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5 tips on how to decorate a nursery on a budget

By DealPro(view all posts by iamthatlady)
at 10:00AM Tuesday April 23, 2013
under Money Saving Tips

Now that you are pregnant you are probably dreaming of decorating your new baby's room, but then realize that it could cost you a fortune. There are so many pieces of furniture to consider, bedding, accessories and more!

Here are 5 tips on how to decorate a baby room on a budget:

1. Paint the room a neutral color if you plan on using it for another purpose in the future. My husband and I had planned for this bedroom to be my office, but when we found out we were expecting we realized it would have to be a nursery. We plan on having our 2 girls share a bedroom when they are older, so it only made sense to paint it one time. We chose a neutral color, that way when it becomes an office we don't have to repaint.

2. Use stick on wall decals instead of painting murals. These are new to me, this is the first time I have used them in a room before.. Since we are planning on having our girls share a bedroom, these can easily be taken off the walls and put up in their new bedroom. Then I don't have to paint the bedroom again.

3. Buy certain items from Craigslist or consignment sales. I purchased this crib from Craigslist for only $100, it came unassembled and even missing a few screws. My husband was able to find the missing screws at Lowe's for only $3. If purchasing baby equipment from Craigslist, I recommend doing your research and making sure the item that you are purchasing has not been recalled. This crib was practically brand new, and for 1/3 of the price!

4. When carpeting a small space, look at remnant carpeting sales. We went to a carpet store that specialized in Remnant carpet. You can choose from their remnants, which sometimes are WAY cheaper than installing an in-stock carpet at their store. We choose a higher quality grade of carpet that we wouldn't have normally chosen, because it was a cheaper price and there were no hidden fees. You have to watch out for those large box stores like Lowe's and Home Depot, they will charge you for for small things like tack strips that can send you over your budget. We were going to have Lowe's come and give us an estimate, but they wouldn't even do that until we paid them $39 to come over and measure the room.

5. Skip the changing table.
Our nursery is very small, we did not have room for a separate changing table, so I am hunting down a changing table pad that I can stick on top of her dresser. I have found that I don't use the changing table as much as I thought I would, so going without it has been an easy switch for me. Changing tables can cost almost as much as the crib, so skipping this option is definitely a frugal idea.

Lauren Greutman is a wife and mom of 3 kids. Once in $40,000 worth of debt they had to make some drastic changes to their life. They learned how to cut out most expenses, coupon, and live without. Now they are debt free and she shares her tips on her website iamthatlady.com. She is also a Savings.com DealPro and teaches Savings Coupon workshops that help people learn how to save up to 50% off their grocery bill.

(Source: Savings.com)