Setting Up Your New Home on a Tight Budget
Posted April 16, 2014


You've sealed the deal on your new home and it's time to move in. There may not be a lot of money to spare for all the things you'd like to buy for your home, but there are ways you can start getting it in the shape you'd like it to be, without breaking the bank.

Before you packed your things to move, you most likely got rid of all the things you definitely didn't want to bring to your new home. So with everything now in its place, you can look around and figure out what your needs are (as opposed to your wants).

Let's start small. You may want to replace pieces like lamps if the current ones are in direct contrast to your new settings. You look at your old furniture and are tempted to go shopping. But should you buy new furniture right now, just because you really don't like the looks of your old? Try to hold on for a while longer, instead rewarding yourself with new pillows, a throw or maybe a rug. You can renew your old furniture's looks by adding new colors to focus on and for a lot less cash.

If your home isn't new, painting a room's wall in a different color could be the boost it needs. Decorate your walls by framing and hanging your personal pictures. There they are, complete with memories. You can find a variety of colorful frames on sale or at discount stores. Remember, everything eventually goes on sale.

Invest in house plants with planters in pretty colors. These are great decorative pieces with low price tags. Try new towels and rugs for your bathrooms, affordable blinds and curtains for windows and finishing hardwood floors if needed. These are all things that won't add long-term cost to your currently budget.

Be proud of where you are at the moment, and all that new stuff can wait until you're able to comfortably afford it.

Posted By: Michelle Keaton-Barrow
April 16, 2014 09:54 PM




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