Before you rush out to the hardware store to buy just the right tool for your home improvement project, check to see if you can take advantage of a tool-lending library.
A tool-lending library allows you to borrow tools for a period of a day or two all the way up to a week at no cost to you. Find a local tool-lending library and you can save a little bit of money on your next DIY project.
No tool-lending library in your area? See if you can borrow the tools you need from family or friends living in your area. See if you can pick up an old tool from Freecycle or put the word out on Craigslist. You could also check local thrift shops for basic tools, or consider renting a specialty tool you only need for one particular project.
Borrowing tools (or finding them for free or at a great discount) is a good way to get a “one-and-done” project completed without a big outlay of cash. Just remember to take good care of any tools you use and remember to return the favor when asked.