Many home and condo owners are mortgaged to the hilt and so when it comes to decorating their homes they are left with few options if they are looking for luxury décor. If you are looking to give your bedroom that luxury appeal while on a limited budget, here are some ideas that just might save the day – and your pocketbook as well!
When You Can’t Afford to Scrimp – Or Can You?
Before going into some great ideas for saving money on that luxury bedroom, there is one area where you can’t afford to pinch the pennies – or can you? Most people will not sleep on a used mattress because, well, simply because of the health risks posed. If it didn’t come from a family member or very close friend, that mattress may not be as easy to sanitize as you think!
Then what about if you have problems with your spinal column and need specific control over various parts of the body in order to get a good night’s rest without placing undue strain on areas that suffer? You can get a really good deal online for adjustable bed mattresses and frames comparable to higher priced Sleep Number beds but at much less the cost. Yes, you can afford to pinch the pennies if you can find the right air adjustable mattress at more than reasonable prices.
Thrift and Secondhand Shops
Many homeowners are amazed at what they can find at thrift or secondhand shops. In fact, if the person doing the pricing on items donated isn’t a collector, you may even find antiques for 50 cents that are worth hundreds of dollars. We hear these stories all the time and wonder why we’ve never found such bargains. But, have you tried? Lamps, floor mats, linens, pictures and other items are often brand spanking new and you pay pennies on the dollar of their retail price. You may not find what you are looking for today, but keep scouting around. Sooner or later you will find what you need and it will be all the better for the wait.
Craigslist and Freecycle
Then, there’s always Craigslist and Freecycle. A few short years ago these were virtually unknown but today they are booming with visitors. There probably isn’t an area of the country that doesn’t have a local chapter of Freecycle and Craigslist has even gone international. Freecycle, as the name implies, is where you can get items absolutely free. Either watch for postings of items being offered or post your own ‘wants’ to see who responds. Craigslist may have items for free or may be sold for a low cost. In any event, both are cheaper than buying at retail prices and again, you just may find a real treasure cheap!
Neighborhood Swap Shop
In many areas of the country people have gone to setting up a neighborhood swap shop. This is where one day a month (or quarterly) is designated to a swap. There are different ways of going about this but the main thrust is to share amongst neighbors – recycle if you will – so that you get something you want and vice versa. Many communities have listings for their swap shop in their weekly/monthly newsletter. Homeowners’ Associations are famous for printed and digital newsletters and this is where many associations set up a Swap Shop column. If you are embarrassed by this concept, don’t be!
Remember, those other people are in the same boat and if they are listing for swap items they have, they are in no a better financial position than you are. Actually, many parts of the country are big on recycling and it’s not a matter of budget but of going green. So you see, it’s perfectly okay to swap with neighbors. It saves the planet and it surely saves your budget.
Unless you can afford to go out and spend thousands and thousands of dollars on a single room, be prepared to be creative. There is absolutely nothing wrong with buying perfectly good, previously-owned items if they are still in good repair and fit your idea of a luxury bedroom. This is part of what living in a ‘green economy’ is all about and not only will you find great things for cheap (or free) but you will actually be trendy by today’s standards. The only thing you may want to buy new is a mattress but there are options that won’t cost an arm and a leg. Have fun shopping – you never know what you might find!