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How To Decorate Your Home Without Spending a Fortune

How To Decorate Your Home Without Spending a Fortune

Decorating a new home is exciting, fun, and of course, expensive. If you just bought a house, you probably spent a considerable amount of money on closing costs. If you just rented a new space, you’ll have deposits to make on top of moving costs. Of course, when you have all of these expenses that come with a new place, the last thing you want to do is spend thousands of dollars furnishing it. Luckily, there are several ways that you can decorate and furnish a house on a budget. These include adapting a “DIY” spirit, which means refinishing furniture or sewing your own pillows. It also means scouring deals or perhaps being more creative with the items you already have in your home. Essentially, all it takes is a little bit of planning to stick to a budget when decorating your home. Once you know what you want and how much of it you’re going to buy, you can then go on to find the best deals. Below you’ll find more details on the top ways to save on decorating costs.

How to Decorate Home Without Breaking the Bank

1. Learn How To Sew

If you’re savvy at following YouTube videos and reading a manual, you can teach yourself how to sew. It’s really not a difficult skill to learn, and it just takes a little bit of practice. By learning how to sew, you can make pillows, sheets, curtains, and a variety of other household items in just a few hours. Why spend $30 on a decorative pillow when you can spend $5 on a yard of fabric and make two? Plus, you’ll get to customize your accessories exactly how you want them to look.

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2. Be Active On Craigslist

Many people know about Craigslist.com and how beneficial it can be when you are looking for second hand furniture. However, I also hear a lot of complaints about how some cities have better pieces of furniture than others. The way to really score big on Craigslist is to be vigilant. You have to know exactly what you are looking for and check multiple times a day for that item. It also helps if you are the first person to respond about an item, and you offer to go see it as soon as possible. Avoid overpaying for an item if it has damages or is not exactly as it was pictured in the ad. Bring cash and try to get the price for slightly less when you go to pick up the item.

3. Refinish Old Pieces

Many of us have older pieces of furniture from our parents or grandparents that don’t go with our décor. I often see pieces like this on the curb, only to be replaced by newer, more contemporary models. Spending the money on new furniture can be avoided if you refinish or paint old pieces of furniture. It will take about a weekend to refinish an old piece due to drying times, but once you do, you’ll have a “new” piece that actually fits in well with your overall design.

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4. Visit Thrift Stores

It’s amazing what people will throw out. I’ve found huge bookshelves, great pieces of art, and designer clothes at all thrift stores. Additionally, many thrift stores have 50% off days where they liquidate items before new ones come in. Some things I wouldn’t purchase from thrift stores include cloth sofas and sheets. However, inexpensive wood headboards, side tables, and art are definitely worth a trip to the thrift store from time to time.

5. Buy Floor Samples

When you go to buy furniture at a big box store, you often order pieces that you see on the show room floor. One way to keep costs down is to ask them when they will have a floor model sale. This is where the store sells the furniture that they used to showcase different collections. They might have a little more wear and tear on them from people trying them out. Otherwise, most of them should be in near perfect condition.

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6. Re-use and Re-cycle

Many people purchase accessories for their home like vases, picture frames, and other items. However, there are many household items that you use every single day that can be recycled into home décor. A glass bottle can become a vase. A tin can become a place to keep your pens and pencils. The possibilities are truly endless.

7. Embrace Minimalist Design

One easy way to save money on decorating is to simply buy less. Having a minimalist design means having a zen-like space. When you have less papers less clutter, and less mess, you feel much more at peace in your home. You’ll also feel much more at peace with your finances because you aren’t splurging on accessories that clutter your space.

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Hopefully, these tips will help you to decorate your new home with incredible style, great design, and without breaking the bank.

Featured photo credit:  modern interior design via Shutterstock

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Last Updated on August 15, 2018

30 Fun Things You Can Do This Summer Without Spending Much

30 Fun Things You Can Do This Summer Without Spending Much

Summertime can be a real strain on your wallet. The sun is out, there are people to see, places to be; it’s no wonder you might be short of funds during these sunny months. Not everything has to cost you an arm and a leg.

Take some time to go through this list of 20 cheap summer activities and make some realistic goals to complete as many as you can.

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1. Visit a strawberry festival

Summer is prime time for tasting strawberries. More often than not, an area that grows strawberries will have a strawberry festival. Indulge yourself in strawberry pies, jams, cakes and more!

2. Have a picnic

Take your partner or your family to the local park and enjoy a relaxing picnic. Designate each person to bring one food item of their choice to add to the fun.

3. Camp in your back yard

    The summer heat can sometimes make it hard to sleep. Why not enjoy the heat outside in the yard? Pitch a tent or gaze into the night sky.

    4. Take long walks

    Discover something new where you live. Take the afternoon off from your chores and go for a long walk. You may be surprised by what you discover.

    5. Break a world record

    Breaking a world record doesn’t have to be time-consuming. You could even break one on your lunch hour. Give it a go!

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    6. Go on a bike ride

    The number of bike paths on roads in big cities has increased dramatically over the years. Take advantage, and enjoy the summer breeze.

    7. Join a gym class

      The gym is not everyone’s idea of a good time, but why not go with a friend a join a class? Spinning, yoga and step classes are always more fun with friends, and a lot of gyms allow you to pay-as-you-go.

      8. Find a new hobby

      The summer is the perfect time to find a new hobby. Serotonin (our body’s natural “happy” hormone) is produced by the sunshine and will be at a yearly high, which is great for when we want to tackle something new.

      9. Join a sports team

      Not all sports teams are competitive and require huge amounts of your time. Join in the fun with like-minded people, get fit, stay healthy and make some friends along the way.

      10. Make a slip ‘n slide

        Gather your friends, some plastic sheeting, a hose, washing up liquid if desired, and make a huge slip ‘n slide just like these guys. Granted, yours won’t be as big, but you get the idea… it’s fun!

        11. Make a treasure hunt for your kids

        Today’s digital world sees our children more often than not playing inside than outside. Why not create a sense of adventure by making a treasure hunt? Only rule? It has to be outside.

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        12. Visit a free festival

        Towns and cities are awash with free festivals, with themes from film to science. Scout your local area and discover something new.

        13. Visit the zoo

          Let’s face it: we love animals. While browsing news websites and social media networks you’re bound to come across a few pictures of cats. Take a trip to your local zoo for a better experience.

          14. Take a road trip

          Enjoy the open road with a few friends and take a road trip somewhere–anywhere. Just go out and enjoy the sunshine!

          15. Play ultimate frisbee in the park

            Frisbee is always great fun down the park, but why not turn it into more of a competitive sport by playing ultimate frisbee?

            16. Make your own ice cream

            Ice cream is a very versatile dessert. Make a sandwich, enjoy a cone, or simply just enjoy a bowl full. Better yet, making your own ice cream allows you to create any flavor you want.

            17. Invite your neighbors over for a BBQ

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              When was the last time you invited your neighbors over? Do you even know them? Now’s your chance. Just ask each person to bring a food item so costs don’t mount up for you.

              18. Get a summer job

              For many students, summer is the time for relaxation and fun. But who said earning money and being productive isn’t fun? You only get out what you put into a situation.

              19. Attend a charity event

              Attending a charity event is a great way to raise funds and awareness for a cause, meet new people, and generally have a good time. Search for your local charity event today.

              20. Visit a national park

              National parks are a great way to explore nature and learn something new. You could even volunteer and make a difference in helping restore natural habitats.

              21. Visit your local comedy club

                Local comedy clubs are extremely underrated. They are cheap to attend and no doubt you’ll have a barrel of laughs.

                22. Make your own hammock

                  Hammocks are very relaxing, are perfect for summer afternoons and are surprisingly easy to make.

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                  23. Read in your new hammock

                  Now you have your very own hammock, the only thing left to do is enjoy it. Grab your favorite book and read to your heart’s content.

                  24. Watch a movie outside

                  Movies are great. Relaxing outside in the evening is great. Put them together and you’ve got a perfect combination. In D.C, Maryland and Virginia this summer, for example, you can enjoy a huge number of movies outside.

                  25. Take a hike

                    Hikes are a great way to keep fit and see more of Mother Nature. There are countless trails available for you to explore. Why not try some this summer?

                    26. Learn how to fly a kite

                    As a child, you probably had a kite and haven’t touched it since. Why not dust it off and attempt to fly it? It’s tricky, but well worth the challenge.

                    27. Work out at the park

                    American cities are full of parks with ample space for a work out session. No doubt you’ll be happier to work out in the sun rather than a crowded gym.

                    28. Take your dog to the beach

                      One of the many joys of owning a dog is taking him or her for long walks during the summertime. This joy is enhanced when visiting the beach, for both you and your dog.

                      29. Make a summer smoothie

                      Healthy, delicious and perfect for the summer. Not only that, there are countless recipes ready for you to try.

                      30. Attend a free yoga session at the beach

                      No experience needed and all skill levels are welcome. Take yourself and a buddy down to the beach and try some yoga. You’ve got nothing to lose!

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