Mommy Life, Saving Money

Fall Decorating on a Budget

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As the fall season is upon us, I can’t help but long for the smell of pumpkin and the feeling of fall in my house. So with that, my husband and I treated ourselves to a tiny bit of shopping for fall decorations. And bear with me, I know that not every household needs to shop for fall decorations. We have only been married for about 3 1/2 years and it is taking me that long to slowly decorate our house for every season. I am not one to go crazy when shopping for anything so just us going shopping was a HUGE DEAL in our house.

Before I give you my list and help you decorate for the new season, I want to make sure you’re aware of my strategy for shopping for decor. And this is shopping not just for seasonal decor, but basically anything that comes into our house. To keep myself from just buying everything in the store that I think is cute I always make sure I have a specific place for it.

Meaning that I don’t buy anything until I know exactly where to put it when it gets home. I feel like it’s fairly simple but very effective.

“Don’t buy it unless you already have a place for it.”

So let’s get on with the fall decorating tips:

Bring out fall decor from other years.

Don’t throw out or get rid of your decorations. I like to keep our seasonal decor in Rubbermaid tubs that then get out into storage in our basement. That way, I save every good piece of decor and am able to use it for years to come. I also try to re-work decor that I already had for a different season.

You will save so much money if you are slowly decorating your house rather than having a huge shopping spree for every season every single year. You would end up spending thousands of dollars if you did that. Even if you don’t want to decorate too much, keep the same stuff for years to come. I only like to decorate my house for different seasons because I feel like it makes my house more “homey”. It sounds stupid, but it just feels cozier to me.

Get inspiration and know what you’re looking for.

I definitely looked at Pinterest before we went shopping. Pinterest is a tremendous resource for inspiration in all situations of life. In fact, I’m curious as to how people got inspiration for decor before Pinterest was around. I didn’t have a house then, so I don’t know the answer to that. Someone please clue this millennial in. Check out my decorating board here (or my holiday board)if you’re looking for inspiration yourself. I have decor ideas for all seasons and even a few DIY ideas!

After checking it out, I then knew I wanted a lantern and some filler for the lantern along with a sign and some pillows for our couch. When I decided that, I knew exactly what I was looking for. That meant that I don’t need to spend all day browsing with no idea of what I want, I know where to go. If one store doesn’t have what I want, I go to the next one and look there. If that store doesn’t have it, I can always look online…but I’ll talk about that later.

Shop around.

Once you know what you’re looking for, keep an open mind on what it’s going to look like. We settled on only going to Marshalls and Walmart because I knew that I was going to find what I wanted between the two stores. I found a lantern on clearance at Marshalls which is a total win because it’s large enough that I can use it for Christmas too. I already know that I’m filling it with candles and small pumpkins for fall, and then turning around and filling it with Christmas balls for the Christmas season. I’ve yet to come up with an idea for the rest of the year but I think our buffet table may be it’s permanent home.

Shopping around is not only good on your wallet, but it also turns the shopping trip into a small adventure. You can even play a game of who can find the most needed items to complete your list with the least amount of stores. It might sound kind of lame, but I’m all about lame and cheesy games because they make life fun.

The best thing you can do for your wallet is avoid impulse buying. Those cute little things that stores have at the register is so you can think, “what’s this tiny thing that is $3 going to really affect my total?” The answer? A lot if you do that at every store you go to. Be tough, tell yourself no!

Shop online if needed.

Like I said before, if I don’t find what I want in store, I go shopping online. Thankfully, I didn’t need to shop online for this season. But I have shopped online for Christmas decorations in the past, so I know that Amazon is the place to go. Amazon is definitely my favorite place to shop online, mainly because we have amazon prime which gets us two day shipping (along with a ton of other great benefits). Not to mention, I have done 100% of my Christmas shopping on Amazon for the last two years and I don’t see any turning back. Especially since I now have a child whose birthday is the day after Christmas (party planning and Christmas planning at the same time is SO stressful). If you want a few great fall items without leaving your house, I’ve compiled a list of great fall decor below. Feel free to click directly on the pictures to view them on Amazon.








Other Decor:

If you are shopping for any occasion, it’s best to have a budget in mind. It has a possibility of ruining your entire budget unless you make sure you don’t overspend. If you need to, you can add a shopping category to your cash envelopes. If you decide to do that, use your cash as you would the rest of your categories. Once the cash is gone, your shopping trip is finished. It could be a bummer, but there is no point in shopping at all if you know that it’s only going to blow your plan to pieces.

If you have some great fall decorating ideas, feel free to leave a comment and let me know what you do in your house!


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