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Fall Decor on a Budget

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Dave and I do our best to stick to a pretty strict budget, and one thing that is not really a part of it is seasonal decor. While this is good for keeping us (okay, mostly me) in check while browsing Target’s fall goodies, it’s also deeply important to me to celebrate seasons and holidays–especially now that we are in a house and have a baby! Charlie won’t remember anything about his first fall, but Dave and I most certainly will, so I want to make sure that we’re intentional about starting (and keeping up with) traditions that we can revisit throughout Charlie’s childhood. While we’re commemorating fall mostly through free activities, like going to the pumpkin patch and baking my favorite pecan pie, we also decided to put just $60 toward fall decorations. Using the money well was a fun challenge, and resulted in a house that is festive, but not overdone, and a very content financial analyst husband ;) Here’s the result!

Cotton boll decor | Something PrettyCool-toned fall mantel | Something PrettyBuffalo check and floral pillows | Something Prettycopper-vasefall-porch-decor

The breakdown:

One hay bale: $6
Two mums: $10
An assortment of pumpkins: $20
One copper vase (actually a utensil crock!): $13, purchased on sale and delivered to the store to save on shipping
Cotton bolls: $6
Navy buffalo check pillow: $5

I tried to balance both natural elements that make some of the best fall decorations, in my opinion, plus a few things we’ll be able to keep and bring out year after year.

How did you decorate for fall? Any tricks for seasonal decorating on a budget?

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  1. Kristin says:

    Love this!! One of my favorite tips: Save a few dollars from your fall decor budget to shop the holiday markdowns after the season — and stash away for the next year. I’ve been able to add a few favorite pieces at a great deal this way. It just requires a little patience to wait a whole year to use them.

  2. mary wilmot says:

    I love the cotton on the mantle. I’ve been meaning to make a Fixer Upper style wreath with magnolia leaves and boxwood for our front door. Hopefully this week to enjoy a bit before Halloween!

  3. Kristina says:

    I love how you mostly stuck to your neutral color palette even though it seasonal decorating. The little white pumpkins on the mantle are my favorite – so cute!

  4. Dana says:

    Spent my fall budget on Halloween candy :) Love your front steps!

  5. Katie says:

    This is all so cute! I’m not much of a decorating person myself, so I usually can’t justify spending money on seasonal items- but you’ve inspired me that even a little $ can go a long way!
    PS- love the budget breakdown too! I’m a bit of a budget nerd sometimes, so I find it interesting when other people choose to share

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