I’m a stay at home mom and I absolutely love to decorate my home. I mean, being a stay at home mom, you spend 95% of your time in the home, so why not make it look as good as possible? Unfortunately, if you’re a stay at home mom, you’re probably on a very strict budget. Lucky for us, stay at home moms are typically experts when it comes to frugal living and I’ve certainly learned some things over the years that will help you save some serious cash when it comes to decorating your home when you don’t have much money to throw around. Scroll down to check out some of my biggest tips for decorating your home on a budget.
#1. Take Advantage of Hand-Me-Downs
I’m certainly not ashamed of decorating my home with some hand-me-downs that my family members and friends have given me over the years. Also, some of the hand-me-downs are antiques, which look really cool. Also, each piece I’m given reminds me of the people that I care about. If you’re struggling to find hand-me-downs from family members and/or friends, you could always look for used furniture at stores like Goodwill.
#2. Mix Modern Styles with Traditional Styles
Okay, so most of the hand-me-downs are going to come your way, because they’re out of style and people want to upgrade to the newest styles. Well, you should consider mixing modern styles with the traditional styles of your hand-me-downs for a very unique and amazing look. I’ve seen some people that have pulled this off very well.
#3. Browse Craigslist
Craigslist has tons of sections that you can check out and these sections are usually littered with excellent deals. I’ve seen a ton of people offering up stuff like furniture and televisions in the “free” section. All you have to do is go pick it up and it’s yours. The “furniture” section on Craigslist is another great section of the site you should check out. Sometimes, people just want to get rid of the stuff in their home to free up some clutter, so there’s some excellent things you can find on Craigslist.
eBay has practically everything you could ever imagine. I’ve seen some people go on eBay and find home furniture that’s been appraised for thousands of dollars, but they get it for less than $100 bucks, because the person had no clue what they were selling. eBay can be a huge asset, but don’t get caught up in any sort of bidding wars, because that’s a very easy way to overspend on items.
#5. Make Touch-Ups of Cover Items
I know a lot of people that will get a scratch or a tear in some of their items and they will just replace the item, which can cost a lot of money. Instead of replacing items, you should consider repairing them on your own to save a ton of money. For instance, when we moved into our new place, we put a huge scratch on our television stand and it was very noticeable. I bought a touch-up marker and fixed it in less than a minute.