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Thrifty Fall Decorating


I love to decorate my house for fall, but I don’t love the hefty price tag.  $2 per fancy pumpkin seems like not that much, but can quickly add up.  I’ve seen a small bag of specialty gourds at home depot for almost $12.  That’s crazy!  Here’s how I cheap out on fall decor.


Grow Your Own

Squash & pumpkins need a lot of space, so obviously this solution won’t work for everyone.  However, one pumpkin plant that I bought for $2 produced 6 pumpkins.  At the store, those same pumpkins would cost me $3 each, meaning I saved $16.  Next year I’m planning to grow a few more cool varieties since I have the space where I garden.

Related: When you’re done decorating with those pumpkins, learn how to process them to enjoy all winter!

Use Items From Your Yard


Just because the flowers are all gone doesn’t mean that there isn’t anything you can use.  Branches from bushes, cedars and evergreens work just as well as a fake item purchased at a store.

Make Simple Signs


I love chalkboards for this reason.  Draw something cute and change it up when you get bored of it.  There are so many free seasonal printables out there for you to use, the possibilities are endless.

What’s your favourite way to decorate for fall?  I’d love to hear your money-saving ideas in the comments.

Need more inspiration?  Check out these easy and affordable ways to decorate for Halloween.

Kristen Raney

Kristen Raney

Kristen is a former farm kid turned urban gardener who owns the popular gardening website, Shifting Roots.  She is obsessed with growing flowers and pushing the limits of what can be grown in her zone 3b garden.  She also loves to grow tomatoes, but oddly enough, dislikes eating them raw.

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