homeowner Arlene Davis and an illustration of her cost-saving shortcut
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Drink a Beer, Install a Screw

Arlene Davis
Pocatello, Idaho

We were putting the handles on new kitchen cabinets, but the screws that came with them were just a bit too long. We were going to go buy all new screws, or washers to take up the slack, when we came up with this idea: We found that the tabs from our beer cans were the perfect thickness. It may seem a little too redneck for some people, but for us it is a reminder of the fun we had remodeling the kitchen.

What Arlene Saved: $5.58 for a pack of washers (and a trip to the store)
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