I have to confess:  I'm a penny pincher when it comes to decorating my house. I'm unapologetically enthusiastic about a deal.  I shop sale sites, Marshall's, TJ Maxx and Home Goods and I love every minute of it.  

Why?  It's the way I grew up.  My Mom taught me the value of a dollar and how hard it is to make one.  Even if I made a million dollars a year, I'd probably still be a cheapskate.  Second, it's fun.  I love the thrill of a good deal.  

Let me give you my perfect example:  my Jonathan Adler bedside lamps.  They're regularly priced at $275 each. It just so happens that Macy's happens to sell them.  When I bought these lamps, they were on sale and I had gift cards from my husband's family.  I paid a total of $140 for both of them.  Yea, I did a happy dance around my office and another one when I put them in the bedroom.  

My second perfect example:  my bedding.  It's Donna Karan Home.  The regular price for the quilt, regular and king shams is $795.  I got my set on Rue La La for $250.  Score!

Don't get me wrong:  if it's amazing, I pay full price.  Like my new slipcovers. Those were not on sale.  I have to admit before I purchased them, I asked my lovely cousin-in-law who's a interior decorator to price them to see if they were cheaper. She did find a better price for me but I chose to buy local instead. (Thank you again Kara.  You are the best!)  I love them and the way they changed the look of my room.  Plus I like to support local business when I can.  I know..that's a conflicting message but it's indicative of how I do things.

Are you a penny pincher or a spendthrift?


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