There is nothing wrong with being frugal, thrifty or making your money want to stretch further. With the cost of living getting higher and higher, but wages not always going along accordingly, then it means that there isn’t always money spare to make the changes to your home that you want to. So looking for cheaper ways of doing things is always a good idea. Luckily, there are plenty of frugal and thrifty sites online to get inspiration. So we can get that Pinterest perfect home, without it having to cost a lot. Here are some tips and tricks that I’ve scoured the internet for to help you redecorate on a budget. You can your home looking like your dream home sooner than you think!
Go Bargain Hunting
There are plenty of ways to look for a bargain or some inexpensive items for your house these days. You could start off by looking at car boot sales or charity shops. You can always look online for what charity shops are in your area; some will only take furniture, rather than clothes so they would be worth a try. When you do shop in these places, though, you need to look at the furniture with what they could look like. Look for their potential if they were sanded or painted, for instance, rather than what they look like at the moment. Online stores like eBay or Preloved are a good idea, especially for larger items. People might not be able to take them to a tip or deliver them, so if you can pick things up, you’re likely to get a bargain. Facebook groups for selling things in your area could be a good idea to find a bargain too.
Make Your Own
If you’ve got time and a little bit of know-how, then making your own of something can be a really cost-effective way of doing things. From tablecloths, napkins, and curtains, there are a variety of things that you can make yourself. You just need to buy Blendworth fabrics online or visit your local fabric shop. Just make sure you know what measurements you will need before going or clicking buy! There are other things that you can make yourself that don’t need sewing skills. Think about making your own pom-pom garland, for instance, or some no-sew bunting. You can even make your own cleaning products using things like essential oils, so you can give your home a big clean before you get going on everything else.
Repaint For a Fresh Look
Sometimes, all you need to do in a room is give the room a fresh lick of paint. It can make all the difference! It could simply be going over the skirting boards and areas that can get scuffed quite frequently. You could also just repaint the room in existing colours, to make it look like new. A tin of paint can be relatively inexpensive, though, so it could be that you choose a statement wall to be a colour different than the rest. The same goes for things like kitchen units or other wooden furniture. You don’t need to get a new kitchen when you can make it look like new yourself. Repainting the units and getting new handles could be all that it takes. The same goes for furniture. If you’ve got a chest of drawers or a side table that is looking at little worse for wear, then sand it down and repaint it. You don’t just have to throw things away when they’re looking a little worn and tired.
Sell or Trade
If you have things in your home that won’t upcycle well or you have just had for a long time and want to change, then why not sell them to make a little cash to replace them? Unless it is a designer piece of furniture, then you’re unlikely to get hundreds and hundreds for it. But you’ll be able to get something put towards something new.
One other thing that can be worth a try is trading with family or friends. If you have something to trade for something that they want to trade, then why not just do a straight swap? You both get what you’re after and don’t have to sell a thing. This kind of thing might be possible with a Facebook selling page, especially if people are local to you and can come and see things before they buy them. It has got to be worth a try, right? The same thing can work for skills too. If you’ve got a friend that is a handy decorator or electrician, how about you ask them to do something in your home, and then you’ll do something in their home in exchange? Even cooking some meals in exchange could work! Again, it is worth a try.
The light in a room, or lack of it, can really make a difference to the overall look of a room. So if you want to make the rooms in your home look lighter and brighter, then have you thought about adding mirrors before? It is an easy way to make the room look lighter and also give the illusion of it looking bigger. Some mirrors can be quite expensive, so the simple thing is just don’t choose them! IKEA has some bargain mirrors, and you could even make a feature out of them by using a few different shaped ones on a wall. You’ll be surprised how simple but effective doing that can be.
At the end of the day, being thrifty doesn’t have to be hard. It can just require some planning and a little bit of creativity. You can easily change the look of your home on a budget. Just know your budget and stick to it so that you aren’t tempted to spend on things that you can’t really afford. Have you got any tips that you’d add to the list that has worked well for you?