When I was four years old, I would obsessively count my money and sleep with my piggy bank. I like the security of having money. I’m cheap. I’m also incredibly poor right now which leads to the necessity of being cheap. Perhaps you would like to know how it is that I can say “which I already had on hand” in all of my decorating posts. Perhaps this annoys you and you’ve been thinking, how in the world does this girl have just the right spray paint, ribbon, scrapbook paper, doo-dad just conveniently on hand? I will tell you my secrets oh-annoyed-ones if you promise to tell me yours!
Ribbon: Bits of ribbon that can be reused in decorating are everywhere. When you receive gifts, save the ribbon. When you are at a wedding reception and there is ribbon galore, see if the bride would mind if you took some home. This may sound tacky, but typically the bride is more than happy to give away the decorations (especially if the reception has been “open bar” and you ask at the end of the night. 🙂 At a friend’s wedding, I scored more red ribbon than I knew what to do with. It was great! When you buy bath products, quilts, candles, etc., save the bit of ribbon that comes on the packaging. Chances are very good that you’ll be able to use it again.
Buttons: Save all the extra buttons that come with your clothes and are sewn on the inside of your garments. A little incentive for you: I was thrilled last Christmas when I found a gorgeous red velvet jacket on sale for $5! Problem was that it was missing some buttons. Not a big deal, I thought, I’ll just buy some. Come to find out that the buttons that I needed to match my jacket were going to cost $15! Lesson learned. If you are giving away some clothes that have fantastic buttons, save the buttons. If you need some great buttons and have the time, go to the thrift store. Chances are good you can find some hideous dress with fab buttons for less than you’d pay for the buttons alone at a fabric store.
The Dollar Store is a great place for floral crafts and for the unexpected. It’s a great place to peruse on a regular basis. The dollar section of Target is also a fantastic place to look for deals.