Re-Decorating On a Budget: It's Possible!
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Re-Decorating On a Budget: It’s Possible!

Posted on Monday, October 22nd, 2012 at 9:38 am
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Budgets can keep your spending tight, but that doesn't mean you can redecorate! Check out this article to learn how to redecorate on a budget!Just because you’re on a budget doesn’t mean you can’t spruce or change up your home! In fact you can get even more creative and have a more unique interior design than someone not on a budget. Even though it may seem like you’ll have less to work with, if you put in some effort you’ll be able to find furniture, art, lamps, and much more that not only fit your budget, but fit your lifestyle too! The following are great starting points for re-decorating on the cheap.

How to Re-Decorate on a Budget

1. Thrift Stores, Goodwill, Salvation Army, ReStores, Consignment Shops, etc.  
I lump these stores together because they all provide affordable merchandise full of great finds. When heading down to your local store remember that it may take some time to find something to match your decor so don’t get frustrated if you don’t find something within the first 10 minutes or even the first visit. The inventory in these stores are constantly changing so if you don’t find something you need not worry. Make another visit when it is convenient for you.

2. Garage Sales, Estate Sales, and Yard Sales
One of my favorite places to shop for home furnishings and necessities is garage sales, yard sales, and estate sales! Whenever I go it feels like a treasure hunt. In my experience I prefer garage sales and and yard sales because they are typically cheaper than estate sales, but that doesn’t mean you can’t bargain. Whenever shopping at these types of sales never be afraid to ask for a lower place. If the seller wants to get rid of their stuff, they will. Also, when bargaining, it helps to buy in bulk and ask for a lower price overall in my experience. And if you’re apprehensive about using someone else’s stuff just remember to clean it well. What’s even better is at the end of the day people throwing garage sales typically run out of steam. Instead of putting their items back in the house they’ll put them on the side of the street. Keep your eyes open for these freebies!

3. Craigslist and Online Classifieds
Craigslist and online classifieds offer a less time-consuming approach to redecorating. Instead of having to spending a weekend morning searching through piles or making multiple visits to a store, you can always browse through online ads. Since most posts contain images of the items being sold you can shop from your couch! Just remember that the photos in these ads may not be representative of what is being sold and you should always bring someone with you when checking out an advertised item.

4. Ross, TJ Maxx, HomeGoods, and Other Inexpensive Stores
Even though you are buying items new, these stores typically have awesome pricing. Stores like Ross, TJ Maxx, etc. offer great basics that you can work with and typically have markdowns that’ll make you drool. Just like garage sales or thrift stores you’ll want to hunt for the best deal possible and that might require some work on your part, but trust me the deal will be worth it!

5. Yourself!
If you can’t seem to find anything to your liking at your local stores, sales, or online classifieds keep in mind you can always create something new. This could mean taking something you already own and putting a spin on it, or it could mean creating something from scratch! If you’re looking for some inspiration I’d recommend Pintrest. It is easy to get lost on Pintrest, so I’d recommend that you pick 3 doable ideas and start from there!

Happy hunting!

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Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.