10 Ways to Spend Smarter
Scour the Web for Great Home Decor DealsReal Simple's home editors spend a of of their time trolling the Web for affordable finds. If you're desperate to spruce up your living space, check out a few of their favorite resources and learn what, in particular, to look out for when it comes to saving big.
Best for: Hand-appliquéd pillows and global goods. Most items are $50 or less.
Inside scoop: Co-owned by former Elle Decor editor Marian McEvoy.
Best for: Finding out about blowout sales on home items from well-known vendors.
Inside scoop: Sign up for the site’s daily e-mail, which is chock-full of sale alerts.
Best for: Inexpensive modern table lamps, consoles, side tables, and coffee tables.
Inside scoop: Great sale section, with tableware as low as 95 cents.
Best for: Handmade items, like hanging terrariums and letterpress stationery, from 10,000 unique sellers.
Inside scoop: Supply can be limited, but at least you’re cutting out the middleman.
Best for: Tableware and tile. This 61-year-old company still makes ceramics in its original factory.
Inside scoop: Find items at 75 percent off retail in the overstock section.
Best for: Surprisingly inexpensive outdoor furniture, plus deals on everything from mattresses to TVs.
Inside scoop: The weekly Red Line Deals page features the deepest discounts.
Best for: Home-office products (like decorative file folders), shelf and drawer papers, and stationery.
Inside scoop: Check for sales after major holidays.
Best for: Affordable accessories from all over the globe, like baskets from Bali and lanterns from India.
Inside scoop: Don’t miss the selection of pretty throw pillows (see photo above).
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