This genius money-saving maneuver and the post itself are courtesy of my husband, Frankie Sachs
Need new schach but can’t stand the thought of spending so.much.money on it?
Well, I have a solution!
Our schach “lenetzach” that we bought in Jerusalem back in 2003 had to be retired after last Sukkot. We spent the second half of the holidays out of town last year and when we came back, we discovered that our bamboo poles were extremely waterlogged. After they finally dried out, I spotted quite a bit of mold on them.
I figured they had served us well for more than a decade and since Google was no help in figuring out how to de-mold them, we decided to move on. Only problem was that this year when I went to purchase a new bamboo schach matt, I was stunned by the prices: We were quoted $140 on an 8×8 bamboo mat from a local retailer, and the online options weren’t much less — plus we would have had to pay a ton for shipping.
freaking out a tiny bit unhappy about forking over $140 on bamboo, so I called a friend for advice. He sent me to this page from the C.R.C. where they discuss kosher schach options available at your local home improvement store.
A few clicks later and I was able to order twice the amount of schach we needed (just in case!) — and have it waiting for me to pick up at our local Home Depot in the morning.
It cost me a grand total of…
$17.43, including tax!
Note that if you go this route, you will need to have some wood support beams (as detailed on this page at the CRC’s website). Fortunately we already have on hand, but even if you have to buy them at Home Depot, they shouldn’t cost you more than a few dollars.
All told, we saved ourselves a tidy $123. That’s an 88% savings!
Sadly, Mara doesn’t think I should get to add that money to my “blow money” category for the month. I’ll have to work on her. 😉
For more frugal inspiration, check out Mara’s post on building & decorating your sukkah on the cheap.