Nursery Decorating: Fun on a Budget!

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Having a baby is exciting news, but having to spend tons of money is not so fun. Sure, it would be great to get carried away. After all, there is that cute baby clothing store you have been dying to set foot in or that beautiful quilt that caught your eye in the baby department. However, these tempting little objects can result in you blowing too much money too quickly. How can one avoid these financial pitfalls? Budgeting of course! Yes, that dreaded word applies even in this situation. Below are some tips to decorate your baby nursery without blowing all your money in one fell swoop.

  1. Go with safety first. Purchase the items you absolutely need before splurging for the unnecessary ones. For example, a crib is more essential than that extra play mat; both are nice, but one is clearly more useful than the other. Car seats and the like are also extremely important.

  2. Take gifts from other moms. They've been through it already and want to help- why not take them up on their offers? It's best, though, to obtain baby things from moms that have babies three to six months older than yours. This way, you can get items in advance.

  3. Borrowing is allowed! If you need something, why not ask another mom? Not all recent moms want to give something away because they may plan on having another baby soon, but they may be willing to let you borrow an item for a few months.

  4. Garage sales are your avenue to affordability. Garage and moving sales are not trashy and are not just for your grandma; they are smart when it comes to baby-budget shopping! You can pick some great pieces out. You can find a rocking chair or a drawer you can spruce up. Remember, as long as it's in good condition, you can always take care of the outer appearance with some paint.

  5. Take measurements! Sometimes what you think will fit, may not. Make sure to buy the right size and amount of everything. Going back to the store wastes time and energy, not to mention gas. Only buy the items that fit well in the room and compliment other pieces.

  6. Make a spending plan. Map out what you need versus what you don't need. Use common sense and judgment when making a list of things to buy. You will be happier when you see your budget on paper.

  7. Get creative! A baby can't judge how well you can paint or how perfectly you can sew, so use your own skills. It'll probably be cheaper and more rewarding, and who knows, maybe you have a talent or knack for decorating, and you never knew it!
Most importantly, make sure that you are comfortable in the nursery as well. Focus on neutral colors for the walls, and buy a sturdy and affordable rocking chair because you will be spending a lot of time in it! When your baby is born, you will be able to enjoy time with him or her, rather than worrying about how many jobs you need to get to pay off any baby-shopping debt!
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