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12. Do Your Own Schlepping

If you're doing your own project, slash your materials-delivery fees by picking up goods yourself. No pickup truck? For about $400, you can purchase a nearly new single-axle utility trailer online, which you can tow behind your SUV. Get one just big enough to carry 4-by-8 sheet goods flat. Use it for a half-dozen trips, and it's paid for itself. Find trailers for sale near you via eBay Motors, or try your local classifieds.

Cost of 10 deliveries: $750

Cost to buy a used trailer: $400

SAVED: $350, plus you get to keep (or sell) the trailer
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