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7 Stores For Budget Home Decor (That Doesn’t Look Cheap!)

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I can remember when a certain store first started and offered really fabulous finds for clothing and home goods, with shockingly reasonable prices tags. As is so often the case, the store became incredibly popular (ahem- a staple for most families really) and the prices have continued to climb. While I still find myself shopping there, the home decor section is getting more and more expensive. That means I've had to search for new stores and retailers that can give me the same satisfaction. Now, let's be clear: I want cute (and sometimes trendy) home items that function, look great, and don't cost me a fortune, but I do NOT want things that look cheap. Thankfully, I've found lost of other options that have pleasantly surprised me with their home decorating options and overall prices. Here are 7 stores for budget home decor (that doesn't look cheap!)

1. World Market

Do you need really cute accessories for your home, such as new outdoor cushions or adorable, exotic accents like hanging lanterns. World Market is the place to come for it! They have trendy accents galore and even some furniture that could be mixed in with other pieces to create a unique look in your home.

2. Lamps Plus

Lamps Plus is my secret weapon. Nearly all of my light fixtures have come from here. I love statement lighting, but not the crazy prices that often accompany it. Lamps Plus has a huge variety of very affordable lighting, but also has an Open Box clearance section that is a jackpot for home decor.

3. JCP Home

A few years ago a friend of mine revealed that she had  accidentally stumbled on JC Penny's home decor section when she needed extra long curtains for her loft apartment. After spending hours looking at high end, custom drapes in virtually every possible store, she found exactly what she needed at jcp home for a mere fraction of the other options. Ever since then, I've been checking it out regularly. Last year, decorator Jonathan Adler teamed up to offer even more incredible options for very reasonable prices. It was just icing on the cake!

4. Overstock.com

I find lots and lots of staples at Overstock.com, especially for rugs, lamps, poufs, etc. I also like Overstock.com for remodeling projects. Need a new kitchen sink? Check the site and you can find a nice selection in a variety of price points.  But the best part is reading reviews for the products. Those of us who want to get a great price, but not a cheap product find Overstock reviews to be lifesavers! Here's another blog on that as well from CottageandVine. 

5. Rugs USA

I have a serious thing for rugs. I also can't fathom when I will ever pay the hefty price tag of the ones I see in magazines. So, imagine my delight when I discovered Rugs USA. They have an almost overwhelming site loaded with every possible style, price, and construction of rug. The best part though is they have great sales. I feel as though they truly solved many of my home decor problems.

6. Home Decorators Collection

I was resistant at first.  Most of the people that I knew who had ordered items from here chose things that were far outside my own style. So, I wasn't sure Home Decorators Collection would really be a good fit for me. Until I saw these inspired rooms on Houzz.com , which immediately changed everything.

7.  Flash Sale Sites

I will warn you in advance; once you begin the path of the flash sale site you may not return.  These sites provide limited time offers for everything from clothing to kitchen accessories, but the true deal is in the home decorating sections. Granted, some of it is very high end and still out of my price range, but a lot of it puts something normally out of reach straight into my home. Here are my favorites (and there are plenty more out there if you look):
  • Gilt Groupe
  • One King's Lane
  • Chairish (not technically a flash sale site, but similar)
  • Hautelook
So, if you are looking for budget home decor and are willing to spend a little time online, there are a number of great choices out there. These 7 happen to be my favorites, but what are yours? Looking for coupons on these sites? Here are a few:

5 Frugal Trips To Take This Weekend

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I recently ran across this older blog series from the NY Times, The Frugal Traveler and could not stop reading the multiple weekends the writer experienced on a mere $100.  Granted, this writer is traveling all over the world in fascinating cities, where sightseeing alone can qualify as something to do. It all sounds terribly exciting! However, it got me thinking about planning a next-to-nothing getaway for my own family. With school looming around the corner, we've got to get something squeezed in quickly and (as always) inexpensively. After a little digging, I found some excellent opportunities and thought I'd share them. Here are 5 frugal trips to take this weekend, should you also be craving a little excitement on a small budget.

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10 (Almost Free) Ways To Beat The Heat

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  Ah, mid-July. The mid-summer point where temperatures start to climb, and we all swelter a bit more. Even with the heat, I want to get outside as much as possible to savor these last weeks of summer. But where to go and what to do? Most summertime activities have been tried and tested at this point in the season, and even the ever-enticing pool has started to lose its luster. Never fear! There are plenty of options around. With a little creativity and effort, you can enjoy the last weeks of summer while creating great new memories for the whole family. Here are 10 (almost free) ways to beat the heat.

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5 Ways To Quit Impulse Buying

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I know you all have been there too. I entered Target with the sole mission of picking up a child's birthday present. I knew exactly what to buy, which section to find it, and I didn't even need to buy a gift bag because I have stockpiled them lately. A solid hour later I sailed through the check-out line with 15 other items. 15!  It started with the genius visual merchandising that drew me over to the accessories. I had time for a quick walk-through. Boom, a fedora marked for clearance wound up in the cart. Immediately the new hat was followed by socks, nail polish, air conditioning filters, a pack of Hanes T-shirts, 5 of the $1 items for kids' entertainment, a tank top, batteries, and 3 packs of gum. Oh, and the birthday present. But they were all on sale! I thought I was supposed to buy these items when I found them for reduced prices, right? Well, considering that my budget for that trip was $15 and my total receipt was for around $78, something is wrong with this scenario. After that trip, I've been bringing it back to the basics and had a little heart to heart with myself about spending. I also ran across this article from Psychology Today on why we impulse buy and found I am guilty of most of those reasons. So, here are 5 ways to quit impulse buying:

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5 Essential 4th of July Dishes

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  It seems we are barreling straight into July before I've really had a chance to enjoy June. Is it just me or is it time for a pause, a break, a moment to kick back and soak in all that is good about summer? Luckily, the 4th of July is just around the corner. The 4th of July is a great time for my family to relax and slow down. Since so many people are off of work, we usually wind up seeing lots of friends and family that day. It's a wonderful opportunity to catch up on naps, games, and even ends with fireworks. What's not to love? My favorite part of July 4th is the food. Like Thanksgiving and Christmas, I feel that everyone brings their best dishes and recipes to the table on the 4th of July. Fresh fruit, grilled meats, homemade desserts seem to overflow on this day. It feels a bit decadent....and I'm okay with that. Plus, it's an interesting aspect to incorporate the red, white, and blue color scheme into the mix. So, here's a round-up of 5 fun 4th of July dishes that are guaranteed to bring a smile to any event you attend this year.

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Top 7 Ways To Save Money Every Month

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Setting a Family Budget

Our household recently experienced a change of employment, which meant changes in pay as well. While any increase in salary is obviously welcome, the change in how we get paid has thrown us a curve ball. We've gone from a bi-monthly set pay schedule to a once a month pay schedule. Talk about terrifying. Sure, that lump sum is going to seem great on the first day, but how about stretching it out through the next 30? Not only do we want to stretch every dollar, we want to be 100% debt free as soon as possible. Though we aren't living check to check, it's a giant shift in our thinking. While we've always budgeted and planned fairly well, this seems like the perfect time to reevaluate and examine all the little ways money walks right out of the house each month. Perhaps there are ways to tighten up and save even more each month, which would then leave even more money on the table to pay down our remaining debt.  This past week, I went back to the basics and looked at our daily habits and how they add up either positively or negatively to affect our bottom line each month. Yep, there is definitely room for adjustments.

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Easy Summer Recipes Under $10

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If you are like us, summer brings a lovely sort of chaos. Although our speed slows and we spend hours idly lounging with no real objectives, we also seem to have bursts of running to and fro from one summer activity to another. The trickiest part of this for me is we have no set schedule. Camps or clubs are only a week at a time and when I finally get a handle on the rhythm, we're onto the next week. Dinner presents particular difficulty  (why do I feel like dinner time just sneaks up and ambushes me in the summer?) and I often default to breakfast-for-dinner or fend-for-yourself night because I didn't plan very well. Or even worse, we're ordering take out and fast food on a regular basis, blowing right through our grocery budget.

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What To Buy In June

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It's finally feeling like summer: the pool is open, the heat is kicking in, and Father's Day is around the corner. It's also wedding season, with more weddings than ever taking place this month. June is also a great month for deals, at least on certain items. And you know I am ALWAYS looking for the best deals. So, here's what to buy in June:

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The Single Best Father’s Day Gift

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We already celebrated mom and discussed that ultimately all she really wants is quality time with her kids.  So, what about dad? Does the same gift giving apply to him? Um, no. What dad really wants for Father's Day this year is time TO HIMSELF. That's right, the single, best Father's Day gift is truly down time.

Oh, he loves his kids and his family, no question. He does cherish the opportunity to coach team sports, show off some math skills during homework, and having little hands help with yard work. However, what dad secretly wishes for is an hour or two that he can sneak off guilt-free to swing a golf club, tennis racket, or fishing rod on his own.

So, here are three ways to give dad what he really wants for Father's Day.

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3 Online Resources For Beginning Gardeners

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Well, April showers bring May flowers, and true gardeners are well ahead of me I know. As I continue to see all of the incredible beauty with spring flowers, I realize I've dropped the ball this year. However, it's just so busy this month with Mother's Day, graduations and everything else we are winding down on right now. So, my landscaping and gardening have taken a back seat. I've officially begun researching how to start a small food garden and a planting garden, and I am ready to fill my patio with lovely plants and flowers of all varieties. Let me point out here that I am a complete novice at this, but am ready for both me and the kids to get on board in the garden. So, here are my 3 online resources for beginning gardeners, but if you have more please share!

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