I literally whipped up this list within minutes of seeing a friend's post on her shopping adventures. Here are a few tips on how to save a little money while adding the little touches that help make a house...or room...or apartment a home.
Target. A necessary evil, dangerous yet oh so necessary. When shopping "in-store" at Target for home goods be sure to use the Cartwheel app for additional savings. Basically you can scan the item with your smart phone, and it saves any discounts for that item. These discounts are applied to a bar code that's scanned before completing your transaction so you receive the savings. Little known fact, Target also has coupons that you can print online. So, check for these because it's likely there will be a coupon or two for some of the home decor brands. Shopping online at Target will also bring you savings. They often have special promotions and sales unavailable in stores like an extra 10-20% off for buying multiple items or spending over a certain amount; sometimes they'll even offer free gift cards for your purchase.
Thrift shops. Especially for picture frames. While beauties like these may be an exception, I just can't let myself spend tens of dollars on picture frames. You can easily find some really great wood and glass frames from the Goodwill or other thrift stores for as low as $1 or $2. The last time I was there I found a great one from Ikea, new with the plastic! The same goes for baskets and other decorative items. Jasmine definitely shows how a little creativity can bring new life to used pieces. This leads me to my next point:
Friends/Family. Chances are you have a friend or relative with unneeded and unused furniture or household items that they'd be happy to handover. I've been lucky enough to have this happen several times, so don't be afraid to ask around. Chances are you know someone with a closet, basement, or garage with a few things they wouldn't mind you taking off their hands. Remember, you have not because you ask not.
So whether or not you consider yourself to be particularly creative, don't feel like you always have to spend more to get the look you want. There are tons of ways to save, so be patient. Don't forget to shop around for the best deal, and look to others for inspiration.
What are some of your money saving decor tips? Feel free to share the results of your home DIYs below!