Thursday, December 20, 2012

How to Decorate Your Home on a Budget

How to Decorate Your Home on a Budget

from wikiHow - The How to Manual That You Can Edit
Is your front room stuck in the '80s? Does your house beg for a make-over? Here are some tips on how to save money and still get the look that you've always wanted.

Steps

  1. Choose a style that you like (contemporary/modern, country, french country, victorian etc.).
  2. Decide on a wall color to fit the whole look of the room. For victorian, a rosy pink, or an off-white, country can be anywhere from blue and yellow, to pink and white.
  3. Select furniture. If your furniture already matches your style, then consider yourself lucky. If your furniture looks unpleasant, purchase some slip covers, they come in all different styles and patterns.
  4. Buy cheap rugs and draperies. You can save a lot of money by purchasing solid color rugs and draperies that are in your colors, and places like Wal-Mart carry them.
  5. Find artwork. It isn't as expensive as you may think. You can buy from a retail or craft store, or photocopy images from a book, and frame them.
  6. Alter the things you already have. A black lamp may not go with a nautical theme, so what do you do? Paint it, using spray paint or textured paints, found in arts and crafts stores. Clocks, coat racks, vases(using glass paint) shelves, bookends, even baskets and furniture can be transformed by paint.

Video

Tips

  • Toss some pillows and a blanket on your couch, to give your guests a comfortable feeling when they walk through your door.
  • Want to paint a design, but don't have the painting genie? Use stencils and stamps instead.
  • Choose lighting in harmony with the mood. Bright for modern and dim for classic.
  • Use a higher number of weak light sources instead of a lesser number of strong light sources.

Warnings

  • *Inappropriate mix of lighting, color and furniture can make a very costly combination look ugly.

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Friday, January 14, 2011

Start an Emergency Savings Account Now

I just read this great article/review from Dave Ramsey's debt relief program. The first step is to get out of debt is to create an emergency savings account. He suggests $1000 to start. This is a great buffer for car, pet, even small medical emergencies that come up.

Some of us will take longer than others to get this fund set up but the goal is to do it as fast as possible and move on to the next step. There are many ways to acquire the money... selling stuff, extra job, skipping some fun stuff and replacing it with other inexpensive fun stuff.

This emergency savings account sets you up to relax a bit when something extra comes up or the mini van needs new tires, etc... It allows you to move forward and feel at ease. YOu can check out the review that I found by CLICKING HERE to see the next steps in Dave Ramsey's program.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

to Coupon or not the Coupon... that is the question

With all the talk about saving money-perhaps that is your New Years Resolution- I stumbled upon a tv show called Extreme Couponing... Wow was I inspired to go out and get $600 worth of groceries for $32. So I started to research a few "coupon gurus" on the web and found that in order to do this kind of extreme coupon shopping you have the have your $h!% together. If you are naturally super organized this will be easy for you. Here is a site that I found that will help you get going on couponing one step at a time. http://www.mycouponteacher.com/ there are others out there that will teach you the basics.

I am one of those not so organized chickies. I will start small and see where it takes me while observing my SIL and Mom while they take the journey into couponing. If anything comes of this for me or them I will share it.

Go ahead, clip a few, double a few and see what you can get for next to nothing.. if it is not fun move on... if it is a blast you go girl or boy :o)

Friday, February 20, 2009

Shopping Sales

So I used to, just a few short days ago, be a one stop shopper. I don't have time to go from store to store just to get a better deal.

That all changed when I watched a show on TLC called Kids by the Dozen. The Mom of 11 kids at home said she did all her food shopping for about $150 per week. Wow, That is what I spend on food for a family of 5 and she is spending as much as me for a family of 13. How the hell is she doing that??? So here is how.

First they grow and can alot. Not my style and I am fine with that but she shops the sales. She has 3 freezers and she keeps them full of meat that she gets on sale. So I cracked open the paper this week and went thru the food ads and found chicken for 79 cents a pound, milk for 1.99 a gallon, roast for 78 cents a pound, jimmy dean sausage 2 for 1, ground beef 1.69 a pound, polish sausage for 99 cents a pound and I stocked up. I now have meat for the next two weeks plus and am so looking forward to next weeks ads. I still went to my main store, walmart for most of my stuff but went to 2 other stores and it is already making a huge difference in my food budget. Oh and all of the stores that I chose to shop at are all within a mile and a half of eachother so it was quick.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Are you using Craigslist?

I love Craigslist and you can find all sorts of things there. Recently I have found a horse for free. Yeah thats right a horse.

The great thing is you can save money on advertising here too. So if you are selling a car, dress, or chicken you can list it for free with up to 4 pictures. I personally am a garage saling, Goodwill junky and love to resell stuff that I find. Recently I found a large bird cage in perfect condition and it was too bulky to try to ship and sell on eBay so I put it on craigslist. Bought it for $5 and sold it for $20 and they came and got it, can't beat that!

So just a heads up next time you have something to sell or need something check out craigslist first. Happy 2009 I wish you Abundance!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Starting an Exchange

So your daughter needs a new pair of winter boots and you are strapped with Christmas coming. Why not call around to friends and family and start an exchange. This can also be done on local message boards or online groups. I go to yahoo groups and Cafe mom and found local groups and they are doing it. You just list what you need or what you have to give and others respond to it.

Freecycle.com is another great way to find and give things. I encourage you to do a little research and find some great free stuff and in turn to give back and give some gently used items to others.

Create a Great Life!!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Black Friday!!!

SO I hear that this is a great way to save money but I just can't bring myself to get out there and get crazy with all those people. I have noticed that there are some great deals online. I just got an email from Old Navy offering some great sales on their web sites. So this is where I will be on Black Friday, in front of this computer getting some great deals in my jammies.

I encourage you to check out your favorite stores online and see what they offer tomorrow.

No I know that for some of you this in the event of the year and that is great. You go girl or guy :o). Just remember to enjoy the process, shopping should be fun.