1. Buy tea towels, I get mine at either Big Lots or Target and they usually come in a two pack, I got a two pack for $2.50 in the Target dollar section and I use them as bathroom hand towels. They are something that is well worth the money!
2. Stock up on stuff, for next year, ahead of time: I will stroll through the holiday section every time I go into my favorite stores. When they run their clearance, either right before the holiday or right after the holiday, stop in and see how much cheaper your favorite stuff is!
3. For pumpkins find some place cheap: I use a small mom and pop farm about 15 minutes from my house, the lady is super sweet and I enjoy supporting the little guy. Pumpkins over the last few years have gotten so expensive you really need to shop around and try to find the best deal. Even if you have to drive a little bit, make a day trip out of it with your hubby or kiddo! Stop and check out people selling them out the back of their truck. Sometimes they can be pretty cheap.
4. Take pictures after you get your decorations up. When I first moved in I had a horrible time trying to remember where everything went the year before, I am a compulsive person and like things to be put back where they were, so now I take pictures to help me not to forget. I just store them away in that holiday's tote!
5. When it comes to decorating, think out of the box, the most inexpensive stuff can be some of the most sophisticated. For example,
I saw this last night on Pinterest and thought what a great idea. Corn, dried beans, dried peas, a candle and some twine. CHEAP!
6. Recreating pictures out of a magazine or something you see online, doesn't always have to be exact. Use what you have rather than going out and getting something new. Just because the hurricane above has a stem, doesn't mean you have to buy one with a stem, it will look just as good in something without one.
7. When you do shop for home decor, buy stuff that is versatile and that is going to last. Buy things that you can use all year long, not something that is going to be on display for a few weeks and them going to collect dust for the next 48.
8. When decorating your home you should keep a few must have candles, I have way more than a few because I am candle obsessed but that is neither here nor there. You need a larger white pillar, a small white pillar, some votives and tea light candles. You can buy the Wal-Mart cheap pillar candles. They do not have to be expensive.
9. Think DIY instead of Just-Go-and-Buy. You can make things a lot cheaper than you can going and picking something off a shelf. I made three fall wreaths, two for me and one for my bestie, each wreath was under $10.00, they wanted $80.00 and I got my design from them!
10. Before you buy have a place picked out for that piece already. If you willy nilly buy, you will end up with clutter. If you are an indecisive person, don't shop until you have had time to think of a plan. Research, go online, in magazines, get ideas from your friends, whatever you want to do, but have a plan. That cuts the cost and the cultter!
I also forgot a couple of pictures yesterday, so before we move onto the kitchen, I am going to back track for just a second.
This is a close up the the Happy Halloween sign on the table and the two spider candle holder, please disregard the gourds!
These little guys, I am not sure that they will adorn my windows next year, but I got them like 4 for $1.00 at Michael's
Both pictures are from the October version of my dining room!
I will post the kitchen pictures later! I am off to the Glendale "Crossing Festival", the largest fall festival around, over 500 booths! Can't wait! Happy Saturday to all!