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All of us, at one point or another, run into the universal dilemma of wanting to add some freshness to our lives but we don’t have the money to do it. Many times this can take the form of redecorating your home. Giving your house a new look is a great way to reinvigorate yourself by changing your surroundings. “Out with the old and in with the new” is just what we need sometimes. One big misconception is that redecorating your home has to be a tremendous investment that you save and save for. Not true! There are plenty of ways to give your house a makeover without busting your budget. Whether it’s secondhand furniture, installing large mirrors, or painting, there are things you can do that can give you the new look you’re after.

While there are many ways to redecorate on the cheap, here are a few ideas to get you started. Remember to budget on the whole. All of your expenditures are related. The more you save in some areas, the more you’ll have to spend on furniture and décor. Here are some things most people can do if they take the time to read a few tutorials, get creative, and shop around. Let’s get decorating.

Build What You Can

Doing things yourself is good advice for saving money in any capacity. Remember that the big part of the cost of most of the things you buy is the combination of labor and packaging. Cutting those out leaves you with considerable savings. While not everyone is a master carpenter, there are some things that aren’t too tough to put together. Take shelves for example. With the proper time and patience, they absolutely can be built by anyone. You may feel comfortable building other things, including headboards, stools, shoe racks, etc. You’ll be amazed what you can be inspired to build once you start and see that it’s not so hard.

The Walls Are Your Canvas

Your walls are a good place to display your creativity on the cheap. Whether you decide to paint your walls a new color or buy large mirrors to change the room, there are many things that can give the appearance of totally changing your house while actually being a minimal fix. Painting a room is definitely a weekend project. But for relatively little money, you can change the entire mood of the room. Remember that colors can give the illusion of rooms being more open or more cozy and contained. Mirrors and paintings can turn a bare looking room into an interesting room full of things to talk about. Don’t be afraid to inject a little personality into your home.

Whatever you choose to do, remember that shopping around is an integral step when looking to save money. Search for the best trade off in price and quality. A comfortable middle ground is the way to go. Too cheap can have bad results. Search for tutorials online and check the selection of your favorite retailers to see what kind of deals you can get.

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John Reed is a blogger obsessed with saving money. He often writes about the most creative ways you can save money doing nearly anything.

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