With all of the talk about the economy and rising gas prices, a decorating diva may be leery of spending her hard-earned cash, but there are ways to indulge that artistic homemaker that make sense and keep more cents in the bank. The following list will help those that are addicted to beautifying their home, but also interested in saving some much-needed money.
If It’s Not Broke, Don’t Fix It
With the instability of the economy and the job market, now is not the time for high dollar projects such as building an addition, putting in a spa, remodeling the bathroom, or renovating the kitchen. As tempting, as those pictures are in magazines of the sleek new appliances and luxurious countertops, do not get sucked into the hype. Projects that dip deeply into the pocketbook can wait for special offers, large discounts, or the next President.
If It Is Broke, Fix It Right Away
Leaking or dripping fixtures are a constant financial drain. Replace them immediately. The upfront cost will be much less expensive than the wasted water or damaged cabinets and floors. Home improvement stores often run weekly sales and kitchen and bathroom fixture usually make an appearance. If you do have to repair damage from leaking fixtures, be sure to check out those same sales for needed supplies.
Now more than ever, the internet is the first stop for many shoppers. Websites such a Amazon.com offer discounts that make them a better choice than the traditional brick and mortar stores. Shopping.com offers comparison-shopping with a click of the mouse, just enter the ZIP code that the item will be shipped to and compare total prices on any item. This is a good practice for any purchase.
Decorating In The Real World
Domestic divas and home decorating television shows often offer valuable advice on low cost décor and design, but sometimes that advice does not fit into the real world or real budgets. For example, a collection of brightly colored plates can add color and personality to a bare wall. That is a simple idea that makes a big impact. On the other hand, fresh flowers play a big role in the designs of today in the form of centerpieces and wreaths. An interesting idea, but who can afford to replace the flowers every week for every room? A quality silk arrangement is just as beautiful and much easier on the bank account and can be just as beautiful.
Home Sweet Home
Regardless of the economy, your house is your home. It is not only your showpiece and entertainment venue, but also where you live day to day. It is your haven from the rest of the world. While you may love the look of that luxurious white carpet, if you have children and pets, your time may be spent cleaning it. A better choice might be a darker color or laminate. Keep in mind your family and your lifestyles. Be comfortable and make your home uniquely yours.