SAVIN’ PENNIES. decorating on a budget.

Save Pennies on Decorating

I pride myself on being a pretty good bargain shopper. I learned it from my Mama! 🛍😉 I know that the best things in life are…50% off! Baha. But seriously, how awesome is it to find something stylish and cute that you don’t have to spend gobs of money on?! I’m here for it.

So what are my tricks to not spend a fortune? Here they are!

  1. SHOP END OF SEASON SALES.

That means, NOW is the time to look for spring/summer items that are being cleared out, and most likely discounted. At the end of Fall, grab some items on sale to put in the bin for NEXT Fall. Same with Christmas, etc. etc. Only pay full price for the must-have items at the beginning of the season.

  1. ALWAYS CHECK THE CLEARANCE AISLES.

I can’t stress this enough. Most of the time the clearance section has nothin special, but OH MAN, sometimes it does! It’s worth a quick look, for sure. At stores like Target, the clearance sections are on the end caps of the side aisles, so be sure to take the road less traveled to find the best deals. 😉

  1. LOOK FOR TREASURES AT YOUR LOCAL GOODWILL, ARC, OR OTHER SECOND-HAND STORES.

A $2 coffee table book, a pretty vase for $3.99, or a picture frame with the tag still on it… YES PLEASE! You are sure to find some treasures if you put the time and effort into searching.

  1. COUPONS, COUPONS, COUPONS!

Make sure you have the apps of your favorite stores on your phone. Then, when you’re in the checkout lane, pull up the app and use any coupons that apply. If you don’t, you’re throwing away free money, people! You can also check the weekly ads on the apps, which is helpful if you’re keeping an eye out for something to be on sale.

  1. USE THE WEBSITE, RAKUTEN, TO EARN MONEY!

You guys. This is a no-brainer, especially if you’re on online shopper. The website Rakuten basically pays YOU to shop! Seriously. If you haven’t heard of it, be sure to sign up today! The way it works is this: If you’re going to buy something at Gap or Overstock, for example, you go to Rakuten.com and click on the link for the store you wish to buy from. It will tell you what the cash back percentage is (it’s usually between 2-15%). Then, it will direct you to those sites and you can shop and check out like normal. Somehow it keeps track of whatever you spend at those stores, and they’ll reward you with the percentage listed as CASH BACK. Seriously. No catch. Then they’ll send you a check once you’ve earned over $5, which is very easy to do. There’s even a promotion going on right now, that once you spend your first $30 (at the store of your choice), they’ll give you a free $30! Cha-Ching! I’ve gotten checks from them for years, and it’s the best kind of mail to receive! Let me know if you have any questions.

I hope these tips help! Decorating is a process and doesn’t happen overnight. Little by little, using these tips, you’ll have a house full of treasures that don’t break the bank.

Happy shopping and huge hugs, my friends! XO! ❤

~ Kara

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