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Cooler air inspires a change in decor. Here’s how to welcome fall on the cheap

Pumpkins are an inexpensive way to welcome fall into the home.
Pumpkins are an inexpensive way to welcome fall into the home. AP

Finally there’s a chill in the air. Many Americans say fall is their favorite season, and for good reason. The heat of summer has broken, the promise of holidays is upon us and the world seems peaceful in the last moments before the bitter cold. Here are some tips on how to celebrate your love for the season without spending a pretty penny.

Bargain hunt

Dollar stores have plenty of fall decor that can be used as is, or as a blank canvas for bigger fall decoration ideas. Plus, a lot of craft supply stores will have big sales on all seasonal items leading up to the holidays. Keep an eye out for promotions or sales that could lead to big savings.

DIY

When it comes to doing-it-yourself with crafts, you can go simple, or you can go big. Simple ideas include crafts like painting a mason jar a festive orange and tying a burlap bow on it, or using corn kernels as filler for a candle vase.

Big DIYs could mean filling a grocery or trash bag with crumpled newspaper, using masking tape to give it a pumpkin’s curves and spray painting it orange. You could also buy DIY supplies, like paint and a wooden sign, to share your own autumnal message.

Use what you’ve got

Some of your environment will be obvious. Use existing vases and swap out your florals for autumn colors. Bring autumn colored accessories, like blankets, to the forefront of your decoration, even if they’re usually inside a basket. Drape them over an armchair for a pop of seasonal color. Write fall messages on your memo boards to turn them into festive decor.

Bring the outdoors in

If it’s autumn inside, it’s autumn outside. Find beautiful natural items in your yard, dust any bugs off and bring them inside. Put acorns in a jar for a festive centerpiece, pin leaves to string for some DIY garland or use real pumpkins as a welcome committee on your porch.

Kat’s Money Corner is posted on Dollars & Sense every Tuesday. Kat Hnatyshyn, when not blogging or caring for her little ones, is a manager with CommunityAmerica Credit Union. For more financial chatter, visit http://communityamerica.com.

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