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Help me spend my money

I got $75 in Lowes gift cards and am having trouble spending it. What tools/materials should I buy to get the most bang for my buck? There are so many things I want I just cannot decide.

Topic by ehudwill    |  last reply


What do you spend $2 on?

So what with all the fuss about paying less than $2 a month for pro, it really is a fair question - what's something else you spend less than two dollars on? What incidentals (coffee, music, gum, those purple fuzzy socks...) do you drop $2 or more on every month? Every week? Every day? I know people who spend more than $1.95 on their morning coffee.

Topic by Lithium Rain    |  last reply


I spend to much time in the topics.

Apparenty, so do you. I really need to get back to looking at the actual Instructables, instead of constenty looking at topics. Time to spin the bottle.

Topic by Spl1nt3rC3ll    |  last reply


The War Globe

Military Spending by Andrew Cooke is a neat quick project he created that presents the amount each country spends on their military in a nice globe. The idea is neat, but what's even better is the fact that he has all the source code and instructions on how to make something like this. If you're interested in data visualization, I suggest checking this out:Military Spending Data Visualization Example

Topic by lamedust    |  last reply


I spend too much time on this forum.

I spent a little too much time on this, "random fun" forum. What about you?

Topic by Radioactv Biohazard    |  last reply


How much time do you spend on Instructables?

Well? I spend about 2 to 4 hours a day.

Topic by Plasmana    |  last reply


Add USB to ancient laptop without spending money?

I have a Dell Latitude LM that I like for word processing because of the responsive almost full sized keyboard. BUT I need it to have a USB port. I got a PC card to USB port adapter, but doesn't work because I'm not so bright. Any ideas on getting USB through the diskette drive or CD-ROM? Or is this stupid?

Question by EnthusiasticThrift    |  last reply


How Many Hours a Day do you Spend on Instructables

I was just wondering how many hours of your day youspend on instructables. I know I spend 6 hours of my day on instructables, and if I find a good instructable, that leads me to more great instructables which can lead me up to 7 or 8 hours a day.

Topic by Robot Lover    |  last reply


what is the easiest way to find SPDT switches without spending?

What is the easiest way to find SPDT switches without spending any money?

Question by mikee963    |  last reply


Space contest for 14-18 year-olds - nearly $200,000 to spend.

If you are aged 14-18, and interested in satellite technology, there is a competition for you - design an experiment to be flown on a real satellite.Entries chosen will get a budget of £100,000 for development of their project.Relevant links:http://www.spaceexperiment.info/http://www.sstl.co.uk/ (this site also has job vacancies for working on designing, building and testing satellites)http://www.bnsc.gov.uk/http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/tech/7139356.stmDon't forget to make an Instructable of your entry (and winning projects?).

Topic by Kiteman    |  last reply


How Can I Make My Sled Faster Without Spending Too Much Money? Answered

Ok, I just got a foot of snow and I want to know how to make my sled faster for little money.p.s. I have a flat bottom sled, not those complex things with like 5 skiis, just a plain old flat bottom sled well it is actually an inch of foam, then a thin layer of slick plastic

Question by Thelonelysandwitch    |  last reply


How can i make a 10,000 guass electromagnet without spending a bundle.?

It doesn't need to be exactly 10000.  that's just my goal.   It doesnt need to be mobile and can run off 120vAC.  Conversion to DC is expected.   Essentially.  I need to try and get a handle on the math and practicality of this to understand the scale.  Any input is welcome

Question by dggriffi    |  last reply


what software would be good for stopmotion videos without spending to much money?

Hello, one one of my favorite hobbies is making stop motion videos, but i make them on my 3ds. and with the 3ds you cannot add sound or have special effects. so i was wandering what kind of software i should get to make my stopmotion videos more realistic by adding sounds and effects.

Question by mr. 707    |  last reply


How do I change my desktop without spending too much money?

I found a nice desk that fits perfectly in the small space I have for it, yet it's big enough for my multiple monitors. The problem is that the veneer (a plasticky thin top) has a horrible color and it's also stained. So I want to change the desktop color (to white) by using some sort of contact or adhesive paper, but I went to Home Depot and Lowes, and they only have that thin kitchen contact paper, which is very prone to scratches.Is there something I can use to put on top of my desktop to change the color, but resistant enough to use it without any protection. I don't want to spend too much money and I don't have the room to actually change the veneer. Any suggestions?

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How can I make a top body for a soapbox car without spending too much? Answered

There's a soapbox derby in July and I wanna make a car. Plywood floorboard is no problem but I don't know about 3D shapes. Any suggestions on something a kid (12) could make? Add other suggestions if you want.

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any ideas for a large dining room table with out having to actually spend tons of money on it? ?

Thinking about doors for the top, not sure what for the legs. thinking of a saw horse but not sure how this would work. wanting to seat 10 people. need the cost to be extremely low and it to be a mix of vintage, eclectic and earthy to match the rest of my house. anyone have any ideas?

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how to remove old paints to the wood, which is thick. i am unable to spend more money? Answered

We painted to the doors continues for more than 30 years every year. the door is 100 years old with good design so please give me the solution with less cost.

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Can I make a full sized carousel horse go up and down without spending a whole lot of money?

I'm trying to figure out how to make a cool lawn decoration for Christmas, which would be a carousel horse going up and down with the help of electricity.  How can I do that without spending over $200?

Question by Coolpony    |  last reply


i need a very powerful battery (4000mah 10V or higher) and don't want to spend more then $30 please help! [answered]

I need a  VERY powerful battery (4000mah 12V or higher) and don't want to spend more then $30 please help! and i don't want i Puerkerts number lower than 1.2. can anyone help? oh, and the size of it has to fit in a 6V lantern. thats why lead acids bit the dust and (so far what i know) lithium polymer batteries bit the dust because they are way to expensive. with a 35W power consumption, its hard to find a power source that will fit in a 6V lantern, a affordable price (under $30) and powerful enough to power the load for more than an hour. (some calculations i did show i need at least 3500mah for 1 hour of usage ) but i think i might have a solution a 2 laptop batteries from amazon wired in parallel after they have been took apart. a drill battery doesn't even come close to the amount of i need and they suffer from memory effect and just plain out isn't near powerful enough (1.5 AH per cell) OR my second choice is to get many rechargeable AAA batteries and wire them to give 14.4V (BUT HOW DO I SOLDER THEM WITHOUT THE TABS? and what kind of array should i use? [68 AAA])

Question by -max-    |  last reply


Custom yet cheap iPod Boom Box

No need to spend $200 on an iPod Boom Box

Topic by fstedie    |  last reply


Metal detectors.

Ok so I want to get a metal detector. But i don't want to spend a fortune but don't want to spend $10 for a stinky one. I'm looking for one for around $50. I just want to look around my yard,and see if theres anything interesting (once i found a little diamond or some kind of rock).

Topic by Easy Button    |  last reply


Building a robotic arm?

In Science next term, we've been told that we'll need to build a robotic gripper. All it has to do is pick up a cup. I've been having a look around, and the balloon idea isn't practical because if the cup was full it wouldn't work. And I'm okay with spending a little money, but I'd rather not spend $100 or anything on a kit. So what's a good idea for me?

Question by im_caius    |  last reply


Bulk/Cheap Electrical Components

I am growing tired of spending large amounts of money on few quantities of components. Are there any [trusted] sources to buy in bulk (for cheaper) from? I'd be more then happy to buy 1,000 LEDs for $20. That's fine with me. I'm currently spending about $2.00 on just 10 LEDs. Anything is an improvement. I'm trying to stay away from auction websites like eBay. Any suggestions are useful! Thanks!

Topic by freethetech    |  last reply


Is this an Microphone amplifier and how to make it by myself?

I don't want to spend 150 USD for this thing :), but I want to do it myself. 

Topic by sbaltov    |  last reply


Math / word question

If I had a million dollars and spent one thousand dollars a day,how many years would it take to spend the million dollars?

Question by suer69    |  last reply


does anyone know how to make a usb-lan adapter that will work with the wii?

I really don't feel like spending $40 on something that seems simple enough to make. and i don't want to spend $15+ on something that might not work that i still have to pay shipping on. just need a blueprint on how to make one of these. doesn't have to be pretty, just has to work

Question by jelly.turf    |  last reply


What can I make from an old Laser Printer?

I have a Dell 1700n Laser Printer that Needs a new drum and cartridge and I don't want to spend the money on an old b/w printer. Can I use the laser for something useful like a cutter to make stencils from packing tape or Contact paper? I don't want to spend a lot of money on this. BTW, I do not have the old cartridge.

Question by Jusme_Newby    |  last reply


Good place to get parts and stuff for free.

If you go here you can do offer to get points to spend on stuff on amazon.

Topic by BradCush    |  last reply


computer function generator?

I want to build a simple computer based function generator and only spend about 10 dollars. Is it possiable, if so please lt me know about it.

Question by sci4me    |  last reply


how to dress like demon?

I want to dress like a demon for a theme party. how do i do that in the cheapest possible way without spending much.

Question by arpit_cool    |  last reply


ok i need some people to help my bad imagination

I have some projects bouncing around in my head and i want somthing kool and useful. Materials i have: metal tape, cd's, old joysticks, ipod nano i have to get a new batery for. spray paint. I wanted to paint my nano but i hate spending money and i have no money to spend lol. and some old pc parts and stuff Thanks

Topic by fretmelter  


Hockey Pass Back

I want a hockey pass back like this, but I don't want to spend that much money so I need some help to create my own.

Topic by wisconsinrules88    |  last reply


a resestor inside household items? Answered

Is there any resestors hidden inside any household items? i dont want to spend so much at my local Source-by curcit city

Question by wagnnich    |  last reply


winterize a camper/motorhome

We are tired of spending $85 bucks to have someone winterize our camper.  Do you need to blow the lines out with air? how much antifreez and were

Topic by geohsnider    |  last reply


deck baluster

We finally have to finish a deck rail - I need an inexpensive idea for balusters or something that won't completely obstruct my view. I don't like the 2x2's, or lattice. I do like the look of aluminum/metal in plain black - either square or flat - but hate the thought of spending $250 just for the balusters. I love the look of balcony panels - but getting a plasma cut piece of metal for each section is way way more than I want to spend. I'm looking for the dirt cheap alternative.

Topic by aparcel    |  last reply


Making a video game? PLEASE REPLY!!!

Hi all, i want to make a video game. i want it to be kinda like gta san andreas. i have 0 models, 0 anims, a little of a plot, and an idea 4 a setting. i need to know how to code it... make an exe... catch my drift. i am going to spend LOTS of time on this. i dont want to spend money but will if absolutely nesescary. PLEASE HELP!!! Kindly, DO NOT reply if ur not gonna give me somthing helpful.

Question by sci4me    |  last reply


Does anyone know the best way to drill into a circular saw blade?

I am making a folding knife and i am using a cut part of a circular saw blade as the blade and i have tried using quite a few drill bits and some other things but it still isn't working, i also really don't want to spend a lot on a new drill bit, but i might spend mabye $10 on one but that would be the most

Question by zipzapper859    |  last reply


What can I use for a spy camera?

I want a tiny spy camera, but dont want to spend the price, any tips?

Question by Thelonelysandwitch    |  last reply


If you had $1,000,000

If you had $1,000,000 that you couldn't spend but had to give away (to a non-realitive) who or what would you give it to. Whether its a charity or a company or whatever be creative.

Topic by ThePregergater    |  last reply


High Pressure Shutoff? Answered

How do you make a high pressure compressor stop at 4500 psi without spending tons of money? Hopefully adjustable between 3000 and 4500 psi.

Question by jj.inc    |  last reply


I'm looking for cheap audiophile headphones? Answered

I want some cheap audiophile headphones to listen to music from my laptop.  I'm unwilling to spend more than $100 on them but that doesn't mean I want to spend $99 on them if I can avoid it.  I just want the best sounding over the head, earcup, noise cancelling headphones i can get for the cheapest price.  Do you know of any?  I already tried cnet and it was sorta helpful but you're probably more helpful.  Thanks!

Question by cdubnbird    |  last reply


how to make a coffee table top?

My coffee table lost its glass top!. A new one costs $$$. How can I make one out of anything on my own without spending $$$.

Question by raghu1    |  last reply


Cheap sites?

Could someone put together a guide or something to cheap sites. so that it would be easier for people to find what they want and dont need to spend so much time on google. if u know a some good ones that is

Question by Qsam    |  last reply


my chrysler 300 is stuck in park, what is a cheap way to fix this problem?

My chrysler 300 is stuck in park, what can i do to fix this problem but not spending alot of money

Question by christoscano    |  last reply


How do I wax / groom my own eyebrows?

How do I get the salon look at home without spending a lot of money?

Question by domestic_engineer    |  last reply


How to play old xbox games w/out a hardrive.? Answered

I have a xbox 360s and i want to play starwars battlefront on it without spending barely anything

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