/or equipment is also a great way to save money on your home improvement project. Instead of each of you purchasing tools for various projects, borrow from each other and save money. Just remember that your ability to borrow again will depend on you taking care of the items you borrow and returning them promptly.

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