The growing popularity of resale stores and websites like Pinterest have made it easier to formulate economical and artistic ways of sprucing up your home’s lighting. However, they can also confuse you with a flood of images and design ideas available around you. If you’re looking for a simple way to reinvent your home’s lighting, you’ve come to the right place. How about some actionable tips to improve your home’s lighting without denting your pockets?
Different areas in your home require different lighting. So, don’t make the mistake of the “uniform-lighting” approach, like other homeowners. Prioritising and organising your lighting will allow you to utilise the resources smartly. Focus on the basics – every room should have three lighting layers (accent, task and ambient). Browse Pinterest for creative design ideas and implement the same in your rooms.
Do Away With The Incandescent Lights
If you’re still using incandescent lights and hoping to cut your energy costs, we would suggest reconsidering your options. Incandescent lights waste more than ninety-percent of their energy in emitting the heat and also make the room warm, which can increase your AC usage, sky-rocketing your electricity bills.
When you’re on a tight budget, buying groceries is one of the very last things you want to do. And while you can work your way around a lot of the things on your monthly shopping list, there is unfortunately no way to get around the fact that you need to feed yourself and your family. While you may not think you’re spending a lot, your food bill could kill your budget in seconds if you’re not careful!
But, there are some simple sure fire ways to keep your food bill down and still eat like royalty (well not royalty, but king of your castle at least!)
When you’re shopping for, or about to spend money on anything there is very probably a coupon SOMEWHERE that will help you cut down on your overall bill. If you’re shopping online, you’ll most likely find free shipping coupons for most stores. If you’re shopping in-store you could find percentage or dollar off coupons on specific products, departments or your whole bill. Either way, you’ll be amazed at how much you save! It’s also a good idea to use coupons on your other purchases not involving groceries, which leaves you with surplus – there are some pretty useful Target promos available now, so make sure to check them out.
If you’re hoping to be more financially responsible in 2016, you may be searching for ways to lower your budget, as well as stick to it, throughout the coming year.
Thankfully, there are many methods you can follow to do just that and put more money aside in savings if you need to.
Check these out…
1. Start Saving Energy Around the House
From making it a point to use less water and simply turning off the light when you leave a room, there are plenty of easy ways to save money on your energy bill at home. Start by replacing light bulbs to LEDs that are the most energy efficient option out there. If you have the money to install a programmable thermostat, you can do so as well, as this will help you maintain the optimal temperature at all times, even when you aren’t home. And seal up any gaps throughout your home so you can reduce the amount of cold or hot air that enters and forces your thermostat to work harder.
These days, I’m almost finished with the redecorating of our Master Bedroom. (I can’t wait to show it to you!) And while I’m almost finished with that, it’s starting to dawn on me that I need to get to work in our Master BATHROOM design. Mercy. I know for sure that new light fixtures are needed. Although I’d love to change out the vanity and add glass doors to the shower…I think those things will have to come later. In fact, if I make a list of the DREAM Master Bathroom, I think LOTS of my ideas will have to come later! HA! (Along with some skip bins to put all the OLD and outdated junk into! Mercy – it’s gonna be a task!)
So when Tim from JVPartnersNow contacted me to see if I was interesting in learning about budgeting when it came to bathrooms…I was all about it! Let’s see what he can teach us today…
interior hand drawn perspetive of an apartment bathroom
There are a couple reasons why remodeling your bathroom is a good idea. The first is obviously to make your family more comfortable. The second is that having an updated or better looking bathroom can make your home more appealing when it comes time to sell it. However, if you have a tight budget, you might think that a bathroom remodel is out of the question. After all, it would cost $10,000 to $20,000 to do, right?
That isn’t necessarily the case, especially if you or anyone you know has experience with construction and plumbing. If you can do the work yourselves, you will save tons of money. Of course, you can also save money by choosing your remodeling changes wisely. Here are 7 fantastic ideas to get you started.