Strategies for Saving Money on Purchases for the Home

I love a good deal and of course, saving money!  So much so that I would even venture to say that roughly 80% of all of the furnishings in my home had some sort of cost savings associated at the time of purchase.  Today I wanted to share some of my favorite cost savings strategies with you all, because regardless of whether or not you can afford the full price of an item, why spend more than you have to?  

Coupon Websites

Before I make any purchase online, I always check coupon websites for any store discounts/coupon codes or sales.  These sites are designed to provide users with all of the latest information on store deals and any coupon codes that are currently being accepted by that store.  Two of my favorite coupon websites are and  Before you make your next online purchase, I highly recommend checking these sites to see if you can obtain any additional savings.  It takes only a few moments to do and you might be pleasantly surprised by the savings benefits.  


For brides-to-be: When registering for wedding gifts it is very important to read about the store's registry benefits program (here are a few examples- Williams Sonoma, Bloomingdales, Macy's).  When applicable, I would highly recommend organizing your registry(-ies) based on where you will receive the most benefits for those items you plan on registering for.  For example, if you plan on registering for Riedel Crystal, register for all of your Riedel pieces at the store that provides a Riedel registry benefit.  That way you are not only registering for items you want, but also positioning yourself to qualify for the Riedel Bonus Registry Gifts.  It sounds so silly, but I cannot tell you how many perks I received when I got married just from organizing my registries accordingly.  I received a sizable array of additional home goods that I would not have otherwise had the opportunity or budget to obtain.  

In addition to organizing your registries based on the additional product brand benefits, don't forget that as a registrant you will receive a store discount for up to 6 months after your wedding on most store items.  My advice, take advantage of this opportunity to save a little extra money while furnishing your new home with your spouse. 

Sign up for E-Mails/Become a Member

I used to abhor receiving mass solicitation emails from retail stores.  Who wants to have their inbox filled with junk mail?  Well, I have certainly changed my tune over the past few years.  I no longer consider those emails junk, but rather free money!  Horchow is a great example - 20% off your first purchase just for signing up to receive their emails!  Even after you use the 20% coupon, you will still receive emails alerting you to their site-wide sales that typically involve taking 20-30% off everything in the store! (For example- Horchow is currently having a bedding sale, so my matelasse from this post has been reduced in price by almost half!

In addition, I also recommend becoming a member of a store's member rewards program. They are typically free to join and the benefits can be significant.  One of my favorite rewards programs would have to be the Bloomingdales Loyalists program.  Sign up to become a loyalist at no charge and you will receive regular discounts for store events, free shipping for online purchases and even cash back in the form of Bloomingdales gift cards! Because I always enter my loyalist member number when I make a purchase at Bloomingdales, I was recently able to buy a really high end pair of designer shoes for $35! So phenomenal and yes, true story. 

Check Magazines and Mail

Don't forget about the snail mail!  How many times have you received a Bed Bath & Beyond coupon for 20% off a single item in the mail and either tossed it?  Those coupons are free money!  Well you know what I mean, they are valuable and the money they can save you on your next purchase is money that you get to put right back into your pocket.  Vacuum cleaners, trash cans, bedding, etc… all expensive household items that you can easily get for 20% if you just save these coupons!

In addition, I know that most people read magazines for the content and then get rid of them.  The next time you are reading a magazine like say, Martha Stewart Living, peruse the ads carefully and you may be pleasantly surprised by a few discount codes to your favorite home furnishing stores.  

Wait for Sales

Patience can really pay off when it comes to store sales.  One of our most recent furniture purchases, the Mocha Vintage Velvet Living Room Chairs from RH, was a custom order (as is most furniture) and had a price tag to match (woof!).  My husband and I patiently waited for a sale opportunity to come along and lo and behold the opportunity finally arrived!  RH ran a promotion recently "$100 off every $500 spent"…when buying furniture, that can quickly amount to substantial savings.  My point being, while instant gratification may be tempting, if possible I would recommend holding off on ordering big furniture until a sale is announced.  Furniture is a major investment and every bit of savings helps!

While I am certainly not anywhere close to achieving "Extreme Couponer" status, I have learned a few tips and tricks over the years that have afforded me the ability to obtain great deals on some fabulous furnishings.

5 Ways to Prep Your House for Entertaining

While preparing to host my most recent dinner party, it occurred to me that my preparations went beyond the standard cooking and cleaning.  The devil is really in the details and I have realized that there are some additional steps necessary to ensure my parties run smoothly.  In this post I have put together a list of my 5 pre-party to-do's around my house that aren't obvious, but make a huge difference with the overall flow of your party and ease of entertaining.  

Clear your Coat Closet

Taking your guests coats and other outerwear accessories is the first step in welcoming them into your home.   The season doesn't matter, during summer and spring guests could still have some layer of outerwear, so its important to have a place to put their excess garments.  Before a party I will typically remove enough coats from my front coat closet to allow for the largest scenario of coat checks (ex. 5 guests = Space for 5 Coats).  I will also stock the closet with heavier coat hangers (all matching).  Good quality coat hangers will reduce the likelihood of damage occurring and it's a more aesthetically pleasing look. 

Pull up your Bathroom Rug/Mat

My house only has one bathroom, so by default that is the bathroom my guests use.  Since bathroom rugs are really meant for comfort when bathing, I pull up my mat to avoid having it soiled from foot traffic during my parties.  No one will be bathing during your party (hopefully), so there is no reason to keep the bathroom rug/mat on floor.

Add Guest Towels

More often then not, I will stock my bathroom sink with 2 freshly laundered hand towels for my guests to use.  On the occasion where I may be feeling like adding a pop of color or being a little festive, I will buy paper guest towels (like these).  

The one problem that I have encountered with using pretty paper guest towels is that guests are often too intimidated to use them because they look too nice.  Of course I want my guests to use the pretty paper guest towels (if I didn't want anyone to use them they wouldn't be out).  In an effort to take the pressure off of my guests,  I will go into the bathroom and use a guest towel before the party starts, so that there is a visible example present in my trashcan.  If guests can see that someone already used a guest towel, they will be more inclined to follow suit.   

Have the Ambiance Set

There are two aspects of party ambiance- candles and music.  Ten minutes before guests arrive I will turn on the music and light all of the candles.  For music, I have found one of the best options that requires little maintenance throughout the evening is Spotify.  I will select a station on Spotify through my phone and then enjoy continuous play throughout the evening.  For candle lighting, I like to keep a long multi-purpose lighter wand in both my living room and dining room for easy access.  In the event that one of my guests arrives early, I am ready to go.  

Empty the Trash and Dishwasher

Whether you're hosting a cocktail party or full on dinner party, I am always blown away by the pile of dishes and trash that accumulate by the end of the night.  Starting out your party with a full dishwasher and/or trash will lead to pile-ups on your countertops and other various disruptions (i.e. having to take out the trash or run the dishwasher).  If you make a point to have both the trash and dishwasher completely empty, you can clean as you go without creating disruptions or kitchen pile-ups during the party.  

While cooking and cleaning are certainly the most important areas of focus when preparing for a party, incorporating these 5 tips into your party prep checklist will certainly make your party less stressful and more enjoyable.