How to Save Money When Decorating Your Home
We are thrilled to have this guest post from Kim over at ourhomeliving.com! We highly recommend checking out her site for all things design and organization inspiration to turn your home into a sanctuary! She also knows how to stay frugal in the process of reaching your dream home goals! Just see how to start below!
Have you ever wanted to decorate your home and realize that kind of thing costs money? So many times I get stuck in a jam when planning my budget and realize I don’t have the funds to redecorate. Here are some great tips on how to save money when decorating your home.
Hi there! My name is Kim from Our Home Living. Grace and Scott were kind enough to let me share some of my insight for decorating when on a budget. This truly is a topic most people tend to overlook when creating their budget. So let’s dive in, shall we?
Save Money When Decorating
What Can You Afford?
Most of us have a general understanding what our income is and where it goes after it hits the bank. The issue when it comes to decorating is having that allocated fund for everything you need.
What I want to stress first is that it is extremely important to pay your bills before you start buying decor. I have been guilty of this and it was a hard lesson learned. I was stuck in a pinch because I saw a pretty sign at Home Goods and thought it would look amazing in my living room. Little did I realize I didn’t have enough money to pay the car insurance bill later that week.
I knew I didn’t have a lot of money to work with when I bought that sign but I gave in to impulse. In that sort of situation, I wish I had started my fund/budget for decorating and had some cash on hand.
So make sure you have the money and it isn’t reserved for the important stuff before making a purchase.
Start With Baby Steps
This is in reference to figuring out what you can afford in order to save money when decorating your home.
If you know you want to redecorate your family room but are not sure where to start financially, take a step back. Plan everything. For instance, if I would have taken my time to plan the funds necessary I wouldn’t have succumbed to impulse and purchased that sign.
I would have planned out step by step based on my budget, even if it would take a while to get everything I would need to decorate.
If you don’t know where to start when decorating your home and need a little inspiration, check out my post: Need Inspiration for Decorating?
Getting What You Want for the Cheapest
Price shop. Really that is what it all boils down to. If you want to save money when decorating your home you have to shop smart.
Make sure to pay attention to sales. Some great sales are always after major holidays. So if you think you can hold off decorating a room until after such a time, I highly recommend you do.
Can You DIY It?
This is a question that should be asked every time you want to purchase something new if you want to save money when decorating your home. In the world of Pinterest and everything DIY, most pieces of furniture, signs, simple decor have, more than likely, some kind of tutorial on how to make it yourself.
For instance, I really wanted these industrial pipe looking shelves from Wayfair but when I found out they cost over a hundred dollars for not even three shelves my jaw dropped. So my husband decided to get creative. He created his own version of the shelves.
If you want to check out the shelves stay tuned at Our Home Living for the details as soon as they are ready.
Can You Get it for Free?
Free is always a good option but you still have to be careful if it is really worth it.
A few times I have been given old decor from family because they were freshening up the look of their home or it was trash to begin with. I think sometimes I am given things because my family might think I am crafty enough to repurpose things. Which isn’t entirely true.
Another great way to score awesome decor would be to ask if anyone is moving. I know it sounds weird, but hear me out. People that move give away so much stuff. They will usually host a yard sale before the big move. The goal of any yard sale is to 1.) Sell what you can to make a buck and 2.) get rid of it all even if you have to give it away.
This is a great opportunity to get free stuff.
I hope these tips provide you with guidance to save money when decorating your home.
Kim is a wife and a stay at home mom who loves spending time with her little boy. She likes managing her home and seeking out ways to improve her way of living.