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How to Stretch Your Décor Dollar

Anyone who has tried it knows that interior decorating is not cheap and that innovative ways to save money on décor can add up fast. There are lots of different ways to save money and we’re going to go over a few – and yes, it may surprise you that shopping with us is not first on the list! <strong>Be Flexible</strong> You probably have a vision of your perfect design scheme and there’s nothing wrong with that, but you’ll realize your dream a lot faster if you’re willing to be flexible with it. Very often the perfect bargain is not made between you and a retailer, but between you and your space. BONUS: When you explore alternatives to your décor scheme you may find combinations, colors and décor you hadn’t thought of before. <strong>Be Handy</strong> We’ve provided a <a title="Best DIY Book List Ever" href="http://www.atgstores.com/ourblog/best-diy-book-list-ever/" target="_blank">list of great DIY books</a> in another blog post and one of these can be your best friend. They are a source for ideas as much as they are a reference guide and taking tips from them will save you a lot of money. BONUS: DIY can open you up to a whole new world of great finds as you begin to explore the stores and websites that will help you with your projects. <strong>Be Thrifty</strong> Yes, it definitely pays to <a title="ATGStores.com Coupon Page" href="http://www.atgstores.com/store/coupon.aspx" target="_blank">check our coupon page</a> (shameless plug!), but it also helps to know all your local thrifting hotspots. Consignment shops, Goodwill and used furniture stores are all great places to poke around for deals. BONUS: You just don’t know what you’ll find, because they don’t know what people are going to drop off. That’s the beauty of thrifting. <strong>Be Efficient</strong> “Functional art” is more than a hipster coffeehouse conversation topic; it’s a way for you to save money by investing in beautiful things that also serve a purpose. <a title="Furniture" href="http://www.atgstores.com/Furniture/?linkloc=tn" target="_blank">Furniture</a>, <a title="Lighting" href="http://www.atgstores.com/Lighting/?linkloc=tn" target="_blank">lighting</a> and even <a title="Decor" href="http://www.atgstores.com/Decor/?linkloc=tn" target="_blank">décor</a> can amount to more than meets the eye – if you have an eye for what works. BONUS: Some examples include <a title="Lamps" href="http://www.atgstores.com/lamps_869.html?linkloc=tn" target="_blank">lamps</a> with lots of flair, warm-colored throws on cold days and furniture that works as well as it looks. <strong>Be Creative  </strong> It takes being handy to turn an old silk shirt into a lampshade; it takes being creative to cook up the idea to do it. It’s a fact that most found objects are just a few steps away from a new life and purpose with a little creative mojo. BONUS: If you think you’re not the creative type, never fear – there are about 3 billion people on the Internet who do, and a few of them may be on to something. We hope these tips help you become a better deal spotter!
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