I love to decorate my house for the holidays! We moved last summer, so I’m still trying to figure out decorations. The new house is a totally different layout, plus I have more space, so it has been a slow (but fun!) process.
One of my absolute favorite places to go for decorating inspiration is Pinterest. I am not the best at coming up with unique ideas, but I am very capable at copying them! :-)
Here are a few tips that I have for savings money on Fall Decor and Halloween Items. I would love to hear your thoughts and tips in the comments section!
1) Shop Goodwill, Consignment and/or Garage Sales: One of my friends and I met up at Goodwill during the last week of August to see what we could dig up. I found this not-so-pretty wreath for just $2. The grapevine wreath underneath was in great shape, so I decided I would tear the flowers off and make my own fall wreath.
2) Make it yourself! I am not crafty. Let me repeat that – I am not crafty. But there is something about Pinterest that makes me think I can do all kinds of things myself, do any of you feel that way too?
I found this wreath on Pinterest and decided that I wanted to make something similar. After a trip to Hobby Lobby (shopping sales and with a coupon) here is what I ended up with – my very own DIY Fall Wreath for a grand total of $28!
(Most of the wreaths I have seen at local nurseries etc… have been $50+). I was even able to reuse the wire from the Goodwill wreath to attach the new foliage. I also plan to reuse the “R” and the green ribbon at Christmas time.
3) Re-purpose Items you Already Own: I have a small antique table that sits in my foyer. On it I have 2 glass hurricane vases that I scored for FREE at Kroger a few years ago when they were having a Kroger Marketplace Holiday Promo. I typically have the vases filled with generic “fill” that I purchased at Target, but decided that I wanted to change them out for fall. It was Pinterest to the rescue again when I saw these.
I already had the hurricanes and candles on hand, so I went to Walmart in search of cheap split peas, popcorn and red beans. I came up empty (maybe everyone else had the same idea?), so I was excited to find the beans and peas at my local Giant Eagle for just $0.99 per bag. I’m really happy with how this project turned out and it cost me less than $5 to fill the hurricanes. It would also be cute (and FREE) to fill the hurricanes with acorns if you have access to some:
4) Shop Local! I love decorating the outside of my house with pumpkins, gourds, dried corn stalks, mums and straw bales, but the cost can add up fast! My subdivision is out in the middle of what used to be a lot of farmland, and a few small family farms still exist. A few years ago I noticed a pumpkin sign at the end of a road I drive past daily, so I decided to investigate. I am so glad that I did! I can purchase a wide variety of pumpkins for $5 and under, gourds 3 for $1, cornstalks for $2-3 plus more.
If I were to purchase these items at local nurseries or “tourist” farms, I would easily pay double – sometimes triple these prices. Be sure to ask around at your local farmers market to see if any local to you farmers offer fall items! Or take a drive some weekend afternoon – you never know what you might stumble upon.
5) Shop Early OR Late: To save on mums, if you hit your local nursery early (before the mums are in bloom) – you can sometimes score them for super cheap. I found small mum bushes for $2.99 toward the end of August. Mums are one of those items that you can really save on if you take the time to shop around!
Likewise – if you wait until just after Halloween and Thanksgiving you can score great deals on items that you can use next year – decor, costumes and more.
What are your best tips for saving on fall decor?