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Creating a Cozy Fall Home on a Budget

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As the leaves change colors and the air turns crisp, there's nothing quite like the feeling of snuggling up in your cozy fall home. Achieving that warm and inviting atmosphere can sometimes feel daunting - especially if you're on a budget and not the best at home décor (like me!). But how can you find the best fall-related items that are affordable to create that dream space to relax in? In this blog post, we'll explore some must-have items and money-saving tips to make your home feel like a haven this autumn.

Must Have Items

Warm textiles and layering - Layering is key to creating a cozy atmosphere. Add plush throws, knit blankets, and soft area rugs to bring warmth and comfort to your living spaces. Warm toned placemats, table runner, and hand towels add a perfect touch to bathrooms, kitchens, and dining rooms.

Fall inspired scents - Incorporate seasonal scents like cinnamon, vanilla, or apple into your home with scented candles or essential oil diffusers. These aromas can evoke the feeling of fall and make your space more inviting. Some people prefer making simmer pots, and a mini crock pot is a perfect alternative to the stovetop for these!

Mood lighting - Incorporate natural elements like acorns, pinecones, and leaves into your decor. Fill glass jars with these items for an inexpensive and seasonal centerpiece. String lights, fairy lights, and salt lamps provide a warm and airy feel.

Foliage - Hang a fall wreath on your front door to welcome the season. You can even make your own with faux leaves, berries, and a little creativity. Switch up table centerpieces to incorporate acorns, pinecones, and orange, red, and yellow leaves. Hang vines over doorways and place branches on mantels.

Money Saving Tips

Shop Secondhand - Thrift stores, garage sales at the end of summer, and online marketplaces are great ways to find gently used home decor at a fraction of the price. Blankets, pillows, and small furniture pieces can add warmth and character to your space without breaking the bank. Not to mention that thrift stores often have very unique and vintage knick-knacks that you won't find anywhere else.

DIY - Don't be afraid to get a little crafty and make your own decor! Seasonal wreaths, painted pumpkins, or even candle making are easy DIY projects that not only save money but add a personal touch to your coziness. The Dollar Store is a great place to find supplies and craft ideas, from painted pinecones to handcrafted wreaths and candleholders.

Repurpose and Reuse - Don't discount what you already have on hand! an old ladder can become a rustic bookshelf, mason jars can make great candles or fairy light lamps. Even just swapping out a brightly colored blanket for a darker shade in the living room can help transform your fun summer space into a cozy fall one.

Dupes - Shop at discount stores, such as TJ Maxx, Ross, and HomeGoods. Amazon is a great place to find similar items at a lower price. TEMU is also a great place to find items for super cheap, as it cuts out the middle man and you're able to purchase the items directly from the manufacturers.

Cash Back Apps - Programs such as Rakuten, Ibotta, Capitol One Shopping, and Honey can help you earn cash back on purchases. Once you reach a certain amount in your account, you can cash out your total rebates for money in your pocket! A lot of stores also have loyalty programs that you can sign up for that will give you coupons and special discounts.

Creating a cozy fall home on a budget is not only possible but also incredibly fun! With thrifty shopping, a touch of creativity, and the right resources, you can transform your space into the right balance between comfort, aesthetics, and your budget. Embrace the vibrant colors, the tastes and smells of the season, and let your wallet thank you. Cozy up with a warm beverage and a good book or host all the fall festivities in your affordably curated fall space!



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