Who says decorating your home has to cost an arm and a leg? When you're busy shopping for furniture, paintings, wall art and other decorative furnishings, you can easily burn through your available budget. After all, an entire set of furniture alone can run you several thousand dollars -- and that's not taking into account other things like wall art and paintings. The good news, however, is that you don't have to break into your savings account to achieve an attractive home decor. Following the tips outlined below can set you on the right path for an attractive, functional living environment, all while staying within your budget.
Check the Dump for Free Paint
It's not uncommon for homeowners to dispose of their leftover paint at the local dump or landfill. You can't throw paint away in the trash, so they typically take it to one of these locations. Because of this, you can often get paint for free by checking some of the dumps in your area. Keep in mind that there may be only be a few colors available, and in limited quantities. Nonetheless, the dump and landfill are excellent places to check for free paint.
Another great place to check if you're decorating your home on a budget is thrift stores. Don't get me wrong, not all thrift stores are worth your time and money. Some of them contain little more than overpriced junk. Others, however, contain some truly remarkable items for a fraction of their original cost. The next time you're sitting around the house bored with nothing to do, hop in your car and check out some of the thrift stores around your area. With a little time and effort, you can come away some great furniture and furnishings for your home.
We can't talk about places to shop for home decorating items on a budget without mentioning yard sales. Regardless of where exactly you live, chances are there's some yard sales taking place -- and these yard sales can provide some great furnishings for your home at little cost. There are a few things to keep in mind when shopping for home decor items at yard sales, one of which is that it's "first come first served." If you wait until the second or third day to visit a yard sale, all of the great deals might be gone. You'll also need to bring a truck or van if you plan on buying any large items like furniture.