These money-saving tactics will help you give any room in your house a simple upgrade — on a dime.
Save 50% on kitchenware.
Need to replace pots, pans or dishware that’s gotten worn out from all the cooking you’ve been doing? Head to Target, which offers its own line of kitchen essentials, Made by Design, for about 50 percent less than you’d pay for similar items produced by brand-name manufacturers. For example, stainless steel cookware starts at $15 and glass dinner plates at $3 each. Also smart: Visit Bed Bath & Beyond, which is launching 10 new high-quality private-brand labels, which includes kitchenware, that are priced far less than you’d pay for name brands.
Spend 60% less for the softest sheets.
If you’ve dreamed of sleeping on luxurious sheets, you may know to head to off-price home furnishing stores, such as HomeGoods, for a bargain on bedding. But don’t stop there! Other off-price retailers that are known for their low prices on clothing, such as Burlington, Marshalls, Ross and TJ Maxx, also offer a wide selection of deeply discounted sheets from well-known brands. At TJ Maxx, you’ll find Patina Vie queen-size sheet sets for $34.99 and Ugg queen-size sheet sets for $39.99 — 60 percent less than you’d pay at other stores.
Pay 50% less for paint.
A fresh coat of paint on your walls instantly perks up your home. But with the average room needing at least two to three gallons for full coverage, the cost can add up quickly. Fortunately, you can keep spending down without sacrificing quality by heading to Home Depot for Glidden Premium ($18.98 per gallon) for a flat or matte finish, Behr Premium Plus Ultra Pure Satin Enamel ($30.98 per gallon) for a satin finish or Behr Premium Plus Ultra Semi-Gloss Enamel ($37.98) for a semi-gloss finish. In a comparison test of interior paints, all shared top marks for quality with paints that cost 37 percent to 50 percent more.
Save 58% on furniture.
Sure, Ikea is famous for its low prices on furniture. But what if you don’t feel like lugging heavy boxes home, Ikea doesn’t offer delivery in your area or you want to avoid paying a hefty delivery fee? You can still save a bundle on sofas, ottomans, coffee tables and other living room pieces by shopping online. In fact, a recent survey found that virtual shoppers spend 58 percent less on furniture than in-store shoppers. The reason? There’s a much larger selection, which means more lower-priced options. And it’s far easier to compare prices on websites than to drive from store to store. Tip: To save the most cash, visit Amazon.com, OfficeDepot.com and Walmart.com, which have the lowest prices on furniture along with free delivery for most items.
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