I admit it: right now I'm not able to chase discounts as easily as I did in the pre-baby days. But I can still pick up the phone! Our last house project is installing shoe molding around the baseboards. A gap was left when we removed the carpet and finished the hardwoods.
My gung-ho husband was on his way to Home Depot when I suggested I call around for prices first. Compared to the chain store's 47 cents a linear foot, this poplar molding for 30 cents was a deal. I never thought the local Ace hardware and lumber company could beat the big guys! Unfortunately, Home Depot wouldn't beat the price by 10% because the products were not exactly the same. The savings for a few phone calls?