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Happy New Year, Friends! What could be better than starting fresh with a new month, a new year…and a new decade?? If you’re anything like me these days, you’ve been hard at work at goal setting, creating vision boards, and formulating a new budget after the all-too familiar season of financial strain. Gift-giving, party-throwing, and feast-making can sometimes add up to more than we bargained for. But at the same time, we still want our homes to look their best in the new year…am I right?
From today on, let’s maintain the mindset that you will never pay full price for home decor. Because really, you don’t have to. I have yet to come across an item that can not be reduced in some way, at some time of the year. So today, I’ve rounded up my favorite tricks to help you get great items for your home for less:
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”.
Ask to Purchase the Floor Model – Often imperfect or the last of its kind, you’ll enjoy significant savings. I once purchased a $200 Faux Christmas Tree off the floor for $50.
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.
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. Cost Plus World Market has a program called “World Market Rewards” where you get 15% off your first purchase when you join and earn $10 rewards for every $200 you spend. Pottery Barn’s 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″), I love to use Fedex and frameiteasy.com. Finish the prints off with homemade wooden frames and that’s one of the least expensive ways to decorate a bare wall.
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.
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.
I hope this has helped give you some ideas on how to save on home decor this year. Let me know which ones are your favorites, and cheers to keeping our financial resolutions!