Your home is your palace, but it probably doesn’t look like one. Most homes appear lived-in and many families would like to upgrade a lot of features. When they moved in, colors and styles were in season, but that was many seasons ago.
There just isn’t the money to pay for renovations such as new windows or carpets, so some new elements of interior design will have to do. Even these become pricey, but not if shoppers know where to look for better prices. You can also save money on the bigger projects by shopping around to see what various contractors have to offer, but simpler changes are cheaper in the short term.
A Design for Saving Money
Many of the guidelines for saving money in other areas of life still apply when you talk about interior décor. Don’t shop for the big brands; consider generic products or those that simply aren’t as fancy. Add some DIY flare and personalize the interior design. Watch for coupons and install coupon or promo apps on your smartphone. Connect to stores by following them on social media and subscribing to electronic newsletters. Watch for “end of the season” or “end of the line” sales.
Trendy Home Goods
When trends matter to a person, it’s harder to save, but not impossible. A number of websites host house & home promo codes, for furnishing and décor stores. These entitle the bearer to claim a percentage off of their purchase, or they can shave off a dollar amount indicated by the coupon. This could apply to side tables, throw cushions, lighting, chairs, curtains, or blinds. Even some big household items are affected by coupons. Type the coupon code into a box reserved for discounts featured at the checkout.
This code could provide free shipping, and shipping costs can make a big difference to the overall cost of an order. Many stores don’t send items to your door for free unless your order is over a certain amount, but not if your coupon says “free shipping with no minimum purchase” and it has not expired yet.
Sign Up to Save
Become a member of the “club”; allow a store to send their electronic newsletter to your email in-box every month or when flash sales and promotional events are about to take place. These may never make their way to newspaper fliers or TV ads, and only members get to take advantage unless shoppers happen to be passing by a store when the sale is going on. Become a follower on social media too, another way of receiving alerts about bargains only lasting a day or a few hours. A number of apps lead customers to deals. They alert customers when a sale is happening or to the place within a given radius where prices are lowest for the items you want.
Having searched the internet for a specific style, you discovered it cost 50% more than you can afford. A generic but relatively dull item, however, was within your price range. Do you have any DIY skills? Perhaps you like crafting or sewing?
Consider taking this item home and sprucing it up with some additional features. Add colored accents to a set of drawers. Replace the handles. Enhance throw pillows and blankets without having to sew a project from the start. Add more filler to make a pillow puffier. Soon, this dull item will, in fact, be unique and better than the stylish brand-name alternative.
Online shops are really warehouses which is why they can charge so little for items. Real warehouse shops exist too; ones you can walk into. They don’t have the ambiance of a boutique, but those who see past the mess find bargains to transform a house on the inside. These are outlet stores where overstock, seconds, and last year’s curtains and bedding are sent. Companies sell them for less in these featureless stores. Make yourself aware of the full price, though, before feeling sure your cart is filled with deals.