Fall Decor on a Budget

Happy Fall!

There’s not much I love more than the end-of-year holidays. Perhaps the commercialism of it all has pulled a fast one on me, but I am a sucker for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. I love the nostalgia and the new memories to be made, the togetherness the holidays envoke, and the decorations. Gosh, do I love the decorations.

I consider myself to be a bargain shopper when necessary, especially when it comes to items that are trendy or won’t be used every day. When it comes to buying holiday decorations, I always keep to a tight budget. And finding nice holiday decorations on a budget sounds like it might be a challenge, but it’s quite the opposite! As long as you know where to look and stick to buying what you need, you can easily decorate your home for the holidays while saving money.

This year I decorated our home for Fall with items costing under $15 each. Here are my tips on how you can do the same:

Homegoods, Target, and Michael’s are a few of my favorite stores to buy holiday decorations from. And when it comes to making our apartment smell good, Bath & Body Works remains my go-to store. My biggest tip is to always search for coupons and deals before you buy anything. And definitely compare prices between stores, too! Many stores have similar decorations during the holidays, so you want to make sure you’re not overspending.

When it comes to decorating, just a few, inexpensive pieces go a long way. For instance, our dining table centerpiece is decorated with a pumpkin teapot from Homegoods, a Fall candle from Target, and a hand towel. The teapot looks expensive, but Homegoods has a really affordable houseware collection for almost every occasion.

And you can’t go wrong with the Target Bullseye Spot (AKA the dollar section). They have the cutest home decor throughout the year and most items cost $5 and under! The “Hello Fall” banner cost $3 and this is the third year I’ve used it. Most of our holiday decorations come from the Target Bullseye Spot and the quality is great for the low price.

Our bar cart is also decorated with items from Target, as well as the 99 Cents Store. I’ve found the 99 Cents Store to be hit or miss, depending on your design style. But it’s worth checking out! We got these plastic pumpkins last year and I love the rustic vibe they give our bar cart.

Hand towels are an easy way to add Fall vibes to your kitchen and Homegoods has so many options this time of year. Most of their hand towels are sold in sets of two for under $10.

When it comes to shopping for Fall candles, I highly recommend downloading the Bath & Body Works app or signing up for their promotional emails. Their 3 wick candles typically retail for $24.50, but the store almost always has a sale on their candles. They frequently offer 20% off coupons, so you can bring the cost of a candle down to $10 very easily if you shop at the right time. I love these candles because they last a while and their scent is strong. There’s a huge variety in scents too, so you’re sure to find the right candle to add Fall warmth to your home.

The Target Bullseye Spot sells mini pumpkins, in ceramic and plastic in a variety of colors, for just $1. I love to stock up on these because they’re an easy way to spruce up shelves and tabletops around our living room. Bonus, they don’t take up much room in the storage bin when they’re packed away for the rest of the year. And they’ll last for many more holiday seasons in the future.

Of course, you can always decorate with real pumpkins! Trader Joe’s has a variety of mini pumpkins and gourds for under $5 and they last for a couple months as decorations. I love to stack them on our bookcases.

I hope you find these tips helpful when it comes to decorating your home for Fall. Of course, there is no shame in spending more money on decorations and I highly encourage it if you’re able. Just know that you don’t have to settle for no holiday decorations just because you’re living in a smaller space with a tight spending limit. The best piece of advice I can give is to shop around before making a purchase. And don’t be afraid to get creative! The more creative you get, the more fun you’ll have.

-Ciara

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