Yes sleeping can be frugal! Sure you can go out and buy a new mattress set and get some matching bedding to go with it. Go drop a few hundred on a frame while your there too! But lets face it, not everyone has that kind of money. Even if I had that kind of money I still wouldn't do that. I have 4 daughters and anything we spend would be that times four. Lets see.....be broke or save some money? Yeah I'm going to go with saving me money.
You can find bedding sets, single pieces, pillows, cases, drapes, sheets, lamps, rugs and just about anything you need for a room. Best part is that they are selling them for 50% or more less than retail stores. Don't be afraid to buy something ripped. These things are easily fixed. Just make sure you wash everything before you put it in your room. Better yet hang it to dry on the line. Nothing better than sheets/blankets on the line!
You can find anything you want in stores but be ready to pay the price. A new bedding set will set you back $50+ depending on the size of your bed. A simple changing your look project could end up costing you a few hundred dollars by the time your done. Check the clearance area and keep an eye on ad's in the paper. Sometimes you can find a better deal for the same item but online. Don't forget to do your research!
Have friends with kids? Maybe you can barter some work for a set they are giving away. Tell your friends/family your trying to freshen up your room and need a few things. When they go through their stuff you will be the first that comes to mind. Let it be known on social networks too! Someone always has a few sets around I swear.
Again someone is always refreshing their rooms or changing color schemes. Take advantage! Don't forget to look in the free section. Might find a piece that matches your set.
People leave things along the road side all the time. Just yesterday I picked up a 3 bin storage system for free. Would of cost me $15 if I bought it new. This will organize our girls barbie stuff great.
My recent problem was my twins mattresses are a little on the hard side. I don't have the money to buy new sets just because they are a little hard. Instead I kept my eyes open for foam pads for them. I found 2 of them pretty cheap at Target. I think I paid around $8 each for them. One foam pad adds so much comfort to the mattress. I found another one at Goodwill Outlet and only paid about $2 because you pay by the pound. Woot! I still have one more to find but until then we have used 2 mattress covers and a duvet comforter which no one was using. We put this all under her sheet and her mattress is a little more comfy and will get her by till I find another foam pad. All in all its still WAY cheaper than buying a new mattress. We did have to invest $99 on a new mattress for one of my girls. Hers completely went flat and springs were poking her. That $99 only bought us the mattress and not the box spring. Yikes!
Let's not forget that any flat sheet can be turned into drapes.
Wall art can be made by your children. Pictures out of magazines can be framed. Dollar Store sells cheap frames which can be spray painted.
Cans can be decorated with paper and turned into a pencil holder.
Instead of changing your whole room theme how about just moving your furniture around? Sometimes a little change makes you feel better.
By buying used you are bringing less plastic into your home. Less packaging you will have to figure out how to recycle or reuse. Most items in thrift shops have been washed several times and you are exposed less to toxins which companies spray on fabrics. Try to look for cotton options if you really want to avoid plastics. Most things now days are some form of plastic so look for older items that were made very well and with quality fabrics. Aways avoid anything from a smoking/pet soaked previous owner. No matter how many times you wash the item it will not go away.
Remember all these things next time your looking to redecorate any room in your house. All of these idea's can be applied to any room in your home. And don't forget to GET CREATIVE!!!
Need more ideas? Check out my fellow green bloggers and their amazing ideas!
Anna from Green Talk shows how you can save money on green fabrics by using remnants. Very cool!
Ronnie from Care2 shares 15 Ways to Reduce Your Stuff & Redecorate Your Home.
Charise from I Thought I Knew Mama with suggestions for finding eco-friendly and non-toxic furniture and home decor.
Now go get busy!