Hints and Hacks

Hints & Hacks: Decorating on a Dime

Per my precious mama’s request, today’s post is about decorating, dressing, and gifting on a dime. Shopping on a budget definitely requires you to stick to a few key principles, such as creating a list of the items you want to purchase as well as bringing just the money you’re planning to spend, but with practice, you can save hundreds on the things you need in your daily life.

Take a look at some of our favorite places to shop and stay well within any budget below!


TJ Maxx

TJ Maxx is an awesome place to find unique gifts, pretty clothing options, and home decor you feel great about purchasing. Mom and I love TJ Maxx around the holidays, too, for the ability at many stores to do layaway for your purchases so you can keep them out of the sight of the folks you’re gifting. Shop TJ Maxx for trendy clothing items, classic shoe brands (such as Coach, Kate Spade, and Juicy Couture), pretty pots for your patio, and beauty products you don’t want to pay full price for (Shiseido and Philosophy, anyone?).



The wonderful little sister of TJ Maxx, Marshalls is an awesome choice for clothing, decor, baby items, and more. I do find that Marshalls has more in the way of luggage, athletic wear, lingerie, pajamas, bags, and shoes, so if you’re hunting for those items, give it a try!


Home Goods

There are few places on this planet I love as much as Home Goods. Home Goods is excellent for both trendy items and classic pieces, and you can save a lot on pieces of furniture there. You can easily outfit any room in your house with any decor you dream of. I love the wall art selection, kitchen goods, decorative accents (agate bookends, faux-fur throws, and plush pillows, to be exact), and lamps available at Home Goods – if you’re redecorating, you must take a look there before you buy a single item elsewhere!



If you’re looking to score brand names, luxe items, or gorgeous gifts, SteinMart is the place for you. With deep discounts and fabulous items, such as cashmere sweaters and Michael Kors clothing, SteinMart is a great place to find those unique pieces you need to update your wardrobe. SteinMart is also wonderful for home decor – especially if you’re looking to upgrade your bedroom.



Kirkland’s is a wonderful place if you’re looking for a few trendy home decor pieces. With everything from mirrored accent tables to floor lamps to vanities to outdoor decor, you’ll love hitting up Kirkland’s whenever your home needs an update.



Certainly hit-or-miss, Goodwill is a wonderful place to find pieces of clothing (Polo or Lacoste, anyone?), incredibly discounted items (such as Target clothing, shoes, and accessories), and pieces of furniture you can make your own. My mama is the GW queen: she recently found a pretty but oddly-shaped plate rack, and she painted it to use as a towel rack for her gorgeous rolled towels in her powder room. The whole project cost her maybe $3.00!

How do you decorate on a dime?

5 thoughts on “Hints & Hacks: Decorating on a Dime

  1. I especially love HomeGoods, and I’ve definitely found some amazing things at Goodwill, like brand new dining room chairs. I also stay on budget by DIY-ing when I can and looking at clearance or floor samples for bigger items at more expensive places like West Elm. You also have to know what you’re willing to splurge a little more on – for example, a cheap rug may only last 6 months, and spending a little more might get 5-10 years out of it instead. Bottom line for me: always ask if it’s worth the money and only buy what you absolutely love.
    Thanks for the tips!

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