Looking to get your house looking beautiful on a budget? Here are my top money saving tips for how you can get the most out of YOUR money when it comes to decorating your home…
1) Avoid mark-ups on expensive websites by searching for the product name on Google
If you’ve anything like me you go on lots of lovely interiors websites that are amazing for inspiration… but not so much for buying, because their mark-up is insane. I’d had my eye on some gorgeous bedside tables on Maisons Du Monde for ages but I just couldn’t justify the price. One day I looked a little closer at the product and decided to type the name into Google – I typed something like “gold brass insert bedside table” and it popped up on lots of other websites… at a SIGNIFICANTLY reduced price. I ended up saving more than £100 on two tables and I’ve also used this trick again with my bathroom sink unit.
2) Search for discount codes (and try my Desenio voucher code trick!)
Yes, I know, there are loads of spammy discount code websites that promise the earth and then don’t deliver. However, I always go through these before I click complete purchase because you never know, right? Sometimes I’ve half-heartedly copy and pasted a discount code, not expected anything, and it’s actually worked! I also learned a new trick to get a Desenio discount recently. I was looking to buy some prints on Desenio but I couldn’t find a working Desenio discount code anywhere, even though I know they run discounts pretty regularly – I always see influencers and bloggers posting about it. So I searched the hashtag #desenio in Twitter and lo and behold, someone had posted theirs. I ended up getting 10% off my order. If you’re lucky you might even get more than that!
3) Take advantage of sign up offers
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve done this – browsed for something I wanted on a website and then been directed to a pop-up menu that offered 10% off your first order when you sign up. On a couple of occasions I’ve been offered as much as 20% off. Erm, yes please. That can make a huge difference and if you’re signed up you’ll also be notified of any sales or special offers they have coming up – excellent! You can always unsubscribe straight away if you don’t want to receive any further emails.
4) Upcycle what you already have
There isn’t much that matte black paint can’t save when it comes to home decor – and that’s not an exaggeration. I’ve used it on frames for mirrors, I used it on my fireplace, and I also used it to spruce up an old bamboo magazine rack that I picked up at the second hand furniture place. It has seriously transformative properties and it can bring back to life the things that you might think are too far gone to be rescued. Trust me, it’s a worthwhile investment. I think it might use it on my stairway railings next…
5) Buy things second hand
I remember one morning I was browsing for one of those kitsch fish-shaped gluggle jugs on the internet, but the only ones I could find cost around £40, which as far as I’m was just outrageously expensive. I then clicked onto Facebook Marketplace and there was one just there, at the top of my feed, and in my local city. It must have been fate. In the end I paid £7 for it, the seller delivered it to my home the same day, and it now sits proudly in my bathroom. I’m so glad I didn’t pay £40 for one!
6) Wait for the 40% off sales
You’ve probably heard of the La Redoute rug, right? It’s so popular it even has it’s own Instagram account. I knew I wanted one for ages before I bought it but I held fire. Why? Because every time I went on the website all the reviews said things like this: “Love my rug and I even got 40% off in the sale”. It turns out they have 40% sales quite frequently. I knew I didn’t want to pay full price so I just played the waiting game until they had their next sale and then took full advantage of it. So it definitely keep an eyes on the sales and be patient – you never know what kind of bargains you can find.
7) Think outside of the box
One of my favourite things in my bathroom is an old apple crate, which I’ve turned on its side and use to store my shampoo, conditioner, fake tan, etc. I look how rough around the edges it looks in comparison to the smoothness of the tiles and it’s saved me a fortune – if I bought a bathroom unit I would probably be paying £100 or more. One of my favourite interiors people on Instagram transformed an old unit by adding a sink and painting it a gorgeous shade of pastel pink.
8) Compare different websites first
Lots of products are available on more than one website and they all have different sales and different offers on at different times. It’s worth going through all of these to figure out where you can get the best deal from. And take note, the best deal isn’t always the cheapest! You need to factor in other things like sign up offers, the price of postage, what is included in the price, and so on. When I was looking at jam jar lamps I was tempted to go for the offer that had the bulbs included, but it turns out that didn’t work out as the best value. I got them somewhere else and bought the bulbs separately.