Money Talks News: Home Improvements for Less Than $50

When it comes to owning a home, one of the joys, and sources of financial stress, is doing improvements.

But not every project requires a giant budget or a contractor.

There are lots of things you can do around the house this weekend for little money that will give big improvement.

Example? Paint is probably the best bang-for-the-buck improvement you can make.

It can be as simple as painting the front door or trim, or as complicated as painting the entire interior.

Either way, it's a job you can do yourself.

Want cheap paint? Check Craig's list, Freecycle and the Habitat for Humanity Restore.

Want a new sofa? Do what we did here: slipcovers.

A $50 improvement that brought an old sofa new life. Want a new look for nothing? Rearrange the furniture this weekend.

Here's something else free: DE clutter. The quickest and cheapest way to make your home look both bigger and better.

Lighting can totally change the look of a room. And LED lighting can pay for itself.

Replacing old fixtures with new ones isn't expensive, especially if you find them used.

Again, check the Resale store and online. Then there's gardening. New plants are easy to put in and really dress up the outside of your home.

You'll get maximum savings by using seeds, rather than buying full-grown plants.

Even changing the hardware on your kitchen cabinets and drawers can make a big difference. It's cheap, and definitely DIY.

Bottom line? There are tons of things you can do this weekend that won't cost a lot of money and will improve your property. Want more ideas?

I've got em waiting for you. Just go to and do a search for "home improvements."

For Money Talks News, I'm Stacy Johnson.