Let’s face it, making over any space can be quite expensive and a challenge to do on a budget. Resourcefulness and being creative can come in handy for a project like this. Being on the budget, the challenge is to find creative ways to save money, make things on your own, and even possibly, get some things for free.
ALWAYS Look Up Coupons Online
If you’re not looking up coupons online, or asking the cashier if there are any coupons available that day in any store, then you are leaving a lot of money behind. I have seen so many people paying full price when they could have saved 20% or more just by using a coupon.
The thing is, the cashiers will rarely let you know on their own. It’s something you have to take initiative of yourself. So, make sure you’re saving that money because the savings certainly add up for just a few seconds of your time.
Find hidden money
Along the line of coupons, sometimes other companies give rewards or gift cards to other brands so make sure to keep a lookout for those. For example, at one-point Whole Foods did a promotion that if you purchase anything you need in the store for $10 you would get a credit for $10 dollars on Amazon. Similarly, Verizon gives rewards in gift cards to places if you have a certain plan.
Businesses tend to do this quite often to promote and give an incentive for customers to come back. So just by making purchases you already need, you can actually get free money that you can use for your room makeover.
Sign Up for the Rewards Program
Signing up for the rewards program is another great way to save money because almost every store has a reward program these days. Before ordering online, shop around to see if the store has a rewards program that provides a discount. Many stores have a deal available right away as an incentive if you sign up. All you have to do is sign up with your email and you can use the deal immediately with your order.
Paint is powerful
A new coat of paint can do wonders, whether it is for a wall, a piece of furniture, or a décor item. There are so many ways you can use paint to freshen up a space and make things look completely different. Whether you go for a bold or a soft color, you have the power to set the tone in any space.
Painting furniture can be a bit tricky to make it look flawless, but here’s a good guide that is easy to follow. It’s a great way to make your furniture look brand new.
Look in Thrift Stores
Thrift stores can sometimes have incredible furniture or décor piece finds. Not only is this a great way to upcycle and have an antique piece in your space that has a story to tell, it can be fun to restore and bring a piece back to life. Get creative with things you can find and remake whether you find beautiful frames for a gallery wall or a bench you restore and make a cushion for an entryway. These finds will bring a lot of savings even though they can take some time to refresh.
Wait for a sale
It’s hard to wait for a sale when you’re making over a space, but if you know you want to redo a room, start shopping early. Check your favorite stores every now and then, and explore new stores. If you see something you love for a really good deal, why not purchase it then and keep it until you’re ready to do your refresh. Sometimes the best thing to do is to just wait for a good sale or coupon to come along to save on something you want to get, rather than spend more money on the spot.
If you can’t find something you love for a great price in stores, then search online. Many times, online prices can beat store prices, of course depending where you look, because they don’t have so ,any overhead costs. Shop in the clearance sections of your favorite stores online and you are sure to score a great deal.
However, don’t forget to compare the store prices to the online prices with the cost of shipping included. To prevent additional shipping costs as much as possible, ship to the store instead of to your home, if available. Many stores offer free shipping if you ship to the store instead.
Don’t buy name brands
As tempting as it can be to buy top of the line brands, for a budget makeover that doesn’t always work. So instead of shopping at Anthropologie, you can find some just as tasteful things at Target for a fourth of the price. Then, your space can look stylish and you can feel at peace, knowing you didn’t just spend a fortune on a few things for the room.
Look up selling apps
With selling apps, sometimes you can find things for free or cheap that people are willing to give away just because they want to get rid of it as fast as they can. Some selling apps that are great to look around in the community are Offer Up and Let Go. With this, you will want to check the apps often because free things and the really good deals go fast.
Sell some old home décor
More often than not, when redecorating a space, you end up with things you don’t want anymore. What better way to save yourself some money than by selling your old things to make room and a budget for the new. It would be like trading them in for the new décor pieces without having to spend so much out of pocket. Best of all you will get to declutter your home and make it clean and fresh.