There’s nothing more exciting than getting the chance to change things up in the home. Recently, we’ve all spent a lot more time in our own four walls, and even if we’ve got the home of our dreams, we’re most likely getting a little fed up. The fact that after lockdown we’re beginning to be able to leave the house gives us all the ability to get fresh air, get a fresh outlook and maybe get the chance to buy a few new bits and bobs to spruce up our interior.
Just because we can go out and spend now, doesn’t mean we should go wild. Being thrifty with your money will help you enjoy your new things just as much, whilst allowing you to stretch your cash further. Here are some of our top tips for making those notes go further.
Shop Around and Take Your Time
There’s no rush right now, and the best way to make sure you’re getting the most from your money is by shopping around. There’s so many places you to spend your money, online and off, that sometimes it can feel a little bit intimidating shopping around. But to get the best value, you should. Whether you’re merely looking for a dash of paint, something of a centrepiece for your living room, or an item in between, it is best you don’t just buy the first thing that comes up.
If you’re aware of what is out there, you can be aware of what is good. There’s many places - especially when it comes to larger stores - that will offer you something that is cookie-cutter and characterless, but also super expensive. That isn’t what you want. Stretching your cash doesn’t necessarily mean buying cheap, but it does mean that if you spend money, it better be worth it.
Buy for a Long Time, Not Just a Nice Time
Spending money is great when you’re getting something that you know oozes quality. It can be cheap as chips or a pretty penny, but either way, what you’re buying needs to last a long time. Replacing everything in your home across a 5 year cycle because it becomes worn and brakes isn’t sustainable. Buying something that will last you until you decide you want a change is the way to go. Our furniture comes ready for a long, lasting life and we’re really proud of that.
Make a Plan
We’ve all been there: you think you know what you want, and you get 20 seconds into buying something for your home and you start buying things left, right and centre. If you can come up with a plan of what you want - paint, a dining table, a TV stand, a shelf - you can then shop around and stick with what you need. It is fairly straightforward but if you go out with the aim of ‘seeing what happens’ you will end up with a long receipt and an expensive shopping bill!
Spend Time not Money
If you’re looking for ways to save money, take a look at what you already have. If you spend good time trying to think of new and inventive ways to utilise what you already have, you’ll end up having fun, saving money and you’ll probably enjoy the creative process. We don’t necessarily mean upcycling here, but take a look at what isn’t being used, and repurpose it elsewhere. Giving something another lick of paint shouldn’t be sniffed at, but shelves, plant pots, cupboards and drawers can all be salvaged into either different things or different styles with just a little time spent thinking creatively.