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Cost-saving tips for bringing fall into the home

This wreath from Sur la Table would be fairly simple and inexpensive to recreate at home
This wreath from Sur la Table would be fairly simple and inexpensive to recreate at home AP

Soon it will be one of my favorite seasons of the year. Yes, I’ll be sad to close down my beloved pool, but excited to put out festive pumpkins, mums and all things fall. I prefer to collect a few things here are there over the years to avoid spending a ton on seasonal items at one time. But, I do have a few helpful tips on how to “fall-ify” your home this month without overspending.

Search for rural finds

You can find some fantastically low prices on flowers and other fall items by visiting farms or patches on the outskirts of Kansas City. They can be more than half off of average store prices, making the drive totally worth it. There are pumpkin or flower patch finds in Louisburg, Kearney, Platte City and Warrensburg, to name a few, that sell different seasonal favorites like gourds, mums and straw at extremely reasonable prices. Make a day of it and have fun picking out your items to take home as a family.

Up-cycle dying plants or fallen branches

While the change of season does mean we’ll miss our beloved blooming flowers and vibrant green trees, you can use aging plants and branches to adorn your home for fall. Any branchy flower (such as a hibiscus) or fallen tree branches can be spray painted with metallic paint to accent your home.

Simply remove the dying flowers buds and keep the remains of the plant in its container. Poke a hole in the bottom of a trash bag, pull the plant through and tuck the top of the bag under the planter for protection.

Once the top of the plant is sprayed and dried, remove the bag and put the planter back out for display! You can repeat this process using branches that you simply place in a vase or unused planter once sprayed.

Modernizing seasonal wreaths

Giant, overflowing wreathes full of burlap and bows are falling out of popularity compared to their simpler, sleeker evergreen counterparts. Materials like olive leaf, boxwood, and succulents give your home a seasonal pop while maintaining a modern touch.

You can save money by purchasing one evergreen wreath and using it for fall and winter. For fall, add a few colorful leaves (artificial for longer use) with hot glue, and for winter, add some faux holly berry. Boom: two seasons of use for the cost of one.

Jump right into fall by decking out your outdoor space. You’ll love how festive your home looks for a very small spend. Happy fall.

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