Being on a budget means I have to carefully plan out our meals and only make purchases for things that the family needs. When it comes to tending to household repairs or maintenance updates it’s only for those things that are a must. In other words, nothing will get fixed or repaired unless it’s an absolute must.
So when it was time to update my bedroom with a fresh coat of paint, new bedding, and window fixtures, I knew there wasn’t money in the budget for it. I had to be smart in how I was going to come up with the money for this project. It took me three months but I recycled our change and when I cashed it out, it was enough to give my room the make-over it so badly needed.
How It All Started
I have been recycling change for some time now but I was only filling up a 46 fluid-ounce jar and I would end up with about $50-$60, some mad money I would use to treat myself to a mani/pedi or a mini shopping spree.
One day I was telling my sweetie what my plans were for our bedroom and told him how I intended to come up with the money. He either felt sorry for me or it motivated him but he also contributed and started to throw in his change as well.
Every day we would empty out our wallets and put our change and one-dollar bills in a one-gallon jar (the big pickle jar we can buy at a bulk store). Doing things like when I’d go to McDonald’s for my large coke, I’d pay with $2.00 and get .93 cents back starts to add up quick.
And oh my goodness was it tempting to dip into it. A little voice would say “Girl why don’t you cash it out and go shopping.” “Your bedroom isn’t that bad.” “You can recycle your change again and do it next time.”
But as time went by I started to see the jar filling up and I became proud of myself for being dedicated and disciplined.
My Purchases and A Sweet Surprise
I was also motivated to be smart with my purchases. I shopped around for the best prices on paint, window fixtures and I took forever to find the right bedding at the right price. Here’s what I bought:
At Lowe’s I bought three mini blinds at $25.46 each. These were on sale from $31.96. I also bought a ceiling fan for $74.99. At Kohl’s I bought a set of curtains at $49.99 but with my 20 Kohl’s cash, I paid $29.99. At Target I bought the curtain rods at regular price for $39.99.
I shopped around for paint and the best price I found was at Walmart. It was by accident that I got the off brand because I left before I saw what paint the clerk picked out. It actually turned out okay. The brand was Color Place and at $11.47 per gallon, it did the job. I bought some art deco on sale at $24.88.
The sweet surprise? Well, the bedding I chose was $69.97 but the clerk did not scan it right and I ended up getting it for FREE! Score one for the little guys, LOL. In all, I spent about $280.00 for everything and I have a little money left over to put toward my next room make-over project!
Over To You
So what are you doing with your spare change? What are some creative ways you’ve saved money for the sake of staying within your means?
Corina is a work-from-home mom rolling with the punches while trying to balance a family and an online business. She is dealing with teens, grey hair, and wrinkles all at the same time! She recently launched a new blog known as Not Now Mom's Busy which talks about teen issues, juggling family life with work life, living on a budget, and so much more.