How to Furnish a Luxe Bedroom on a Little Budget

When it comes to adding or replacing furniture in your home, the price tags can be daunting. Quality pieces of furniture are not cheap, and careful planning and budgeting needs to take place during these types of projects.

While you may be drawn to the pricey furniture stores, you’re likely to be discouraged by the high cost of the items that they sell. However, that doesn’t mean that you should avoid those shops entirely. Take a look and learn which styles you like. You can take that inspiration with you when you shop for more affordable pieces for your new bedroom.

When you’re ready to totally change up your bedroom’s furniture and style, try some of these money-saving tips that are high on style and creativity, and low on price.

The Go-To Bed

While some might tend to focus on their bedding and linens when revamping a bedroom, the most important part is what lies beneath. Your mattress is crucial to your quality of sleep, and the purchase of a new one is a good investment. Experts say that a good mattress can last eight to 10 years, so when you buy a new one it is money well spent.

There are several types to consider in many different price ranges. Visit your local mattress store to get an idea of what’s available. However, you need not be shocked by the price tags. For instance, if you’re eyeing the pricey mattress with the adjustable firmness, it’s good to know that there are less expensive models available that offer the exact same features.

Get Thrifty

Thrift stores are great places to pick up a variety of furnishings for your bedroom. While not all of it will be in pristine condition picking up used pieces of furniture gives you the opportunity to refinish your finds to make them uniquely yours.

When choosing thrift store furniture that you’d like to refinish, there are a few things to keep in mind. Look for pieces in solid wood that display minimal cracks or chips. Solid wood furniture is easy to paint or stain, and you can fill in any minor holes or cracks with minimal fuss. Laminate furniture does not offer you the same luxury.

Thrift stores are also wonderful places to pick up quirky art or other decorative items.

DIY Not?

Even if you’ve never held a hammer or you can’t tell the difference between a saw and a drill, chances are that you could still build yourself something special for your bedroom. All you need are the materials and the tools, and an experienced friend to show you the basics.

Reclaimed wood is a hot item these days, and it can be found at specialty shops and recycling centers in almost every city in the United States. This type of wood has character and history, and, as it’s generally a few decades old, it has a patina and a finish that you’ll usually only find on pricey antiques.

Construct a headboard or a platform for your new mattress with this beautiful wood and watch your bedroom take shape. All you’ll need is a pattern that can be found online and the tools to do the job. Once the wood is cut, put together, and stained or painted you’ll have a showpiece that you can really take pride in.

Paint By Numbers

Perhaps the easiest and most dramatic way that you can change your bedroom is with paint. A new color totally transforms your room and gives you a brand new palette from which you can expand with other new decorative touches.

If you’re new to color, consider painting a simple accent wall to start. If you’ve already had experience with colorful walls, use this opportunity to try something new. Choose complementary colors and dress up your space with two or three different hues. Paint the trim or the molding in a contrasting color for even more drama. You can even try a funky pattern on the ceiling. Paint truly allows you to let your personality shine through while simultaneously drastically altering the look of your bedroom.

Furnishing or refurbishing a bedroom is a lot fun and it can be as pricey or as inexpensive as you want it to be. A little creativity goes a long way, as does some thrifty planning. Focus on one big purchase, like a good-quality mattress, then find resourceful ways to buy, build, or find the rest of the things that you need. Before you know it your brand new luxe bedroom will be your favorite room in the house.

Making Money from Hobbies

All of us have interests in life, be it watching football, stamp collecting, bird watching. Whatever it is, most of us find that it costs us money rather than earning from it. Having a season ticket to follow your football team for example can be an expensive business, taking a big chunk out of your earnings. However some hobbies can earn you money, making cakes being one that perhaps starts off as an interest and turns into something to supplement your income. Here are a few examples of hobbies that can be profit making rather than profit destroying.

Dog walking

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Many who have full time jobs and busy lives no longer have the time to walk their own dog, so have to pass that job onto somebody else. Dog walking is a pleasurable hobby for many so, if you love walking your dog, why not take a few more along with you, charging a reasonable amount and making some money out of it? It isn’t as easy as it sounds and you will need to have had suitable checks and insurance, but, if you love animals, this can be a rewarding and fun way of making a few extra pounds.

Start by walking for friends and neighbors, move onto trying to get in with an agency local to your area and ensure you have the relevant insurance and documentation.

Cake making

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Another particular interest which has grown out of all recognition is cake making. It is now a real art and, seemingly, the way a cake looks is just as important as how it tastes. If you enjoy baking cakes, enjoy the challenge of making it look stunning then why not make a little profit out of it too. Enroll in courses in your local area or find classes online. If you are to make a go of it at home there are certain food regulations and preparation rules which you will have to adhere to.

Poker

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Poker is another activity that can turn from hobby to career if you have the required dedication and the skills to make a success of it. Examples like Chris Moneymaker, the amateur player who notoriously won $2.5 Million in the 2003 WSOP and has since been playing professionally, showed the whole world that poker can be much more than a hobby if you are only dedicated enough.

To delve into the world of poker can be a rewarding experience, but poker is a game that requires much more than luck. Real skill is involved and those who excel at it have the necessary strategic thinking and emotional intelligence, which are vital in everyday life too. If you are planning to take things to the next level and want to give professional poker a go, the way you play poker can serve as a reliable indicator into how you will fare in business too. As in business, experience is vitally important, as is learning from your mistakes. If you keep your cool and don’t let your emotions lead you to making any rash decisions there is no reason why you shouldn’t be able to turn your hobby into a successful business.

Writing

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Many of us enjoy writing, whether articles, speeches or even books. If writing is a passion of yours, why not consider making some money out of it? Magazines and newspapers often employ freelance writers for particular tasks but, in recent years, with the explosion of the internet, there are now huge numbers of websites which also employ writers, again usually on a freelance basis. Again there are a vast number of courses to take to improve your skills though only go for reputable ones, perhaps through a journalism college if you have one nearby.

Coaching sports

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If you’re good at sports but not quite good enough to turn professional then coaching may be an option. Generally you will need qualifications for this, though if you start off just helping at a local club or association, this may not be necessary. To coach independently however you will need a minimum standard of coaching to lead to a sports-specific coaching qualification.

Save Money Automatically With Browser Add-Ons

I am not a coupon clipper, but I do like to save money before making a purchase. I recently bought tickets for a flight to and from Boston for a wedding. I checked prices regularly until prices dropped to what I was looking for, and bought. I didn’t spend too much time on it, just checked a few times a day for a week. I ended up saving over $200 (a mix of money and points earned from credit card rewards) by waiting for the price to drop, and spend well under an hour total searching, so it was well worth it to keep tabs on the prices.

Before I buy anything online, I always look for a discount. I just search the store name and the word ‘coupon’ to see what’s out there. I spend a minute, and if I can find something, then I just saved some money, and if I don’t see anything available, I go ahead and make the purchase. I’m looking for real savings, not a way to convince myself to buy.

Of course, technology again makes our lives easier. Now, there are two (and I’m sure there are others) browser add-ons that you can use to (nearly) automatically save money when checking out.

Honey

Instead of searching for a coupon code, the add-ons do all the work for you, and probably do it better. Before checking out, just click the honey button (next to where you would normally enter coupon codes) and honey looks at popular coupon code sites and goes through about 25 codes for you, one by one. It takes the one with the biggest savings for you, and voila! You’ve saved money (or not, if there’s nothing available, no harm done).

I did some testing with this and it found the same discounts I found myself, but with none of the effort. While it cycled through the codes, I went to another tab, and when I came back, it had the code entered for me. It was very easy:

Drawbacks: There were no drawbacks, but one time I found a better coupon code than it did. Maybe that was because it only tries 25 options and I had gone to the very bottom of the page to find mine, but the success rate was pretty good, I have no complaints about Honey and I highly recommend it.

Coupons at Checkout

Created by CouponFollow, Coupons at Checkout is similar to honey, but instead of cycling through the codes it can find, it highlights the promo code box and then presents a few codes for you to use. I tried it out at a few sites and it worked perfectly. Again, it didn’t find any special savings that I couldn’t find myself, but it took all of the hassle house of searching online and I had the best price within seconds.

Drawbacks: It takes a few extra moments to try the coupon code, but overall it’s a big time saver. Since there are only a few options, I was worried that maybe there were obscure coupons out there that it didn’t know about, but in my limited testing, it did seem to give the best price available.

Test Them For Yourself

You don’t need to rely solely on these add-ons yet. Just give them a chance and see how they compare to your current system, and if it consistently beats what you can find, make the switch. You’ll save a little time and you’ll know you’re getting the best discount possible, without any of the work. That’s about as automatic as it gets. These add-ons make the great experience of online shopping even better!