It’s no secret…I love fall! So, it goes without saying when we purchased our home earlier this year, I immediately started dreaming of how I would flavor it with a touch of fall colors and harvest freshness. When it came time to decorate for fall, though, we were right in the midst of our Savings in September series, so I knew I wanted to add some fall freshness to our home on a budget. It turns out, I was able to add some fun fall décor for less than $15. Keep reading for a few of my best tips.
1. Use What You Already Have
Any time you decorate, I suggest surveying what items you already have before going to purchase more. Turns out I had some great mason jars, like these, to which I added a bit of fall flair. I also used my cake stand, a daily décor staple in my dining room, and a few other odds and ends I had on hand – burlap, twine, and ribbon.
2. Set a Price Point
With my love of fall, I knew it would be easy to get out of hand when I set out shopping for my fall décor items, so I set a budget beforehand. Giving myself a budget helped me make sensible choices when I was purchasing and really allowed me to focus on getting the most for my money.
3. Shop Discount Stores
While I don’t always suggest discount items as the best value for the money, decorating is often a different story. I set out for the Dollar Tree, where I knew I could find low-priced items that I’ll be able to reuse year after year. I was able to find colorful bags of leaves, grapevine wreaths, cattails/greenery, and a few other items all for $1 a piece. These purchases really helped me stretch my budget.
The rest of the items I used, I found at Wal-Mart. I priced pumpkins at Dollar Tree and Wal-Mart and realized Wal-Mart actually was a better deal, as each pumpkin was 96¢ compared to $1. (Yes, I am of the mindset that every cent counts. Plus, our Dollar Tree and Wal-Mart are right next to one another, so I didn’t spend too much time or any additional money traveling from one to the other.)
4. Don’t Be Afraid to DIY
Whether you consider yourself crafty or not, I assure you that you can complete a few simple “Do-It-Yourself” projects to really amp up your holiday decorating. I arranged this centerpiece for our table in no time at all and put together these jars with just a few simple steps.
5. Use Natural Elements
This suggestion is one of my favorites. Obviously the reason I am all about fall is because I love how it looks outside during this season – the changing leaves, the dropping acorns, even the falling leaves and bare branches. To bring a bit of that feel inside, you don’t have to purchase anything. We’re blessed enough to have a huge old oak tree in our front yard, so I happily collected some acorns to add to my décor. I also picked up some bare twigs to stick here and there.
Fall decorating doesn’t have to be expensive, and it doesn’t even have to be elaborate. My tips are simple and cost effective but create a unique look for the season.
I plan to share a few fall decorating projects later in the month, so keep an eye out for those. In the meantime, though, how are you decorating for fall on a budget? Do you have any frugal fall decorating tips?
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