I was unemployed or underemployed for 2 years back in 2008 and 2009, so I know exactly how it is. That being said, you need to decide how you're going to get this pool under control. I can pretty much guarantee you that the cheapest, most accurate and efficient way to get your pool clean is to use the test kit and advice given by everyone here. You'll spend $30-40 more now, but you'll save hundreds in the long run. (Take a look at my signature to give you an idea of the money saved when you do only what's right for your pool.)Originally Posted by Noah_Count
I can pretty much guarantee that you will be wasting money if you use the advice of the pool store, or if you blindly put chemicals in the pool (or any combination of both). The last time you went to the pool store, when they gave you the list of stuff to buy and the grand total, did you blink as you handed over your credit card? How much was it? (I know I didn't two years ago.)
Again, it's up to you to decide how to proceed, but you will be correctly using accurate amounts of chemicals purchased from a grocery store if you follow our advice. There's no cheaper way to do it.