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If you’re more of a click-and-add-to-cart gal instead of a roll-up-my-sleeves and DIY gal, this post is for you. Here are 4 ways to save money decorating your home while shopping entirely online.
Decorating on a Budget
Whenever I read tips about how to save money decorating your home, the same two things are always mentioned. They are DIY (Do It Yourself) decor and thrifting.
Unfortunately, not all of us have the time or desire to embark on either one of these journeys to decorate our homes. And let’s be honest, sometimes DIY is not the cheaper route if you aren’t already stocked up with crafting supplies.
So, I figured I’d share ways I have found to save money decorating your home while shopping entirely online and never leaving my house.
Let’s get into it!
4 Ways To Save Money Decorating Your Home
1. Like New on Amazon
If you’re not into thrifting, “like new” is for you. Forget spending an entire morning driving from thrift shop to thrift shop only to come up empty.
Instead, shop “like new” items from the comfort of your own home on Amazon.
Any item listed as “Used – Like New” on Amazon is in perfect working condition and its original packaging is intact and in good condition. Although, it may be missing its original protective wrapping.
Essentially, these are items people returned without using them.
Hey, it happens. There are some items that look good online. The moment they arrive, someone decides it’s not for them.
The simple fact that they may have been opened and returned means you as the second buyer are in for a discount.
Buying “like new” items on Amazon is a fantastic way to save money decorating your home.
How To Find Like New Items on Amazon
To find “like-new” items, begin by searching the Amazon homepage as you normally would. Once you open up a product page the pricing will be found on the right-hand side.
Here you will see the “Buy New” price at the top. However, if you scroll down further you will often find the “Used – Like New” option below the option to buy new.
In this next example, you’ll see that I needed to take an additional step in order to find the “Used – Like New” version.
Here, Amazon was promoting the lowest “used” price below the “Buy New” option. Unfortunately, the condition of this mirror was “Used – Very Good”.
In order to find out if there is a “Used – Like New” option you’ll need to click the little box that says “New & Used (9) from $82.55 Prime FREE Deliver”.
Once I click that option, I see all 9 of the buying options, including a “Used – Like New” version sold from the Amazon Warehouse for $85.13.
While this price is a couple of dollars more than the “Very Good” version, it’s $20 cheaper than the “Buy New” price of $103.09!
How To Target “Like New” Items
Not every listing on Amazon will have a “Used – Like New” option available for purchase. However, if you zone in on the Best Sellers and the Amazon Choice products, you’re more likely to see this option.
Alternatively, you can search the Amazon Warehouse directly for used and open-box products.
2. Shop the Big Sales
Knowing when the big sales are happening is a key way to save money decorating your home. Excluding the Black Friday and Cyber Monday madness, there are 5 big sales to look out for during the year.
The first is Wayfair WAY DAY which happens in mid to late April. Overstock often has flash sales and other deals running during this time as well.
Then, there is Amazon Prime Day in mid-July. You will also see Walmart Deals for Days during this time as well.
The Overstock Anniversary Sale is in late September.
Amazon Prime Early Access Sale is in mid-October with a second Walmart Deals for Days sale competing right along with it.
3. Open Box Deals
Since 2020, the open-box resale market has become hot.
Because there was so much shipping and returns happening in lieu of in-store purchases during the pandemic, some stores have made resales a part of their regular website.
This has created a fantastic way to save money decorating your home.
My favorite is Wayfair Open Box Deals, but you can also find open box deals from their sister site Birch Lane.
Prior to stores facilitating their own resales, the only way to get returned or open box items at a discount was to buy them by the palette in auctions.
This is fine for resellers but doesn’t make much sense for you or me who is only looking to decorate on a budget.
Luckily, this direct resale market is opening up more and more. I won’t be surprised to see other big retailers like Target and Walmart jumping on the bandwagon.
It came quickly and far exceeded my expectations. I’ve since been on the lookout for more deals from Mercari sellers.
Items on this site are offered both new and used. There are also shipping and local pickup options available.
A word of caution though if you are searching for open-box and used items.
It pays to read the details and to look at photos and videos thoroughly. As they are often final sales.
Finding high-quality home decor on a budget can be a daunting task. But, with the help of open boxes, like new, and used items available through Amazon, eBay, Mercari, and Wayfair it’s easy to save money decorating your home.
Here are a few more posts you may like:
- 12 Useful Home Upgrades on a Budget
- How To Spot Cheap Home Decor
- 7 Affordable Home Decor Brands You Need To Know
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