We are only 1 week away from Christmas! Today is Day 9 of our 12 Days of Giving!
If you would like to decorate your child's room or even a playroom, we've got something that will make you and your child smile. Thanks to our merchant partners over at Roommates, one of our lucky readers will win 2 decal packs.
The first decal is Scroll Tree Branch Wall Decals (priced at $14.49). The pack includes a large branch, patterned leaves and some friendly forest friends. This would be an adorable accent to any room.
Are you in the midst of Fall decorating? It's a great feeling to walk around the neighborhood and see that my neighbors have either begun to decorate their front yards or in the process of doing so.
Not only do I like the pumpkins sitting along the front porch, but I love the wreaths showcased on the main doors of their homes. Something about those autumn wreaths made of golden bearded wheat, yellow lonas, and golden strawflowers puts me in the mood for Fall.
Fall decorating doesn't have to be expensive and in fact you can save money by doing DIY projects to give your home an affordable face-lift for the season. If you are short on ideas or need more inspiration, this week our DealPros have some really cool projects that will keep you busy and give your home that seasonal touch. So roll up your sleeves, grab a pair of scissors, and get ready to make some masterpieces!
Hope you had a fantastic Labor Day weekend! Did you go on a mini-vacation or score some deals during the big weekend sales? I for one, went on a trip to Palm Springs. All I did was relax. My phone was off, never turned on my laptop and my brain was on vacation (this has never happened to me before).
Whether you went on short trip to the desert or simply got to sleep in for the first time, I'm sure the time off was spent nicely. Our DealPros had an eventful week as well. Everything from saving up to 50% on a vacation to discovering a garage sale that set up a "grocery store" with their stockpile (yikes!).
Saving money on a vacation
How do you save money on a vacation? Recently, Lauren of IamTHATLady went on her family vacation to North Carolina and she made an impromptu video on How to Save Money on Vacations. Watch her video to see how she was able to rent an entire beach house on the beach for a reasonable price.
On my trip to Palm Springs, we took advantage of my husband's hotel benefits because of his employment, and we ended up saving over 80% on a very nice suite. This let us splurge on the dining aspect of our trip which came out to be more than our hotel stay.
There are some people who hate change and some people who love change. I happen to be one of those people that loves change. I'd rearrange my furniture every month and redecorate every year if my budget would allow for it. Unfortunately, it doesn't.
This is my favorite time of year! December is a busy month full of time spent with family and friends. People go out of their way to spread a little extra holiday cheer. And homes are decorated beautifully. There are so many beautiful trees and lights.
And while some people are sad to see Christmas end, I'm always excited about the thought of the new year. 2012 is just around the corner. It's a time for fresh beginnings and new starts! It's a time to turn your dreams into realities.
This week, my husband and I will sit down and create our budget for 2012. We'll assess 2011, figure out what worked, what didn't work, and what we can do better. One of the items that is now a must in our budget is our home decor/home improvement budget.
This is one of the areas that people often overlook in their budget, especially when they have limited funds. Amazingly enough, it's one of those areas where a little money can go a long way. By setting aside a little money each month, you can transform your home into a place you love to be.
Here are some great ways to make your home look a little fresher without spending a ton of money.