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I absolutely LOVE shopping thrift stores for my home decor. It’s a cheap hobby that challenges my creativity, BUT for those new to thrifting it’s very easy to become overwhelmed by, how do I put this nicely? Vast amounts of junk.

To help you cut though the clutter and get straight to the good stuff, I’ve made a list of 10 Home Decor Items to Buy at Thrift Stores. Keep an eye out for these things every time you shop and you’re sure to have your first thrift-store-score in no time!

1. Lamps & Lampshades

When purchased new, lamps & lampshades can be EXPENSIVE! Instead of shelling out $80-$100, check your local thrift store first. With a little creativity, an outdated lamp can look as good as new! Here’s a little inspiration to get you started!

DIY Farmhouse Inspired Burlap and Zinc Finished Lamps by Rustique Restoration

2. Vintage Books

Instead of buying vintage books at antique stores where they can cost anywhere from $5-$25 a piece, keep an eye open for them at thrift stores. I usually find them for about $.50 each! Check out my post below to learn how to recreate the antique look for less!

 

DIY Vintage Book Hack by The OklaHomemaker

DIY Vintage Book Hack by The OklaHomemaker

3. Silver Trays

I feel like I see 10 of these every time I hit the thrift store and I have to restrain myself from buying them all! Maybe one of these days I’ll buy a few and create a stunning gallery wall like this one from Jillian Harris.

Love It Or List It Vancouver: Gina & Jeff by Jillian Harris

 

4. Antique Furniture

I love antique furniture because it has quality and character that todays mass-produced pieces seem to lack. The possibilities here are endless! Here’s a great post by Love of Family and Home. Pinterest is a wonderful resources for thrift store makeover inspiration so check it out when you’re ready to start your first project!

Goodwill Chair Makeover by Love of Family and Home

 

5. Baskets

Baskets are a fantastic thrift store find for those of us looking to add a little organization to our lives. Here’s a great tutorial for staining and stenciling out-of-date baskets to give them new life!

 

Updated Storage Baskets with Stain and Number Stencils by Making Home Base

 

6. Picture Frames

You can never have too many because there are just SO many things you can do with them! Fill them with printable art, group them together to form a gallery wall, turn them into chalkboards to display important messages, or repurpose them into serving trays! Let your creativity run wild!

Reclaimed Wood Tray by Confessions of a Serial DIYer

 

7. Mismatched China

I love the look a mismatched set of china creates! Display it on a wall or in a hutch to add a little southern flair to your decor!

A New Decorative Plate Wall in Our Dining Room by Driven by Decor

 

8. Vases

Please, never ever EVER pay full price for a vase. I see HUNDREDS of them at thrift stores just begging for a little TLC. Use some pretty vase fillers, ribbon, twine, or spray paint to create a style you love.

DIY Mercury Glass Vase by Hammer and Heels Blog

 

9. Chandliers

One persons trash is a DIY’ers treasure! Chandeliers are a beautiful way to add character to your home, but purchased new they come with a hefty price tag! Try searching your local thrift store first. A little elbow grease and some spray paint work wonders on outdated brass fixtures!

Brass Chandelier Makeover by Reasons to Come Home

 

10. Fabrics

The textiles section of the thrift store is a great place to find fabrics that can be used for recovering throw pillows, reupholstering seat cushions, or sewing curtains. Check out these beautiful ruffled curtains Rachel from Maison de Pax made using old sheets!

DIY Ruffled Curtains by Maison de Pax

 

April 18, 2016 1 comment
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10  DIY Ways to Add Farmhouse Style Pin

Hello friends! Today I’m super excited to share about two of my favorite things: DIY projects & farmhouse style! Check out these fantastic tutorials for a little inspiration, then maybe take a shot at one or two of them yourself!

DIY Large Chalkboard by Liz Marie Blog

Open Pipe Shelving by Magnolia Market

DIY Yardstick Mirror by Twin Dragonfly Designs

Bird’s Nest Napkin Rings by Uncommon Designs

Farmhouse Window Trim by Love Grows Wild

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The Cheapest and Easiest Way to Shiplap by Liz Marie Blog

DIY Cotton Wreath by The OklaHomemaker

Making an “Antique” Sign by Miss Mustard Seed

 

Mason Jar Pendant Light by The Summery Umbrella

 

DIY Wooden Display Ladder by Magnolia Market

I hope you’ve enjoy these 10 DIY Ways to Add Farmhouse Style to Your Home? What’s your favorite farmhouse DIY? Leave a link in the comments below to share!

April 13, 2016 3 comments
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This is the third and final post in my series on How to Coupon (for Beginners!). I’ve had so much fun sharing this passion of mine with you, and hope that you’ve learned a thing or two along the way! Todays post will be all about rebate and reward programs you can use to maximize your couponing savings! I’ll also talk about a few of my favorite time-saving apps, because anything that makes life easier is worth sharing! Untitled

Rebates & Rewards:

When stacked with coupons, and great sale prices, rebate and reward programs can stretch your savings even further! Sometimes I even MAKE more money than I spend on these deals!

Extra Care by CVS

CVS’s  Extra Care rewards program is by far my favorite one out there! Download their app or create an account in-store to get the special members-only discounts advertised in their sales circular, receive coupons in your e-mail, and earn Extra Care Bucks rewards. Extra care bucks are coupons that can be redeemed towards your next purchase. They are earned by purchasing select items as advertised, plus you will get $5 for every $50 spent on beauty, and $5 for every 10 pharmacy credits. Any Extra Care Bucks earned will print at the bottom of your receipt, but watch out! Unlike gift-cards they do expire. “Roll” your extra care bucks by using them to pay for your future purchases and you will reduce your out-of-pocket expenses!

iBotta

The iBotta app is a rebate app that helps you earn cash back on your every day purchases. Choose from a list of rebates available at your favorite store, then unlock and redeem them by submitting a photo of your receipt. Once you’ve reached $20 you can transfer your rebates to your PayPal or Venmo account, or with a $25 minimum you can purchase gift cards to select retailers. Taking advantage of available rebate offers is a great way to maximize your savings! I’ve even used the app to “make” money off of items I received for free after coupons!

Apps:

I’ve rounded up the best of the best when it comes to apps for couponing! These free apps will save you time & money! Download them and start taking advantage of these incredible resources!

Coupons.com

The Coupons.com app is my favorite place to find printable coupons. Just browse the list of available coupons, “clip” the ones you want, then print them right from your phone! They have a large database of online sales and coupon codes as well. Printable coupons can only printed two times from each device.

Flipp

The Flipp app is a great resource containing up-to-date sales circulars for all your favorite places to shop. It has a filter to help you search for the best discounts, and has a “Clip” feature so you can add sales to your list for later. It is SO convenient to have all that information available in one place!

Cartwheel

Target’s Cartwheel app has a barcode scanner to make searching for discounts quick and simple. I scan every item as I put it into my cart just to make sure I don’t miss anything! If the item scanned doesn’t match any offers, the app will suggest a similar item that does. Once I find an offer I want to use, I add it to my barcode and have the cashier scan it at the register. I find some unexpected savings every time I shop! Cartwheel offers can be stacked with one Target coupon AND one manufacturers coupon per item, and can be used over and over again until the offer expires.

Krazy Coupon Lady

This app is basically everything a couponer needs compiled in one place! So so so helpful! Select your favorite stores to “follow” a feed of their sales, coupon deals, and clearance finds. Browse printable coupons, create a shopping list, and share a “brag” post to pass the fantastic savings along! Check out their “Learn” section for money saving hacks, educational videos, and a super awesome Transform Your Shopping Habits in 10 Days e-book. This is a great app for beginning couponers because it contains so much helpful information!

That wraps up our series on How to Coupon (for Beginners!) If you have any questions, or care to share some of your money saving tips leave a comment below!

January 21, 2016 0 comment
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As part of James and I’s plan to pay off $40,000 in debt in 2016 (more about that here), I’ll be using coupons to save on all our household essentials. After several failed attempts, I finally learned to coupon in August of 2015 when a friend of mine took time to teach me the ropes. Since then it’s saved us hundreds of dollars and become a fun hobby of mine. I often find the things I need for 50%-70% off retail, and sometimes even FREE! I’ll never pay full price again!

In my next three posts, I hope to teach you how to coupon for items like toiletries, cleaning products, detergents, and more so that you can enjoy the same savings! In this post I’ll cover the basics including a list of resources, where to shop, where to get coupons, and the different types of coupons available. This post will contain LOTS of information,  so make sure you pin it for future reference! Let’s jump right in!

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The Basics:

Where to shop:

Target seems to be the most popular choice among couponers, this is because their coupon policy is easy to work with, they have great sales, and you have the option of using the Cartwheel app to maximize your savings. They are my personal favorite place to shop. CVS is a close second. Since these stores are where I do most of my shopping, I’ll focus on them in my post today.

Where to get coupons:

One thing I get asked all the time is “How do you get so many coupons?!” The answer is simple, I buy SO MANY newspapers! When I started couponing, I purchased 4 papers a week from my local Dollar Tree store. Paying $4 a week for my coupons was worth the extra expense because I knew I would be saving wayyyy more than that!

Printable coupons are another convenient & budget friendly option. Visit Coupons.com and Target.com to find hundreds of coupons you can print right from your home computer!

The third option is to search for what’s called a “Coupon Fairy” in your area. This is someone that sells newspaper inserts in bulk at a discounted rate. Or you can order your coupons from sellers on Facebook groups like Coupon Inserts & Clippings.

When to buy:

You’ll hear couponers talk about “stock up” prices. The “stock up” price is estimated to be the lowest price an item will sell for in about 3-6 months, so when you find an item available at a “stock up” price, buy enough to last until the next time the item goes on sale. By doing this you will eliminate the need to pay full price for your household necessities and maximize your savings! For a list of “stock up” prices on the most common household necessities head over to Passion For Savings and search for the item you need! It’s easy as a newbie couponer to overspend on things, simply because everything seems like a great deal compared to what you’re used to paying! Consulting a “stock up” price list before buying will help keep you and your wallet on track. 🙂

Resources:

There are many fantastic blogs and social media groups out there completely dedicated to couponing. I would encourage you to start following a few as you begin your couponing journey. Some of my favorites are:

The Couponing Couple
The Krazy Coupon Lady
The Consumer Queen
Passion for Savings
Target Couponing
CVS Couponers

These websites and groups will keep you up-to-date on all the latest deals, as well as post updates about store coupon policies, money saving tricks, etc. The couponing world moves quickly so make sure you check in often!

If you follow these blogs or groups for any length of time, you’ll notice that couponers seem to have their own secret language. Here’s a cheat sheet, you might want to save it for future reference as I’ll be using it in the following posts:

couponinglingo

 

I think that pretty much covers the basics, but we still have a lot to learn! Come back Monday to learn about the different types of coupons available, and how to stack them to get the most amazing deals!

Feel free to ask questions in the comments, I would love the chance to help you learn! I’m excited to share more about my passion for couponing and hope you’ll join me on this journey!

January 14, 2016 1 comment
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