Whether you have just rented your first apartment or just bought your dream home, decorating while fun, can be exhausting. It’s fairly easy to get caught up in how things look, completely forgetting how much they cost. How can you personalize your space without breaking the bank? Here is how to save money while decorating your space the way you want.
Take advantage of local Facebook groups
You already know to scour Craigslist for a bargain, but Facebook has all kinds of buy and sell groups near you. You can also use it to find yard sales in your city. It’s not much different from Craigslist in terms of people listing stuff for sale, but with Facebook profiles being visible it makes it just a little more reliable. You can see who you’re buying from and you never know you might mutual friends.
Estate Sales and Thrift Stores
This is going to take some work on your part. You can find pieces that are unique and have a lot of character but remember their inventory constantly changes so drop by often and if you see a bargain grab it! There’s a good chance it will be gone tomorrow. Here are some tips for finding great deals.
Big Box Stores
We all cringe at the idea of trying to assemble IKEA furniture and you may not want to decorate your home the same way you did your college dorm. But…IKEA has plenty of decorative knick knacks and art pieces at a reasonable price. You won’t even have to assemble anything. Homegoods is another great place to pick up cool stuff, and it is fairly inexpensive. Again it has a constantly changing inventory so drop by often.
Don’t Forget Friends
Every time someone moves chances are they are getting rid of some of their stuff and do a little shopping for the new place. Your friends and family do that too. Let them know what type of pieces that you’re looking for and ask them to keep an eye out. You never know when someone might stumble across the perfect end table or area rug.
Be Patient Grasshopper
You’re new place won’t come together overnight, it’s going to take some time and patience to get exactly the look and feel you want. Start by making your home feel warm and inviting. Gradually you will find all the pieces you need to tie everything together perfectly.