Frugal Ways to Decorate for Fall
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4 Frugal Ways to Decorate for Fall

Posted on Thursday, September 17th, 2015 at 5:30 pm
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Decorating your home for Fall doesn't have to cost a fortune! Here are some tips to make your fall decorating more frugal.It’s time for the pumpkins, leaves, and fall floral decorations! Ready to decorate your home for Fall? You can do it without spending a lot of money. Frugal decorations can look just as lovely as the expensive versions. No one will be able to guess how much, or how little, you spent!

Start with what you have.
Before you make any purchases of fall decorations, it is a good idea to find out what you already have. Set aside some time to go through the garage, attack the attic, and search the storage shed for boxes of Fall decorations that you put away last year. It is easy to forget what was in those boxes.

Sometimes, decorations that have been stored away do not come out of storage very well. Dust everything off and check to see what is still usable. Throw away (or recycle) decorations that have been damaged beyond the point of use. Make a list of things you need to replace.

Check the dollar stores.
The dollar stores sell many of the same type of Fall decorations as the craft stores do. The difference is that things are frugally priced at the dollar stores, and may be quite expensive at the craft stores.

Dollar stores are great places to find plastic leaves and flowers that are in Fall colors. Will you be making a Fall wreath for your front door? You can’t beat the price of the plastic flowers and leaves that are at the dollar stores.

Search for the sales.
Before you head out to your favorite craft store, visit their website. Find out if they are currently having a sale on Fall decorations. Look for printable coupons that can help you save money on the items that you purchase. Avoid buying decorations that you already have at home.

Compare the prices of the Fall decorations at the craft stores with the prices of the Fall decorations sold at department stores. Target, Kmart, Walmart, and other department stores carry seasonal items. Do a little digging and you can figure out which store has the best price on the decorations you want to buy.

Pick some plastic pumpkins.
There are plastic pumpkins, in a variety of sizes and colors, that look just like the real thing. No one will know that you decorated with plastic ones (unless they pick them up). Buy a few little ones, in different colors, to use as a centerpiece on your table. Put some large plastic pumpkins on your porch. The best thing about plastic pumpkins is that they are reusable. You won’t have to buy new ones next year!

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