For a lot of New Zealanders the cheapest way to do something is to do it yourself. When you do want to tackle some jobs around the house or just want some new tools there are some ways to get your money’s worth.
Hardware stores are usually the first port of call when it comes to DIY.
Placemakers has introduced the ‘know how’ card that gets you 10% back in vouchers. This card is free to apply for and has no fees attached to it. http://knowhowcard.placemakers.co.nz/register.aspx
Mitre 10 Mega & Bunnings Warehouse both have a best price guarantee. Each store says it will beat a lower price on the same item by 15%. I have found the best way to do this is by checking the different hardware stores (Mitre10, Bunnings, Carters, Hammer Hardware, Placemakers, etc…) and then once you have found the lowest price go to either Mitre 10 or Bunnings with the details of the store and the price. You have to ensure that the item is not on sale and that they have it in stock. You also should make sure it is the exact same item. Stores sometimes carry similar items but they have different model #s so be careful. Personally I usually take the lowest price to Mitre 10 so that I can get Flybuys.
Specialty Items - I have found that not all things are available at the major hardware stores. Things like stainless steel fasteners are sometimes more affordable and sometimes only available from specialty shops. There are a few here on the Shore that I have very helpful:
The Bolt Shop, 191 Archers Road www.boltshop.co.nz
Fasteners Direct, 7C Saturn Place www.fastenersdirect.co.nz
It definitely pays to compare prices, I once found some baton screws at one store for $1.70 each that at the other was $5.10 each!
Have fun on your next project and if you find some great deals let us know so we can pass it on – firstname.lastname@example.org
Jason – Fit 4 Life Staff