10/25/2010

Fall into Saving Money Around the House

We all like to save money, but who says a thrifty nest can look like a designer one? Here are some ways to save money around the house and give your home a fresh new look for fall.

In the Bedroom:

Giving the bedroom a fresh new look does not have to be expensive. A fresh coat of paint, or focusing on the main centerpieces of the room, such as the bed, can completely change it. Finding a comforter you like will help determine the color scheme for the rest of the room. Reversible, solid colored comforters are a good choice, because they offer twice as many design options. There's no better way to add a quick splash of color and comfort to your drab room. You can spend a fortune on designer throw pillows, but don't. Cheap ones are available just about anywhere. A big comfortable reading pillow will come in handy as well. If you're crafty create a photo and postcard mural, and turn it into a unique poster.

In the Bathroom:

Check the thrift stores for small hanging photographs. Depending on the picture and the size of the frame, you may hang it directly, or decide to frame a poster of your own. Towels are another way to add a bright splash of color without having to spend too much money-- about $30 dollars for a six piece set. Small, inexpensive baskets, can also turn into cute storage spaces. Also, when it comes to cleaning instead of buying paper towels over and over again, re purpose old t-shirts as dusting and dishrags cutting down on waste.

In the Kitchen:

Brighten up the kitchen by using mirrors to reflect incoming light, small ones, such as mirrors that would be placed in a locker, can be decorated in all sorts of ways. Bring the outdoors inside too, and don't be afraid to accessorize with small discount or thrift store items. Choose a theme and you could give your kitchen a whole new look just by replacing some key accessories like, dish towels, salt and pepper shakers and pot holders.

Also inside the kitchen, save money on food by freezing it. Buy shredded cheese in bulk when you see a deal. Sprinkle in cornstarch to prevent sticking, then freeze. Milk and bread, and nuts can also be frozen for later use. Also save on energy costs by hand washing dishes after small snack. After the dishwasher's final rinse, open the door and pull out the racks. Let the dishes air-dry to save electricity.

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