If you've visited this blog before, you've probably picked up on the fact that I am a fan of saving money. However, you've probably noticed that I am also a fan of shopping. So how can a person be a fan of one without contradicting the other?
Well, you have to shop smart. This doesn't mean you can't indulge every now and then, but it also doesn't mean you have to pay top-dollar for the things you want. You have to know where to go, what you need, and what you are willing/able to spend.
I'm going to show you a round-up of budget-friendly items I've purchased recently from some local stores to incorporate in our new home. My goal here is to give you the perspective and inspiration to create beautiful spaces while still being able to put food on the table!
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Teal heart ramekin $2.49
I'm always on the look out for things to add to my new coffee bar, and this little piece complimented the set-up so well that I had to grab it. I love the color and its usefulness for things like candy for holidays or sugar for special occasions. Plus, the heart is an irresistibly cute shape. I think it was put out at the store for Valentine's Day, but I personally will be using it all year long!
White floral blanket $14.99
This blanket is GORGEOUS and so soft that I've contemplated tying it around my neck and wearing it like a cape around the house all day. My daughter is a big fan of it, too, and we tend to struggle sharing it with each other. I was in search of a stand-out blanket compared to the solid ones I have, and as soon as I saw this one, I knew it was what I was looking for. Also, a fleece blanket in such an adorable pattern for under $20? Practically unheard of!
Gold & cream pillows 2 for $24.99
These pillows are so nice considering what I paid for them. First, the material inside is awesome. I have no idea what it is, but they conform around whatever is leaning against them and feel heavenly. Second, the pattern is so pretty. The cream adds a lot of brightness to the room, while the light gold foil pattern adds a little touch of fancy.
Pink vases 3 for $12.99
These were the perfect shade of pink (which I have been secretly sneaking into our home decor for a little while now). I also loved that they were all a little different in design so I could place them all in different areas of our living room yet they would still compliment each other. Funny story about these pieces: the first time I tried to buy them, somehow they didn't get rung up. I got home and couldn't find them anywhere in my car. My receipt didn't even show that I had purchased them. I second-guessed whether I had actually put them back at some point (because I do that A LOT), but I distinctly remember putting them on the counter when I checked out. So I kind of wrote them off, but when I had to go back to the same store to return a sweater that didn't fit, I saw they had one box of these left. I went ahead and grabbed them again, and this time they obviously made it home and are fitting in just perfectly with our living room decor!
Pioneer Woman table runner $14.86
So when I went in search of a table runner, I was thinking just something neutral like a white or beige, or maybe even a pop of color like coral or teal. But when I saw this design (and for such a great price), I HAD to have it. It has all the colors I've incorporated in the kitchen, plus it has a reverse side that is the same pattern with a teal background. And the fabric is easily cleaned and very soft. (The Pioneer Woman also has seat cushions in this patterns but they only had 1 in stock at the time or else I'd have bought those, too!)
Gold baskets 2 for $4
These were such a great find because I feel like I could use them anywhere in my home. They are made out of a sturdy wire and I swear I've seen these listed in more expensive stores for like $20 a piece, whereas I found them for an absolute steal! They are trendy but also so functional. I am using them in my girls' bathroom right now to hold bath time stuff. The large openings allow water to escape from the bath toys and don't add too much bulk to the room because of their minimalist design.
Colorful fluff ball garland $1.99
I was actually trolling Etsy looking for some sort of fluffy, rainbow garland for my older daughter's room, but I was finding that the handmade ones were just too expensive for me. (And I totally get why - those people work hard! I just can't afford it!) So as I was shopping for some party supplies one day, I came across these and immediately tossed them in the basket. Exactly what I was looking for, for under $2? Just take my money now cause I am SOLD!
Gold chevron cloth bins $3 each
These were an awesome find since I was needing to replace 3 of the cloth bins in our cube storage unit in the playroom (thanks to a very rough toddler). I love how this gold chevron and white print is neutral enough to go with the other colors in the decor, but also add its own flair to the room! Plus, the storage is always a plus. :)
Textured pearl white picture frame $4
I needed to frame this art, but did not want to spend a whole lot on a frame because, well, I'm frugal to the bone. I had a more expensive white frame in my basket when I came across a display of $4 frames. There were several styles, but when I saw this pearly white frame with a braided texture, I immediately put the more expensive frame back. It's hard to tell in the picture, but it has the prettiest finish to it!
Pink toy bucket $6.99 / Gray toy bucket $5.99
I love these kinds of buckets for stuffed animals because it's so easy to carry them around and just toss the toys back in in after a day of my daughter dumping them out everywhere. The outside is a jersey knit material, which is easily cleaned and so soft. The inside is a thin, fluffy material, and they each have 2 handles. The colors are so light and I just love what they add to the play room (beauty & storage - 2 of my favorite things)!
Pink blanket $8.99
What this blanket lacks in thickness, it makes up for in softness and color. I am obsessed with this pink for some reason (I'm usually not a pink person)! When I saw this color and felt it with my hands, I knew I was sold on it. It was just a bonus that it was also under $10!
White ramekins 4 for $3.99
Ramekins are things you see in the store and think "when will I ever need those?" And then you set-up a taco bar or want to display candy or have a cook-out with all kinds of condiments, and you realize THIS is why you needed those little bowl things! This happened to me recently, and by chance I came across this set of 4 for a GREAT price and I snatched them up because I know I will need them in the future! They are just a simple white, which I feel is very timeless, and the ceramic they are made of is good quality.
Pink, teal, & white wooden boxes $3.99 each
These were purchased on a complete whim and without me really knowing what I needed them for, but I quickly made use of them. I loved the colors and the material, and they match so many parts of my home that I am sure they will be serve many different purposes in the years to come. Right now the teal and pink ones are in our daughter's game room upstairs housing DVD's/Blu-Rays and this awesome magnetic fishing game I snagged on Amazon (link below) that is so good for developing little one's dexterity! The white one is downstairs holding all my back issues of Texas Highways because I LOVE all things Texas and the pictures are too pretty to throw away!
Felt letter board $15 (on sale, 50% off)
This was such a basic buy for me. I tend to shy away from whatever it 'trending,' but I couldn't help but snag this when I saw it for such a great price! I had found a few companies that make these, but they cost a lot and I never could justify spending that much for them. So finding this one super discounted was perfect! I love the freedom you have with these to literally make your own statement. I've used it for inspirational quotes, Instagram posts, a baby shower, and have many plans for it in the future! Money well spent in my opinion.
'Girl' Sign $9.99 (on sale, 50% off) / Ribbon garland $9.99
I happened to be at this store on day when all wall art was 50% off, so I snagged this wooden piece for the girls' bathroom. It is hanging over the toilet, a space that was just begging for something cute. After hanging it by itself and seeing it for a few weeks like that, I decided I needed something to compliment it and help fill the space. So after a baby shower I recently threw for my sister-in-law, I kept one of the decorations (this cloth ribbon garland) and simply tacked it underneath the sign. It looks complete now and I am so happy with it!
Mini succulents $3 each
I may have a faux succulent problem. I can't help myself when they are so pretty and so inexpensive! I think total in my home I have over a dozen in various sizes, shapes, and colors, but these 4 were all from that front section at Target and are hanging out on our living room bookshelves. I just love what succulents bring to a space: a refreshing, colorful, splash of life (even if they aren't technically living)!
Succulent garland $3
I actually saw this piece a few months ago and passed up on it because I didn't have an immediate need for it. But then I finished my coffee bar and felt it needed something on the front to break up all the white, so when I came across a box of this paper succulent garland again, I grabbed it real quick! I love the different greens in it and how it plays off all the other succulents in our home!
Succulent & Happy Place frames 3 for $3
These came in a set from that cute section at the front of Target. I loved the blue in them, the succulents, and the little saying. I knew I could find a place for them in my decor. The two succulents on the left are in our downstairs half-bathroom. I have lots of teal and green in there, so they add a nice touch and fill up some of the empty wall space I have in there. The "happy place" one on the right is perched against some of my favorite pictures in the living room. It couldn't be more accurate seeing as my happy place is with the 3 loves of my life (one was still in my belly at the time)!
Small wreath $2.49 (on sale 75% off)
This was such a find! It's a small wreath, but the greenery is so pretty! I hung it on our laundry room door, which is in the front of the house and needed a bit more natural elements added in. I love the simplicity in the bare greens, but I also could see it being transformed into a holiday-specific wreath in the future. This was majorly discounted because it was considered 'Christmas' decor. If you really want to save on holiday decor, go AFTER the holidays. You will find some seriously amazing deals like this one!
Coasters $2.99 each
These weren't on sale, but they are PERFECT for my living room and I am so happy I dug through piles of coasters to find these 3 particular ones! I've already admitted I am a succulent-aholic, so it should be no surprise that these all feature some sort of succulent on them. I love the greens and the pinks because those are all colors you can find in our living room!
Wreath framed art $3.24 (on sale 75% off)
This was another super discounted item because it was deemed 'Fall decor.' I think it's versatile for any season, but for the sake of a great discount, you can call it whatever you want! It's about 10" x 10" and fits perfectly on a small wall right outside our master bedroom that was begging for something, especially something with a little color. I have recently fallen in love with the natural look of plants and the earthy feel of green in my home, and this piece fits that bill perfectly!
Hanging watercolor canvas $7.50 (on sale 50% off)
This piece popped out at me, not just for the giant red line going through the barcode indicating a 50% off price reduction, but for the beautiful colors and simple style of it. I was roaming the store looking for the 'perfect' piece for our half-bath. I never know what to put in bathrooms because it feels weird putting anything with words in there because it could always be applied to, well, bathroom things. Like the plaque I saw that cutely adorned the words "friends gather here" - not exactly appropriate for the bathroom right? So this colorful, wordless piece was PERFECT for what I was going for: a splash of color and no odd sayings suggesting anything weird (like friends hanging out in a bathroom). :)
See, decorating doesn't have to be expensive! Plus, at least for me, finding great deals is such a RUSH and makes the finds that much better because you didn't sacrifice your budget to make your home beautiful and welcoming!
If you still need a way to get extra cash to pay for decor because your budget is already stretched thin, do yourself a favor and check out my post about the 8 apps I use to get cash back on tons of every day items. This is how I finance most of my own splurge-like purchases, and it is so incredibly easy!
Happy shopping & decorating!