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Save Money in the Bedroom

Why Do This?

You may not think of your bedroom as a place to save money, but it can be! By making some subtle décor decisions and a few savvy purchases, you'll be saving big dough in your bedroom. And you thought it was only good for sleeping. Psh.

Time: 30 minutes

How To:

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    Install motion-sensing light switches. Motion-sensing light switches will turn the lights on in your bedroom when they detect any motion and will automatically turn the lights off after a certain period of time if they don’t detect any more motion. These will make the “lights off” battle with your kids a moot point, and will ensure the lights don’t stay on if you accidentally fall asleep reading Harry Potter. Note: Motion-sensing light switches work best in low-traffic rooms. If your bedroom is ground zero for your kid’s playtime or doubles as your home office during the day, you might want to simply install energy-efficient bulbs instead.

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    Pay a little more for your mattress. That half-off mattress at a budget retailer may seem like a great deal, but how long do you think it will last? Unless you enjoy the feel of springs sticking into your back, it’s better to opt for a more expensive mattress up front. It will stay comfortable longer and save you money over time. Think of it as a long-term investment for your bedroom.

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    Upgrade your duvet. If your bedroom has looked the same since 1995, it’s probably tempting to scour West Elm and other furniture stores for completely new furniture. Fight that urge. Instead of spending loads of dough on a new bed frame, nightstand or a fancy new dresser, just change your duvet. It’s the most noticeable item in your bedroom, so it will make a big difference. With no other changes (or purchases), you’ll feel like you have a new, modern room.

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    Take care of your stuff. If you don’t wash your linens properly, they won’t last as long. Fact. Instead of buying a new set of sheets or new pillows every year, wash them the right way and fold them properly.

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    Fake your headboard. If you just can’t handle your current headboard for another second, fake a new one! Instead of forking over cash for a real one, opt for a decal instead. If you’re unsure if the look is right for you, check them out here: Five Tips for a Good Night’s Sleep & Faux Headboards.

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    Put lights in corners. Put task lights in the corners of your bedrooms instead of using your overhead light. Your room will be just as bright without using as much wattage because the light will reflect off of the walls. Bonus: Your light will appear even brighter if your walls are painted a light color!

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