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How To Save At Home: The 5 Items You Don’t Need To Splurge On

When furnishing your home, it might feel like it’s hard to get a break budget-wise. But if you want to spend your money smarter, you need to know the home items you don’t need to splurge on. And today, we’re showing you the 5 everyday pieces that you should be saving on (while still creating a very stylish space, of course). 

Some items in your home are definitely worth investing in. But for other pieces that get a lot of use (or might be a bit trendier), it makes a lot more sense to shop affordable instead. So we’re spilling all the best items that you shouldn’t be spending big bucks for (in every room of your home).


Keep scrolling to learn the 5 everyday home items you can save on – and shop some of our budget-friendly favorites.



And don’t miss these posts for even more budget home tips: 5 Easy Ways To Elevate Your Bathroom (All For Under $40) and 4 (Totally Free) Tips To Get Clutter Under Control.


Photo: Amy Bartlam

Bath Towels

Between drying you off daily and getting a weekly spin through the washer and dryer, bath towels get a whole lot of use (and abuse). So consider going budget-friendly for this everyday essential. A classic white cotton option is always in style (and won’t set you back more than a few bucks per towel). Also, consider stocking up on set to save even more – and always have a fresh towel on hand.



If you prefer a plush feel, terry cotton is one of the fluffier and more absorbent weaves. For something quick-drying, opt for a ribbed weave that allows fibers to air out faster.






Drinking Glasses

Even the steadiest of hands can end up breaking a glass (or two, or three) from time to time. So for your most commonly used glassware, don’t go for something super pricey – or overly precious – that you’ll end up having to replace. Instead, stick to something simple that works well, and you can save on by purchasing in a set. And if you want to keep your cupboard from looking too cookie-cutter, you can always bring in more personality through unique cocktail or wine glasses.



Don’t have much storage space in your kitchen? Choosing stackable glasses is a great way to maximize a compact cabinet.




Photo: Amy Bartlam

Decorative Pillows

Pillows are one of those items that can really add the finishing touch to a room. But it doesn’t always add up to go for pricier pillows   – especially if they might end up fading in the sun, getting stained, or being used as a perch for your pets. Luckily, there’s an abundance of affordable pillows on the market – that are also a lot easier to swap out should you want to give a room a quick update.



Instead of purchasing a new pillow and insert, you can save money by just buying the cover – and using your existing insert instead.



A bookcase or tabletop just isn’t quite complete without the right accessories. And the right way to shop for accessories? Seek out the affordable first and foremost. From vases to baskets, artwork to decorative objects, it’s smarter to outfit any surface with budget-friendly finds. And shopping for pieces that are versatile enough to work in multiple spots in your space is also a move that can save you money in the long run.


 Yard sales, vintage shops, or thrift stores are all great places to score interesting (and one-of-a-kind) accessories – at totally accessible prices.

Photo: Jeanne Canto
Design: Calimia Home

Plants & Pots

The right potted plant can make almost any room look (and feel) a whole lot better. But you don’t have to spend big bucks to outfit your home with a bit of greenery. Any indoor plant from your local home improvement store will do just as well as an expensive option from a nursery (with the proper care, of course). And opting for simple pots  – like a classic terracotta –  is an inexpensive way to make any plant really look its best.



A larger tree, like a fiddle leaf fig, rubber, or ficus, is a great way to fill an empty corner of a room and add some height.