5 Cheap Finds for Your Home – You’ll Want Them All!

Monday, February 09, 2015 Stef dela Cruz, MD 0 Comments

Nobody can say no to a bargain without feeling some degree of remorse. When you see the prices of those silk bed sheets get slashed (whoa, 50 percent off and they still cost a fortune), you feel a little pang of guilt when you decide not to buy it.

cheap finds for homeOne good thing that comes out of being broke: I buy cheap stuff that looks great!

That probably explains why five years ago, I decided to buy a cabinet for PhP2,500, a cabinet made of laminated wood, which I had to assemble at home. The store was selling the already-assembled cabinet, but it would have cost me an extra PhP1,500.

Broke, Not Broken

I was broke and, trying to channel the cheapskate in me to survive life in the city, I opted for the yet-to-be-assembled purchase. Assembling some cabinet ain’t rocket science, right?

It wasn’t, but toes got injured. Fingers got cut. Things fell. To be more precise, things fell apart – until I got someone else to help (how did I know it was a two-man job?).

DIY injuryYou can bet my cat got traumatized as he witnessed all the bloodbath.

Anyway, that was five years ago. This year, drum roll, please… I’m still buying cheap finds because yes, I’m still a little bit broke and I’m still decorating on a tight budget.

No thanks to the expensive tickets I had to buy so that I could ask someone to accompany me on an airplane trip which is actually the first one I would be taking (I know, I know, I live in the boondocks or something). No thanks to the fact that I had surgery a few months back and I’m still recovering – not from the procedure itself, but the fees I paid.

Reading about my being broke is probably bumming you out, but don’t be. There is an upside.

Home Improvement Ideas: Cheap Finds for Your Home

How could I protect my couch from fraying if I couldn’t afford slip covers? How could I get more storage room if I couldn’t afford cabinets? Where could I buy cheap lamps that didn’t look like they would short-circuit anytime soon?

Because of budget constraints, I had to get creative. Ah, finding the answers to those questions made being broke look good.

Now, it’s time for you to feel good about beautifying your home on a budget. It’s time for you to feel good about these cheap finds you can use for your home.


Cheap find number 1:

Microfiber mat as pile rug: PhP600

microfiber bathroom mat

I bought a microfiber rug for PhP600 from the bathroom section and made it into an area rug. You can’t buy a pile rug at the carpet store for the same price. I swear; I looked.

pile rug

I believe the rug was priced at around PhP1,000, but it was on sale when I got it. Lucky me!


Cheap find number 2:

Two storage boxes as side table: PhP600 each

DIY side table

I needed a side table that would hide all of the clutter I had lying around the living room. A foldable storage box I purchased not too long ago turned out to be my cat’s favorite scratching post, which meant it had to retire before it even came of age.

Since I didn’t want to waste money on some side table made of laminated wood that would warp in a couple of years, I decided to improvise. I remembered seeing beautiful boxes made of banig the last time I went to the mall and I knew that if I put them on top of each other, they’d make a pretty, makeshift side table.

When I went back to the mall, the boxes were on sale! They were at 50 percent off when I went back to take a look at them!

reading nookstorage box

My prayers had been answered. My papers found a new home in them, too, by the way. Clutter problem, solved.


Cheap find number 3:

Discounted lamp: PhP1000

chevron lamp

Again, I got my lamps at 50 percent off. The lamps were big, they had interesting shades, and they definitely cost much less than any of the lamps I’ve been eyeing!

blue and white lamp

I was looking for cheap lamps online and Google led me to an article that led me to these lamps. Ah, Google, the internet addict’s best friend.


Cheap find number 4:

Doormat as throw for couch: PhP139


The second cheapest in this list, this doormat can be used to protect your couch from wear and tear!

doormat on couchHere’s one of the ways you can use a doormat to prettify your couch. Check out these five different ways to style your couch!

When I saw the doormats, I fell in love with them. When I saw their price tags, I knew I had to buy them!

They were made of soft woven fabric, with patterns, colors, and fringes I couldn’t resist. However, I had all the doormats I needed at home.

I had no use for them – at least, not in the way they were traditionally used. I then remembered my couch and its thinning fabric. The rest is history.


Cheap find number 5:

Dainty trash bin: PhP75

cheap trash bin

I don’t know what you think about today’s trash cans, but I just hate how they look. They look as plastic as they can get and they do nothing to prettify the home!

Just when I was about to give up on finding a great trash can for my home, I came across this one. It does borrow its look from the classic dust bin you see in the streets, but it’s miniature and it’s white.

trash binwhite trash can

It goes with my mostly-white workspace. It was originally in a grey color, but I painted it white. I also bought one in a cool green shade and placed it in the guest room.

Plus, it can’t get any cheaper than this! For something that costs a mere PhP75, this trash bin sure looks cute!

Got any cheap finds for the home? Share them!

Do you have any cheap finds for your home? Share them with me in the comment section! I’m sure others who want to live a frugal (but happy) life will be glad you were generous enough to share them.

Stef dela CruzAbout the blogger
Stef dela Cruz is a doctor and writer. She received the 2013 Award for Health Media from the Department of Health. She maintains a health column in Health.Care Magazine and contributes to The Manila Bulletin. Add her to your circles.