99-Cent Store Solution #5: Fix a Stripped Screw

Man using a screwdriver A stripped screw isn't necessarily bound for the trash can—a quick fix can be done on the cheap. Image: pkline/iStockphoto

Yesterday, we tightened a loose cabinet hinge for less than three bucks. Today’s tip is the most inexpensive of our series. The turn of the screw is … a pain in your neck if it’s stripped.


  • Hacksaw, 99 cents
  • “Chiquidracula” DVD, 99 cents. What a find!

Total: $1.98

What you do:

  • Use the hacksaw to cut into the top of the stripped screw to create a new groove for the screwdriver.
  • Reward yourself with a job well done: Watch the 1992 Mexican movie classic “Chiquidracula.”

What other inexpensive home fixes have you found or tried? What minor home repair job have you neglected because of lack of time?