Just like anyone else, I love to save money. If something is on sale, I’m happy. So when I started the room redo, I had my eyes open for “savings”. I wish I were a great couponer. I do use coupons, and I would say I’m great at online coupon/deal finding, but in stores I’m not as good yet. But you always have to be working on improving something, right? 😉
I thought I would write up a quick little post detailing a few ways I was able to save and redo my room on the budget I set.
First up – paint. I had seen Benjamin Moore Harbor Gray/Silver Chain mentioned all over Pinterest when I was searching for a nice neutral gray, but BM paint is really expensive – and according to Consumer Reports, it’s not rated any better than others. So when I saw Behr was on sale and they could color match to the BM color, … that made me happy, and I am super happy with the color it turned out.
Next, the items I got from Amazon (the dark bins, the gray velvet hangers, the cedar flowers, the desk), all but a little bit of it (I think about all but $20) was paid for by redeeming SB points from Swagbucks. I talk about them a lot on my Facebook page, but they have helped tremendously – if you are a blogger, I highly recommend their Influencer program. Something always seems to come up that I want to redeem my points for, but I’m hoping to save up for a computer (maybe even a Mac) for when my current one finally goes kaput.
Also paid mostly for from Swagbucks was the Sauder bookcase! It was on a great sale, and then with the gift cards I believe what I actually paid was $47.
Another site I use quite a bit when I was buying things online for my room redo, and use in general whenever shopping for anything online, is Ebates. No, it’s not a lot, but getting any money back for free is always a good thing in my book, plus it adds up eventually. Also, if you join from my link, you’ll get $10 just for using it. Plus you can enter to win a 2016 Toyota Highlander Hybrid (and they also have a great blogger program).
And finally, something else I saved on for my room was the nautical-inspired rattan table lamp with linen shade. I was able to get that through a program called Vipon. It is free to join (just like all the others have been), and you are able to request items from Amazon at a reduced price – if you love them, you are free to leave a review on Amazon, but you’re not required to do so. The lamp is so high quality, and it was only $4.80 or something like that.
Now for the surprise…..
I, along with a few other bloggers, will be hosting a “12 Days of Christmas” Giveaway – there will be various giveaways over the next 12 days, starting tomorrow. Each giveaway will last 1 week from the day it’s posted, with the last one ending on Christmas day. 🙂 You seriously will NOT want to miss these!! There will be health/food/fitness/beauty and more. Psst – tomorrow’s giveaway will be a gorgeous beauty item you will love for yourself or for a Christmas gift!