Updated: Nov 1, 2021
Tips for shopping on a budget:
Add a pop of color with a painted or wall-papered accent wall, you can DIY instead of hiring out to paint large areas.
If you have the time, comparison shop. Wait for a deal! On any given day, Amazon, Wayfair, overstock, Michaels etc will fluctuate their prices or have a sale. Also, wait for those 20% off one item coupons for stores to get that one big ticket item.
shop budget friendly items for decor that won't be touched much like clocks, picture frames etc.
use faux fur items for texture (you can throw them in the wash and then brush them back out)
reuse any solid furniture you have; buying a new $3,000 set isn't always in the cards and a good wash with new throw pillows and snuggly throw blanket can make your furniture look brand new.
Rearranging your furniture can give a whole new feeling to your space... and its Free!!!
new light fixtures are less expensive than you think, and if you know someone who can install them for free or cheap its even better!
Throw pillows aren't just for looks, sometimes less expensive furniture is less comfortable too. Throw pillows will help combat that extra $$$ you don't have in your budget
if you aren't grossed out by it: shop thrift stores! They have some really cool items for really cheap; you can get really mismatched dishes for decor, vases, art ( or good frames for new art).