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If you’ve ever been judged or looked down upon because you decorate your home cheap don’t forget the purpose of your journey to debt-freedom.
No, I don’t think you are cheap, and you will never hear me say that, trust me.
A friend of my wife, who has a great job in a senior-level position, does her husband feel that we are too cheap when decorating our house.
I guess everyone has their definition of cheap and frugal, but for us, it’s simply spending less when we can.
Things To Do When Moving Into A New Home
Many people skim online ads looking for a deal in their community.
Newlyweds and those moving into their first place typically have what they acquired over the years living at home or while away at school.
With more and more students exiting school with student loans that may take them years to pay off, scouting for discounts on home décor is worth the effort, in my opinion.
New Home, New Stuff
Everything in Cheryl’s house (changed her name) is pristine and has the price tag to prove it.
When we were house-sitting their cat on the weekend, just going inside their house alerted us to the smell of a new home.
She keeps it immaculate and spares no money when decorating the house inside and out.
Her theory is that since we have decent jobs, we shouldn’t need to buy anything but new because we earned it.
It’s not about how much money you make; it’s how we save it.
Sometimes, I have to keep reminding myself of that so it sinks in even when the pressures of our friends try to sneak in.
I don’t worry about their thoughts; they are still our friends. I don’t need to follow through to be a “spender” like them.
Even top designers flock to second-hand shops looking for furniture they can re-cover or reuse for an upcoming project for all clients.
I believe that many people associate a new home with new stuff, and that’s not always the most innovative way to think.
We prefer ‘new to me‘ stuff and shopping for new items at discount prices, which works equally fine.
Most people who come around think that our house is gorgeous inside.
She also says we are very cheap by how we live our lives, considering we don’t need to as we are debt-free, although that wasn’t always the case.
Now that we are practically mortgage-free, we can splurge more on what we want, but we still can’t bring ourselves to spend like nobody is looking.
It seems like it would be defeating the purpose; we also have other goals.
Having other goals when you are debt-free doesn’t mean going hog-wild with life.
That’s how people get into trouble in the first place sometimes.
Overall, no one bothers us when they think we are too frugal; it’s their opinion, and if it makes us happy and it’s not wild “cheapskates” unbelievable, then we’re pleased with that.
Whether you are moving into a new home or want to decorate rooms in your home or apartment the frugal way, it doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg.
One of the worst things about moving into a new home is the house interiors are empty, meaning each room you walk in needs a vision to bring it to life.
It may not be the worst thing in the world, but some people love decorating and find the right furniture, décor, and accessories to make the space livable, stress-free, and easy on the eye.
They could care less for others, and any old furniture will do. Some vintage pieces do make a room stand out.
Things To Do When Moving Into A New Home
If you are moving into a new home from an apartment, you likely already have furniture.
You should have a relatively good idea of where to put things.
If you are moving into a new home after getting married or leaving your parents, you may not have to worry about hiring a rental truck to get you from point A to point B.
Most of the time, you can stuff a vehicle of belongings or toss a bed in a friend’s truck to save some cash rather than renting a moving truck.
Sometimes, it’s nice to move to a new place without having too much stuff.
Doing so allows you to take your time decorating rooms the way you want without having too much clutter.
Keeping organized is essential; otherwise, you end up with a mish-mash of items you don’t need.
DIY Home Decor On A Budget
Our friend made her roller blinds instead of going to an expensive big box store or even costlier having them custom-made.
She used her sewing skills and made her own, which is excellent if you want to add your personal touch.
If you are handy, there are many DIY ways to decorate your room, starting with a simple coat of paint and then searching for furniture to fit the space.
I must caution that not everyone has the decorator’s eye.
If you want help or a second opinion, call a friend whose home you adore to get their idea on your space and your visions.
If you like their work, you will likely want the advice they give you.
It’s a win-win situation without hiring a designer, which can be costly.
When we bought our home, we moved in from renting, so we didn’t have mung.
Over time, we started to purchase items on sale at discount stores and kept our eyes open for any deals that came out in the flyers.
Friends and family were kind enough to donate items to us because they had doubles or no need for these things any longer.
Instead of recycling or selling something, they asked us if we needed it first.
Most times, the answer was a yes because we didn’t realize how much we didn’t have when we bought our new home.
We also wanted to save our money for other ventures and not spend it decorating our home.
Tips to get you started decorating your home in a budget-friendly way
Garage Sale Decor
We are garage sale lovers, and although we don’t get out as often as we like now, we used to go almost every weekend we could.
It was probably the cheapest way for us to acquire what we needed to decorate rooms in the house. If you can bargain with a seller, you can sweeten the deal even more.
Don’t just offer what they are asking; make an offer and see if they will bite.
I believe they will accept your offer nine times out of 10, and you get the item you wanted for less.
Search the free stuff classifieds on Kijiji or find the category for what you are looking for and do a search.
You never know what you might find.
Sometimes, people have leftover building materials they no longer want and will sell them cheaply or give them to you for free.
If it’s not free, then learning the art of negotiation is a great way to haggle a deal from the seller that fits within your budget and makes them happy.
If you have family, friends, or kids moving out and have items they no longer need, they may send them your way.
It’s a great way to ensure items stay out of landfills, especially if they still have lots of life.
If you find free stuff, heck, it’s like hitting the jackpot, and if you follow this blog, you know that on many occasions, we have found free stuff on the curb that homeowners label ‘free,’ and we take it away.
We’ve also found some pretty cool free stuff in the past, probably the best being the remote control for our new ceiling fans in the garbage at a neighbor’s house.
We decided not to buy the remote for one of our ceiling fans as it was a silly price of over $30, but now we have one for free.
There are plenty of great discount stores you can shop at, and if you love IKEA as much as we do, you can find great bargains for a reasonable price.
Not everything is top-notch quality, but I’ve gotten some great deals that lasted me over the years.
You might also find great deals at scratch and dent shops in your local area or consignment stores.
If you have already gone to Value Village, The Salvation Army, and many other second-hand stores, you know there are deals to be had.
You may have to pop in periodically to see what stock has come in, but if you’re lucky, you might find what you are looking for.
Keep an open eye for discounts or 50% off days to sweeten the deal even more.
Plus, some shops also have rewards cards, so take advantage of them when you can.
If you love PC and collect PC Optimum points, you can redeem them for many household items in-store.
When collecting points, always remember to have your card handy because points lost are like throwing money out the window.
Just last week, we redeemed for a new food processor and frying pan, and although they are not used to decorating, it was still great to get free stuff with earned points.
If you watch, you will find coupons in weekly flyers. I know that Home Outfitters offers a coupon for 20% off if you buy one item at a regular price.
That might mean you could get curtains, pillows, lamps, bedding, etc, for a cheaper price if you cut out your coupon.
Do that every week, and you can start decorating your house frugally in no time.
There you have it: some tips on finding frugal deals to decorate rooms in your house or apartment without breaking the bank.
Never listen to those who make you feel as if you should be spending more or that buying used is for people who can’t afford new; it’s a load of you know what.
If someone thinks you are too cheap or living too frugally, remember to live your life as you want.
Spend your money wisely, and the goals you set forth to accomplish will come your way.
Discussion: Where did you get the items to decorate your living space?
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