How to Decorate a New Home on a Tight Budget

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Good news for cohabiting couples: minimalism is in, which is great because we're all about quality over quantity in the first place! We know decorating a new home can be tough, not only on your wallet but on your relationship too (particularly when you're trying to pay for a wedding and art and plants and lamps and all that good stuff at the same time). Don't let the stress get to your head though. Here are 6 ways to decorate your home on a tight budget without, you know, sacrificing style or the aforementioned quality.

1. Make Google search and price comparing your best friend.
Turns out, that pretty lamp or area rug you've been eyeing is likely available at more than just one store. So before you click purchase, copy paste the name and brand of the product into Google search and see where else it's on sale at. Chances are, you'll find it at a lower price somewhere else or perhaps a particular site will be running a promotion for a pretty penny off.

2. Check eBay, Craigslist and outlet stores for deals.
Let's say you love Design Within Reach but most of their stuff isn't exactly in reach for you. Well, did you know that they have an outlet store on eBay that let's you bid and buy barely used floor samples for much lower prices (and there's no tax!). In fact, many of your favorite home good stores have eBay outlets, you probably just didn't know about them. Craigslist and Etsy are other fab go-to shops for great décor deals.

3. Get on the list to get a discount.
Several online stores selling something chic you want for your home? If they all have it for the same price, see if one of the sites offers a discount for signing up to be on their email list. These new subscriber codes will typically score you 10-15% off, which can make a huge impact if you're buying more than one item or just an oversized furniture piece. Plus, you'll probably get all the latest news and friends and family only discount codes in the future.

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4. Wait for holiday weekends.
Like Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas, just to name a few. Most stores will be running big promotions and offering deep (or at least decent) discounts on everything in store. That means, all you have to do is have a little patience, save up your money and wait until the time is right to buy, buy, buy those décor items on your must-have list!

5. Hit up thrift stores and flea markets.
Whether you live in a big city or small town, there are thrift stores to explore and flea markets galore just waiting for you to find some treasure. While these are both hit or miss, you never know when you're really going to score big.

6. Have a yard sale.
Out with the old, in with the new! If you just moved in together and even if you didn't, you probably have a bunch of stuff still in boxes you're, well, not that into anymore. Instead of hiding it away in the garage or trying to find a place for it in the new spot, why not gather up all your "junk" and have a big yard sale? You'll then be free to decorate with a clean slate and have some extra cash on hand to buy the things you really want. It's a win-win!

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