Today I’m sharing 5 simple, practical ways to save hundreds on home decor. It’s easier than you might think!
These simple, practical ways to save hundreds on home decor honestly weren’t hard to come up with, because they come natural to me. If you’ve been following along here for a while, you know that my whole blog is built around this concept of thrifty decor and decorating on a budget.
In the past I’ve talked about some of the more obvious ways to save money whenever you are trying to decorate your home, such as shopping thrift stores and garage sales or checking Facebook Marketplace.
But today I have some new tips that I would like to share with you guys, and if being frugal doesn’t come natural to you, maybe this post will help you today! This is just how my mind works when I’m decorating, so here are my simple, practical ways to save hundreds on home decor:
Don’t Buy It unless You Love It
My first tip – don’t purchase something unless you absolutely love it. I have made this mistake so many times and sometimes I still make this mistake, especially when I shop at thrift stores and garage sales. I will see something and if it’s a great price I’ll convince myself that I can make it work, even if I don’t really love it.
Sometimes I bring it home, put it in my house and use it for a little while, but after a few weeks I am ready to get rid of it because I never loved it to begin with.
Goodwill especially is a weakness of mine because they carry a lot of brand new salvaged items from places like Walmart, Target and Kohl’s. I will see a brand new piece marked down, sometimes as low as 75% and buy it just because the price is so amazing. No no no!!
Even though an item is cheap and “such a great deal”, don’t buy it unless you love it! If you keep purchasing things over and over again just because they are cheap, you will end up spending a lot of money on items that you never really loved to begin with.
So this is my rule. If you don’t love it, I would suggest walking away. Now, if there is something that you are unsure about and won’t know until you see it in your home, that’s different. Save your receipt and if you don’t love it or it’s not right for your space, return it.
Can I Recreate This, for Less?
My second tip – if you find something you really love, ask yourself if you can recreate that same item for a lot less. I’ve shared so many examples throughout my home of things that I saw that I loved and knew I could recreate for a lot less.
Just recently I shared a lamp makeover that is a perfect example of this! I found a $300 lamp that I loved and recreated it for just $3.
My headboard is another example. I saw a Pottery Barn headboard that I loved, but it was over a thousand dollars. I was not going to spend that kind of money, and I knew we could make one for whole lot less. So we did!
It takes some creativity and ingenuity, but I think that you can save so much money by pausing and asking yourself if you can create the item you love, for a whole lot less. I think that habit comes naturally to those who grew up in a household that had a frugal mindset, but I know that it’s not natural for everyone. If you really are trying to save money, try this tip.
Avoid Shopping without a List
My next tip – try to avoid home decor stores unless you are looking for something specific. I am blessed to live in the middle of nowhere with no major home decor stores anywhere near me. I can guarantee that if I had the big market home decor stores nearby and I stopped in regularly, I would find something to bring home every time.
So, if you are trying to save money on home decor, try to avoid shopping altogether. Wait and only go to those stores when you are looking for something specific. A great tool to help with this is the notes app on your phone! Make a list of the things that you’re on the lookout for, and the next time you go to a home decor shopping, get out your list and only shop for the items you have written down. I think this is one of the most simple, practical ways to save hundreds on home decor.
My fourth tip – be patient! I think our generation has a real problem of wanting to have everything that it took our parents 25-30 years to accumulate. We want it all now. We think everything has to be perfect and Instagram worthy right now.
A lot of times we buy or settle in order to get a space “finished”, instead of being patient and holding out for the things that we really love. I have done this in my own home and realized later that I settled just to finish a blog post or share a photo. How silly.
I think it’s especially hard for bloggers because we feel the pressure of deadlines and so we hurry to finish a space. Wait for the gems that are right around the corner. Have patience. You will learn so much more about your style when you play around with your decor and work with what you have. You will realize what you truly love.
Work with What You Have First
My final tip – work with what you have first. Shop your home first. Every time I want to switch things around, I will go and look through my home decor stash and play with those items before I buy new.
Sometimes you might not have the right piece, but by playing with the decor that you already have, you may realize that you like something completely different than expected. Or you might surprise yourself and find that you already have the perfect piece for that vignette you are trying to work on.
I actually did this when we finished our sunroom. I can remember when my husband finished the built-ins and I wanted to decorate the shelves. All the stores were closed here due to the pandemic, but I went down into my basement and I just started trying things that I already had. I couldn’t believe it, but I was able to decorate all of the shelves and I didn’t have to spend any extra money!
I hope these simple, practical ways to save hundreds on home decor were a help you guys. I know that it doesn’t come natural for everyone to want to be frugal and save money. For some people it’s really hard and you really have to learn it, but I think if you follow some of these tips today, you will surprise yourself at how much you save on home decor.
I would love to hear from you! How have these tips helped you not only on saving money, but finding pieces you already loved in your own home and achieving a beautiful look for less? Please let me know in the comment section below![mailerlite_form form_id=2]