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Pay more for the things you know will last forever and you won’t ever grow tired of.  For everything else, pay as little as possible.

Try to think of a budget before you begin. Are you just doing 1 or 2 small projects or are you decorating a whole home?

I use Craigslist, and I’m not afraid to admit that. I have saved tons of money and gotten some really great things from some store I can’t afford. Pottery Barn, Ralph Lauren and even some nice art work I have gotten off Craigslist. Don’t let chipped paint, dated oak or ugly hardware deter you. You can always paint, stain and replace elements you don’t like. Be careful of scams, and don’t ever meet anyone alone!

Look for good deals on paint. Paint can really freshen up a room or make it look completely different. During the Spring season, Lowes and Home Depot always have cheaper prices on paint, and all DIY items. Maybe even do a bold, accent wall that will make a room pop.

As far as accessories go, look no further than Homegoods, Target, Ikea and World Market. You can get great designer things here for a price everyone can afford.

Garage Salllesss! One of my favorite past times in the spring is to get the paper, find 2-3 garage sales and hit them up on the weekend. You can turn some junky furniture into some gorgeous furniture with a little love and a sander.

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The more patient you are the more money you will save. If you run out and buy everything you need that day, you’re  not going to get a good deal. Hobby Lobby, likes to have candles and candle holders on sale opposite weeks of each other. Never fails.. So if you can wait, then you can get both 1/2 off!

New lighting, This can change a gloomy dark room into something light and beautiful.Get some sheer curtains, to add in that natural light, this will also cut down on the electric bill.

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Ok, this is a big one that most people don’t think about! If you don’t have money to get all new cabinetry in your kitchen or bathroom, Install new door pulls and handles. This will give them a new look to a previously boring or out-of-date door pull. Same goes for your plumbing fixtures. Get a new faucet and some towels, and your bathroom is going to look brand new…unless you have that ugly pink tile that makes people cringe!

Be creative in your thinking and remember that you don’t have to go overboard in spending. Less is better, don’t clutter your home with junk you’ll never use, or things you’ll be tired of in less than a year. 

 

Live like no one else

I just want to start this post by giving a shout out to Altar’d State for being my new favorite store, that has Christian values and is always looking to do their part and help out. Plus, I got 5 dresses there this week for 51 dollars and saved over 370!!! wowza

New dresses!

Okay, so this week I’m going to cover how to save money in College, just a general helper for all those high school seniors, and all college girls alike!

1.Buy text books from Amazon or rent them from Cheg! You can sell them back to Amazon for a trade in price that you can put towards anything.

2. Try getting a part time job, that will help save money, especially if you’re like me and your parents put you on a budget! yuck

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3. SAVE SAVE SAVE. Pick a savings plan and stick with it! There is the 5 dollar savings plan! Save every 5 dollar bill you get. Or right now my boyfriend and I are doing the year long savings where you start week 1 of January and save 1 dollar, the next week 2 dollars, and by week 52 of the year you have saved $1,378 dollars! What would you do with all that money?

4. Eat and cook at home! If you have roommates, take turns cooking dinner. Have each person buy one ingredient to contribute to the meal. If you must go out get a kids meal, most of them come with a cookie so thats plus.

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5. Buy in bulk, water bottles, if your a diva like me and sink water is gross! Toilet paper, paper towels, trash bags laundry detergent. Anything you know you will use a lot of. Also take turns with your roomies on buying this stuff, it will save you tons.

6. Try to entertain yourselves in ways that don’t cost money or very little money. Make crafts or repurpose things. Do something outdoors like going to the lake or hiking. Have a Netflix movie night with someone who already has Netflix.. which is everyone It think.

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7. Brands like Topshop, Madewell, J.Crew, Urban Outfitters, and Juicy Couture offer student discounts of 10% or more, and don’t forget to sign up for rewards cards at grocery or drug stores—they’ll be sure to save you money.

8. Remember to have fun though and it’s okay to splurge! You will never get to be this young, and this free for the rest of your life. Don’t take it for grandted

 

“If you will live like no one else, later you can live like no one else.”

Dave Ramsey