Becoming a new parent is both a life altering experience, and a financial investment. There are many expenses involved in having a new baby. One of the most costly is decorating the baby's room. Stocking the nursery, although fun, can be quite frustrating. The mom on a budget not only has to make every penny count, but she also has to determine when to invest more, and when to invest less.
Accessories such as blankets, sheets, lamps, and figurines, can be purchased either new, or used, and still be in your budget. If buying used items is a better option for you, then check out your local yard sales, and thrift stores. Check eBay first before spending any money. Oftentimes, people buy items and then do not use them and sell them on eBay cheap. If you can’t find what you need on eBay, then places like the Dollar Tree oftentimes have great finds for the basics that you’ll need.
There are so many options for decorating the walls of the nursery, and the possibilities are endless. Wall papering the entire wall is much more expensive than painting. It’s an option but consider the expense. A less expensive alternative would be to choose a room border instead. The border comes already decorated, and is self adhesive. Your local discount stores, like Target and Walmart, carry a large selection of borders.
Painting the wall is a more budget-friendly option than wallpapering. Before you purchase any paint, it is a good idea to seek the advice a professional in that area. Your cheaper paint may not necessarily be your best investment if it shows fingerprints too quickly. A cheap paint will become more expensive in the long-run if you have to repaint frequently to cover wear and tear.
The floors in your nursery have the potential of being a large expense. Laying carpet is great, but may not fit in the frugal budget. Area rugs offer a great alternative to carpeting for the tight budget. Target and other discount stores carry area rugs for children's rooms.
Every new parent desires the perfect nursery for their new baby. The frugal shopper generally can't afford to purchase everything new, but that does not have to limit their ability to create an adorable room. Investing a little time and patience while shopping for your items will pay off in the end. The budget shopper chooses their products carefully, making sure that their investment is wise. The nursery you create on a budget can become the nursery of your dreams.