There is an old saying, “A Penny saved is a penny earned.” It’s stated that it may have originated in the late 1800s, but a lot people give credit to good ol’ Benjamin Franklin. What he actually wrote in one of his articles was, “A penny saved is two pence cleared.” Of course Benjamin Franklin was a businessman; so this statement had more to do with his balance sheet then actually just saving a penny.
Either way, the idea behind the phrase is that the less money you spend the more money you have. This statement comes to mind almost every time I get something for FREE. I know what you’re going to say, “nothing is ever free”. True, but that is an explanation for another time. Let’s stay on track here.
Now back to what I was saying. When I get something for free my first thought is, “How much did this just save me if I had actually paid for it?” So I’m super frugal. This is NO secret. But that is just how I think. Whether it be free wood I could use to build something, free trial memberships, or a free coke I won from under a bottle cap. Insert thought bubble here…”Wait, do they even do that anymore?”
As you have read from my post about building my daughters playground you know that I like anything FREE. As fall approaches and the leaves start to fall it has become even more apparent that this playground needs a roof. Luckily, I have some tinted corrugated plastic roofing that will work perfect. I found four sheets of this stuff next to the dumpster at my work one night. And one mans trash is truly another mans treasure or at least another mans savings.
A simple wash & rinse and its ready to be mounted to roof frame. I used As Seen on TV Flex Shot sealant to seal the old screws holes and cover the new screws to prevent leaks after installation.
I was originally going to use these sheets for a chicken coop, but it works so much better for this project. It will provide protection from rain and shade from the sun. Each one of these roofing panels would have cost $17 at the hardware store. So I saved approximately $68 dollars simply by taking out the trash.
The next step will be adding the drapes and/or some seating. I might even add some lanterns or hanging plants on either side of the roof to add interest.
Stay tuned for the next episode of “My Daughter’s Playground” to see how the project progresses. Leave a comment and send me pics of your backyard playground projects. I would love to see it!