How to Decorate your Home for Pennies

Once you’re done, you can proudly enjoy your home knowing that you gave it a look that suits you while not damaging your finances.

By Gidget Yappy


If you want to decorate your home and you’re on a tight budget, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to get a look that you’ll be happy with. In fact, there are many ways you can decorate your home for practically no money at all. This article has eight ideas on some of the many different ways you can add to the look of your house without worrying about spending a lot of money. 


1. Get items from yard sales at the end of the day

If you go to a yard sale in the morning, then you’re going to find people who are set on their prices and prices that aren’t very affordable. People throwing yard sales will start out expecting their items to fly out of their yard at the price they are asking. However, reality will set in when it’s closer to the end of the day. All of a sudden they will realize that they are going to have to lug all of those items back into the house and have them sitting around and collecting dust again until they get rid of them another way. If you show up at the end of the day and offer them a little bit of money, the chances are good that they’ll sell you the items for the price you offered just to avoid dragging them back inside. 




2. Barter up on the local bartering sites in your area

Most areas have local bartering sites. If your area doesn’t have their own group, then you can always get on Craigslist and click on your area. Find things around your house that you want to get rid of and barter them for things that you need or want to decorate your house with. You can use this as a good way to clear your house out of things you don’t want and find things you want but can’t normally afford. Many times you’ll find that people will gladly barter one pricier item for a bundle deal of lesser expensive items. 




3. Trade items with your friends

Let your friends know what you have to trade and what it is that you’re looking for. You may be surprised at the responses you get. You very well may have some friends who have been eyeballing some of your things for a while, just waiting for the chance to get their hands on them. If you have a lot of your friends on your social media site, then this would be a quick and easy way for you to spread the word to them quickly. 




4. Pay attention to items sitting on the side of the curb 

When you’re driving around you should keep an eye on the side of the road. People will set furniture and other household goods they no longer want at the curb. Sometimes they will specify these items are free by putting a sign on them. However, other times they just leave the items there and assume people will figure it out. If you see something on the curb that you’re interested in and you want to make absolutely sure it’s free, you can go to the door and ask. 




5. Give your old furniture a new look

Sometimes all it takes to give your place a new look is to change up your current furniture. You can give your place an entirely different look simply by repainting or reupholstering the furniture you already have. If you go to the hardware store and ask if they have any free paint samples, then you may be able to save yourself money on the cost of paint. Keep in mind that you can often use affordable spray paint to paint furniture. You just want to make sure you use a spray primer and a top coat of clear spray to add extra protection to the paint. 




6. Recycle for decorating money

If you want to purchase new items for your home, but you’re on a fixed budget and you don’t have the ability to spend money on household furnishings, you can recycle. You can save your own recyclables, as well as the recyclables of friends and family who don’t plan on recycling. This money will be money that you wouldn’t normally have in your budget, so you can put it toward the things that you normally wouldn’t purchase. 




7. Make your own items out of bottles

You can make quite a few decorations for your home out of different types of glass bottles. You can remove the labels from a glass jar, fill it with clear and colored marbles and place an upside down flicker flame light in the top of the marbles. This makes a great nightlight for your bathroom. You simply turn on the flicker light and the marbles create a fantastic effect where light dances around the bathroom. You can also tear apart an old lamp and get creative with empty wine bottles to create your own one of a kind lamp. 




8. Turn junk into useful items

All different types of junk can be re-purposed in a way that turns it into fantastic décor for your home. You can take different colored pieces of broken glass and string them from fishing line. Attach the other end of the fishing line to a circular pipe and make a bright and great sounding wind chime for your porch. You can take an old wheelbarrow that’s on its last legs and turn it into a cute flowerbed that displays flowers by your front door. You can also put together extravagant looking puzzles and put them in frames from yard sales to add nice pictures to your wall without spending a fortune. 




Now that you have learned a lot of different ways that you can go about decorating your house for free or for just a little bit of money, you’ll be ready to start working on your home. Once you’re done, you can proudly enjoy your home knowing that you gave it a look that suits you while not damaging your finances. 


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