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7. Handyman Breakup

Budget buster: "Our handyman has been at the house so much lately, my kids think he’s a long-lost uncle. There are just so many little improvements that need to be done. Who would tackle them if he doesn’t?"

Breathe easy: Take a cue from Rosie the Riveter -- you can do it! In one weekend, you can make a trip to the home improvement store, gather materials, and finish a small repair or update. Better yet, you’ll save lots of cash by doing the work yourself. Don’t know where to start? Try one of our popular home improvement ideas such as painting a room. And before you head to the store, calculate your materials so that there’s no overbuying or overspending.

By Dawn Williams, Associate Editor

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