Back to the budget


Spending the last few days in beautiful D.C. for a conference was definitely a getaway that was much needed! Lots of site-seeing, informational sessions with leaders in my industry, fancy dinners downtown, and of course, shopping. But as I return home and am forced back to the grind, I’m reminded of how all of the little costs and expenditures add up so quickly! That UBER ride to Georgetown, an afternoon of thrifting or just a breakfast at Dunkin’ Donuts discreetly drained my bank account quickly. Living the grown-up life requires me to budget, budget, budget! While I am very fortunate to be a college student and own my own home, a lot of extra costs and expenditures come along with the responsibility.

This week as I was adding up all of my costs and looking at receipts, I felt it was time to recover and review a few helpful tips to add some budget-friendly instant decorations to your home. The key word being budget-friendly.

  1. Fresh flowers. It really sounds all too simple. Trust me on this one and buy some fresh flowers. You don’t need to spend much. Just last week at Trader Joe’s I purchased gorgeous sunflowers (eight stems) for $3.99. Instantly it will add color or accent to any space. With it being fall, try sunflowers, English daisies or even some lively mums!


2.Change your lights. Putting all of your overhead lights on dimmer switches is an affordable way to control the ambience in your space. You can purchase dimmer switches from stores like Home Depot and Lowe’s and self-install for less than $20

3. Throw down a rug or two! There are thousands upon thousands of different choices out there when it comes to area rugs, hallway rugs and Oriental rugs. Maybe you want to add a level of comfort to your hardwood floor; throw down a rug. Or maybe you want to make your dining room a bit more eloquent and add a layer; find a rug to fit the occasion.

4. Hang a wreath. I realize this last one is a bit odd. It actually is one that I never thought of before yesterday morning when a package arrived at my door. My incredibly creative and talented mother sent me this harvest wreath to display for fall. She told me most of the flowers she dried came from her garden or were picked up at the farmers’ market making it inexpensive to assemble. Colorful, playful and is the essence of fall. Add a wreath to your front door hang it in your foyer/entryway to your house or on your laundry room door. Wreaths can be expensive (see this similar wreath from William Sonoma), but they also can be lovely and handmade just like this one.


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How are you going to spruce up your décor with these budget-friendly tips?