Our Home Office Makeover

My husband and I have moved four times ever since we got married. Our current lease just expired and we are not moving I’m pretty excited about it. We live in cute and quiet neighborhood that is in a convenient location for us as it relates to our jobs, church, stores, etc.

Since we plan to stay here for a while one of my goals this year is to reorganize and finish decorating our home. I hope to do this on a pretty tight budget so this will be a slow process.

I decided to start with the office because it needed the most work and my husband and I both spend a lot of time in the office. We budgeted $200 for this project. This is a lot more then what we will spend on the other rooms but this was my husbands valentines gift to me. I do not have a before picture because this project was done valentines day weekend before I started my blog.

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This is the view of our office when you walk in. My husbands desk on the left and mine on the right. We bought his desk on craigslist when we first moved in for $150. I bought the polka dot rug to blend my white office space to his dark office space.

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My desk is were the make over took place. Everything is originally from ikea but I bought the desk and chair on craigslist.

We ended up going over budget about $30 but I am very happy with the results.

I have included the individual prices for each item purchased.

Desk $40, Chair $40, Bookshelf $80, Rug $20, Magnetic board $25, Magazine rack $10, Green storage boxes $12

 

Coupon Update: Today I received my first sunday paper. I found a Groupon it was $30 for a one year subscription. This was very recent so if your interested in starting to coupon I would check if they still have the offer. The sunday paper has a lot of coupons 🙂

My first attempt at couponing.

About 2 weeks ago I decided I wanted to try out this extreme couponing thing. Of course I don’t plan to go to crazy with my stock pile. No more than 1 years worth of an item and I will only buy things we use.

So for 2 weeks now I have been collecting coupons. Today I spent at least one hour hunched over the sales ads for the stores in our area looking for items on sale that I also have a coupon to.

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This was my stack when I finished and was ready to head out. I went to Walmart they price match their competitors prices so this way I only need to make one stop. Also I found that some of the items that were on sale in another store actually had a lower everyday price at Walmart.

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This was what I came home with the start of my stock pile. Except for the soap and air fresheners (both items I need now and the coupon was expiring) all the items were price matched. I wish I had wrote down the original price of all these items so I would know the exact amount that I had saved. I guess I just assumed they would calculate that for me and it would be written on the receipt. I saved a total of $30 in just the coupons and paid $46.66 plus tax.

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These razors were the best deal and probably the only thing an experienced extreme couponer would buy. The original price was $7.98 but they were on sale at Fred Meyers for $4.99 and I had a $4 off coupon. After the price match and my coupon they were $.99. I would have stocked up on more but I only had 4 coupons.

The vitamin water and cream cheese I did not have a coupon for but they are both items I regularly buy and the sale price was the lowest I’ve seen.

I left for the store at 6 and got home at 9. Thats about four hours spent if you include the prepping, drive time, and shopping (I did shop for other items for this weeks meal plan as well). I estimate I saved about $50 over 50% of the total purchase. What do you think is it worth it. Any tips for my next trip?

Thank you for reading!