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10 Unique Home Decorating Tips that are Easy on Your Wallet

10 Unique Home Decorating Tips that are Easy on Your Wallet

Home is not just a place; it is much more than that. The place where we spend our childhood, adulthood, and yes, the older years of our life. Not only to us, but our friends and relatives, it is a place with which many wonderful memories are associated. No doubt you want your home to be the best.

Decorating your home can sometimes be beyond your means. So here are 10 unique home decorating tips that are easy on your wallet.

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    1. Give your home comfort and elegance with Pillows.

    Pillows are the best supporters for your back when you want to watch a movie or have those late night conversations. Always use large, overstuffed pillows that can provide more elegance as well as comfort. You can even use throw pillows of different shapes and sizes to give your old room a new look. Remember to choose the right color pillows that complement your room.

    2. Have an awesome entry.

    The look of your home should catch the eyes of visitors as soon as they enter. The entrance wall of your home or rooms can be decorated with a bold wallpaper, which would be quite attractive. You can have a decorative key box in the foyer, or a beautiful nameplate for your house would also be charming. Try to maximize your foyer space.

    3. Accent lighting can bring change.

    You can use accent lighting to highlight your decor. For the kid’s room, which is often turned into a party hall, try some different colored lights. Good lighting will give your room more vibrant look.

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    4. Make home decor items from everyday materials.

    Many common materials can be used to create beautiful decorations. Believe me! They have a more appealing look to the guests than those expensive items bought from the market. These days, many good art and craft-related videos are available free on the web – you could even learn how to use the waste materials to generate the best decorations. One of the ways to decorate your home using such materials is to create a lamp using balloon and old wool.

    5. Showcase your child’s achievements.

    Don’t let all those hard-earned trophies and medals go waste. Search for a suitable corner where you can showcase them and add more value to your house. This will not only decorate your home, but also boost your child’s moral.

    6. Focus on the room that is used most by guests.

    This can be helpful when you are planning a low budget makeover of your home. The maximum attention should be paid to the rooms where you entertain your guests. Try to maximize the space of this room by using appropriate furniture. You can also paint one of your walls with bold colors and then showcase all your decor on that wall.

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    7. Keep those wonderful areas clean and attractive.

    Generally, people don’t keep their laundry place clean enough. Get out of those light shades and use bright and vibrant colors. You can get a bunch of artificial or natural flowers in the market which will add more colors to this dull corner of your house.

    8. Accessorize the bathroom.

    A bathroom is a place that catches everyone’s attention. You can make this part of your home more attractive by choosing the right accessories. Accessories matching to your bathroom shade will certainly have a significant effect. Towels, rods, mats – all these are inexpensive items that you can add according to your bathroom theme.

    9. Paintings express it all.

    In today’s modern era, having a great picture on your room’s wall can add a lot to your class. Various modern art paintings are available in market at affordable prices. Choose the right ones according to your taste and display them there.

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    10. Housekeeping!

    All your efforts will go in vain if your home isn’t clean and doesn’t smell good. Clean your house often. Even the tiniest particle of the dust, if visible, can ruin all your efforts. Use a good room freshener that will make your home’s fragrance aromatic.

    Hope you liked these small budget tips. These tips are easy on your wallet, and will give your home a new look that your visitors will love.

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    Published on September 17, 2018

    How Being Smart With Your Money Leads to Financial Success

    How Being Smart With Your Money Leads to Financial Success

    Achieving financial success is not something that just happens. Maybe if you win the lottery or something, but for the average person like you or me, it comes from a series of small steps you take over a long period of time.

    With each step, you form a new smart money habit. And with each smart money habit, you build towards financial independence.

    So what sort of habits can you form to get on that path? Let’s take a look at smart money habits you can start today to get you closer to a financially independent future.

    1. Avoid being “penny wise but pound foolish”

    It’s tempting to try saving a couple cents here and there when buying small items. However, that’s not where the real money is saved. You’re putting in extra effort for something that doesn’t move the needle.

    You get the most bang when you’re able to cut down on your bigger bills. For example, finding a lower interest rate for your mortgage could save you $50+ per month. And cutting your transportation bill by purchasing a cheaper car or taking public transportation can provide large gains as well.

    So, look at your recurring expenses such as housing, transportation, and insurance, and see where there’s wiggle room. It’s a much better use of your time than trying to pinch pennies here and there on smaller purchases.

    2. When you want something big, wait

    Impulsivity can get you in trouble in most aspects of life. Finances are no different.

    It’s human nature to see something and want it right then and there. It starts as a kid in the checkout line at the grocery store, and it continues on through adulthood.

    We get an idea in our head of something we want, and it’s hard not to go out and get it right then.

    A good example is wanting a new car. Perhaps you’ve had your car for several years. It’s crossed the 100k mile mark. Maybe maintenance is due, and you’re annoyed that you need to replace the timing belt or purchase new tires.

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    So, you get the itch.

    You start digging around online, and you realize you could trade in your current car for something newer and more exciting… all for a few hundred bucks a month. Then you get obsessed.

    Here’s where you have to take a step back.

    Your newfound obsession is clouding your judgement. Rather than giving into the impulse, wait it out.

    Set a timeframe for yourself. Maybe you come back to the decision three months down the road. See if the obsession lasts.

    It might, but often, a funny thing happens. Often, you forget about it. And often, you find that the new car wasn’t a need at all.

    The impulse faded. And you just saved yourself a ton of money.

    3. Live smaller than you can afford

    You finally get that big raise. And you want to celebrate – and why not?

    You’ve been looking forward to this forever. And after all, it was all due to your hard work.

    That’s fine, splurge a little. However, make it a one-time deal and be done.

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    Don’t get caught in the trap that just because you’re now making more money, you should spend more.

    Too often, people get more money and feel like they that gives them the means to buy a bigger house, a bigger car… you know the drill. Resist.

    The fact is that living smaller than what you can afford is one of the fastest ways to build savings.

    But if you constantly upgrade as you begin to make more, then you’ll never get ahead. You’ll just build up more debt along the way and have just as little wiggle room as before.

    4. Practice smart grocery shopping

    Food… it’s one of the biggest portions of any budget. And if you’re not careful, it can be one of the biggest drains on your wallet.

    But luckily, there are a few things you can do to ensure that you stay smart with your money when buying groceries.

    Create a grocery budget

    Set a strict weekly grocery budget. When you know how much you can spend on groceries, you can then plan your weekly menu around it.

    Once you know what all you need, you can go shopping and keep a running tally as you shop to ensure you’re on track.

    I tend to do this in my head, rounding for each item. However, writing it down as you go would probably work best for most people.

    Make a list… and never deviate

    Never go to the grocery store without a list. If you go to the store with a ballpark idea in mind, you don’t have a true ide of what you need.

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    You’re not well-researched. You don’t know what the sales are. As a result, you’re going to make decisions on the fly.

    These impulse decisions will lead to overspending, which will derail your grocery budget.

    Eat before going grocery shopping

    It’s also important to eat prior to going to the grocery store. Hunger is a powerful force.

    If you’re shopping on an empty stomach, everything is going to look good. In particular, you may find a lot of ready-made, processed snacks will look enticing.

    After all, you’re hungry now and that food is easily available. So subconsciously, you may lean towards those items.

    Unfortunately, not only are those items typically less healthy, but they’re likely more expensive. You pay for convenience.

    However, when you eat prior to shopping, then you’ll shop with a clear mind. Your hunger won’t cloud your judgement, influencing you to make poor decisions like a cartoon devil resting on your shoulder whispering in your ear.

    This makes it much easier to stick to your grocery plan.

    5. Cancel your gym membership

    Now that you’re all set on your food, it’s time to get smart about managing your budget in terms of physical fitness. And let’s begin by avoiding the gym. The gym bill, that is.

    The average gym membership costs around $60 per month. That’s $720 a year.

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    Yet, two out of three gym memberships go unused. That means two-thirds of people who have a gym membership are literally giving away almost a thousand bucks a year. It’s crazy!

    I recommend seeking an alternative. One good alternative is to look into fitness streaming services.

    Streaming services allow you to stream hundreds of workouts like Insanity and p90x, right in your own home for around $10-20 a month. That’s $40-50 less a month than the average gym membership.

    Of course, then there’s the free option. The internet is full of free workouts that you can do on your own with minimal or no equipment.

    For example, there’s the Couch to 5K program, that I personally used a decade ago to ease myself from couch potato to running my first 5K race. If I could do it, anyone could.

    Then there are free resources like reddit that have limitless information on workouts. The Fitness subreddit has done all the research for you, populating workout tips and detailed workout routines for anyone to use in their wiki.

    There are several routines that require no equipment. And you can join in on the subreddit to become part of the community, making it easier for those seeking comraderie and encouragement in their fitness goals. All for free.

    It’s baby steps… And baby steps can start now!

    I’ve never met anyone that can’t stand to be a bit smarter with their money. And on the flip side, anyone can get smarter with their money. But remember, it doesn’t happen all at once.

    Begin by fighting your impulses. Prepare for the week and be smart at the store. And cut monthly expenses like gym memberships that are overpriced and you probably aren’t getting your money’s worth out of anyway.

    The devil is in the details. And the details can change your lifestyle and prep you for a financially independent future.

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