My All-Time Favorite Ways to Save on Home Decor
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It’s that time again…the most wonderful time of the year! And as wonderful as it is, it often comes with a bit of financial strain. Gift-giving, party-throwing, and feast-making can sometimes add up to more than we bargained for. And at the same time, we still want our homes to look their best.
From today on, let’s maintain the mindset that you will not ever pay full price for home decor. Because guys, you don’t have to. I have yet to come across an item that can not be reduced in some way, at some part of the year. I have rounded up my favorite tricks to help you get great items for your home for less:
Buy at the Right Times – I often wait for a holiday, the start of the year, or mid-year for the best prices.
Do Your Homework – I recently purchased night stands from Joss and Main that were also listed on their sister company’s site for $20 more apiece. Guys. The same company. Be sure to shop around before clicking, “Complete Purchase”.
Shop Stores that Offer Significant Savings – Outfits like HomeGoods, T.J.Maxx, Marshalls, Ross, Kirkland’s, HomeSense, and At Home boast prices that are generally 20%-60% below what’s typical.
Ask to Purchase the Floor Model – Often imperfect, you will enjoy significant savings. I once purchased a $200 Faux Christmas Tree off the floor for $50.
Comb Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace – Play around with different search phrases to maximize your results. I typically make a lower offer unless it’s listed as, “price firm”. Chances are, the item is priced high as folks expect some negotiation.
Search Consignment Shops – Prior to moving across the country my first time around, I left a substantial amount of near-new and brand new merchandise at my local shop. My motto was, if it didn’t fit in the trunk of my car, it wasn’t coming with me. And my losses were definitely someone else’s gains.
Hit Your Local Goodwill – Could be hit or miss, depending on your area…but definitely worth a look.
Visit Neighborhood Yard Sales – Don’t be afraid to arrive a bit before the advertised start time. People have done this at all of the yard sales I’ve hosted and they almost always leave with the best stuff.
Submit an Email Opt-In for Coupons and Discounts – It’s worth clogging your inbox just a bit more for this, I promise…I’ve saved up to 40% on one item! If you’re already enrolled with a store, create a new email address and join again.
Download Shopping Rebate Apps – Ebates is by far one of my favorite online shopping tools. I wish I started it much sooner, but just in the past year I’ve earned $152.53! Some of my favorite places to use Ebates for home decor are Overstock.com, Crate and Barrel, Target.com, and Etsy. They will start you off with a free $10 bonus once you have used my link to make a $25 purchase. Ibotta is my other favorite rebate app and you can get a $10 bonus just for signing up with my link! Although I use it mostly for groceries, I recently used it to print wall art at my local Walgreens and they have some great online shopping bonuses. I have enjoyed over $226.00 in lifetime earnings and we can cash out any time we hit a minimum of $20 for money or gift cards.
Download Discount Apps – RetailMeNot is a free app that offers discounts at a large number of major retailers. I have it on my phone and usually search the store I’m at while waiting in line at the register. The Target app (previously Cartwheel) is also great, but I recommend selecting your savings before hitting the store as it can take some time to select items.
Join Rewards Programs – You get rewarded for customer loyalty – how great is that? My favorites these days are Overstock.com at up to 40% back, and Designer Living at 5-15% back that you can use on their websites. The Pottery Barn family of companies has a program called, “The Key” where you can join for free and earn 3% back at seven of their stores including West Elm and Williams Sonoma Home.
Be Creative with Wall Art – Freeart.com will send you an 8×10 for $1.99. Turn your family or nature photos into wall art. My favorite printer these days is Walgreens. Their app offers a quick and easy way to get great quality prints that are true to size. For larger art (18×24″ up to 36×48″), Staples is known for their high definition engineering prints. Finish them off with homemade wooden frames and they are one of the least expensive ways to decorate a bare wall.
Work With a Design Professional – Many of us source great products at reduced industry prices. A lot of time, the product savings in themselves can even pay for a good amount of your design service!
I hope this has helped give you some ideas on how to save on home decor this season, and in the upcoming year. Let me know which ones are your favorites!