Last weekend I stopped at our neighborhood hardware store, Ace at Hilldale. Rewards coupon of $5 in hand I went to the register and inquired about weather stripping. "Aisle 27, we'll have someone meet you" was their reply. Within a minute I was standing in front of quite the variety of weatherproofing supplies. I located some foam stripping with adhesive on the back and the packaged claimed it would cover one standard door. Price, $5.49. Since my door is smaller than the current standard door, I felt confident one pack would do the job. At the register I presented my rewards card, the package, and my coupon. The total out of pocket came to $0.52! I was done in under 5 minutes, and this was in the middle of a Sunday afternoon (with no Packers playing at the moment).
We are a frugal family, but that does not mean we shop at the big box retailers on the edge of town. We tried it when we first bought this house but found them impractical. It was hard to find anyone to help. It required a drive there and back, double it if you have a return. And the savings were never that great, especially on single items.
I'm hoping that my $0.52 weather stripping will save us some dollars on heating costs. And next Spring I'll be pricing a new, energy efficient door! Now I just need to put the weather stripping on the door....where is that "to do" list?