My favorite time of year is upon us! As soon as fall arrives, it puts me in a good mood, because fall and winter are my two favorite seasons. Sadly, in Florida, it doesn’t really feel like fall yet, but that has not deterred me from getting my house ready for autumn and decorating it. I operate on a tight budget, so I have become very good at either finding decorations for cheap or making my own, that way I don’t have to worry about spending a lot of my hard-earned money on things that will just sit around my house. So to help everyone else out who wants to decorate but has to watch their spending, here are some fall decorating on a budget tips.
- Shop sale. Believe me, it can be super tempting to buy stuff full price, but just wait a month or so and it’ll go sale. I’ve started buying stuff for the next year on sale, and then I’m able to slowly build up my decorations, without having to break the bank.
- Check out the dollar store. No, I’m not kidding. I put together a beautiful centerpiece, shown below, with everything from the dollar store, and I spent a grand total of $9 and about 5 minutes arranging it. To get a similar thing at a craft store, you’ll likely spend around $20. And now, you get to say you made it yourself, and add your personal touches to it.
- Use what you have. I found some orange candles that I had sitting around my house and put them in a cute fall candle centerpiece that I found on sale, and voila, I saved whatever the cost of 3 candles were.
- Make it yourself. This goes back to tip # 2. Save money by making centerpieces and signs yourself. I’ve painted cute fall signs myself, as well as made centerpieces, and it looks like something from the store, but by purchasing the supplies myself, and putting in the time, I was able to save some money.
- Use nature. If you are lucky enough to live in a state where the leaves are changing colors and falling and you have some raking to do, put aside some of those beautiful leaves! They can be preserved, follow this link to see how https://learning-center.homesciencetools.com/article/how-to-preserve-leaves/ and used in your decorations! Same thing with pinecones, collect some from your yard, add a touch of glitter, and add it to your centerpiece.
Decorating for fall on a budget doesn’t have to be limiting, it just means you have to think outside the box and put in some time. I promise you, for the most part, these are quick and easy things that you can do that will look great, and give your house that extra touch of fall.