Category Archives: Décor on a Dime

Unique Decoration Helps Avert Luggage Theft

Thieves who stalk airport luggage carousels usually prefer nondescript bags. Then, if they’re caught, they can always claim they simply mistook the stolen items for their own property. One solution is to choose distinctive, memorable luggage. If you’re not eager … Continue reading

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Clever Chair Rescue after Cat Claw Damage

Being Fiercely Frugal runs in the Savage family. This week’s post is about how our cousin Jeanie resurrected four gorgeous chairs that her cat mistook for scratching posts. It really wasn’t the cat’s fault. (Jennifer and I are such feline … Continue reading

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Carmen’s Door Magic

When our guest blogger Joan recently told us about her stepdaughter, a person after our own creative, recycling hearts, she bragged about one of Carmen’s creative projects. Fifteen winters ago when wind was blowing in under Carmen’s front door, she … Continue reading

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Beat the High Cost of Dining-Room Chairs

It wasn’t until our old dining-room chairs were already kindling that I discovered how expensive new chairs would be. Sticker shock made me fervently wish I had first tried to mend the rickety ones with wood glue. That was thirty-three … Continue reading

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Tablecloths Can Stretch Decorating Budgets

One way I’ve stretched my decorating budget is by using commercial-type tablecloths such as those you see at nice restaurants. No, I’m not suggesting you swipe one off the table at Chez Fifi even if you do leave a generous … Continue reading

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New Reflections on Old Mirrors

Before tossing an item into the garbage, consider what other purpose it might be used for. This is a key to being fiercely frugal, and it often provides surprising solutions. Take my old medicine cabinet, for instance. When I painted … Continue reading

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Puzzle Glue: A Great Solution

If I’ve learned anything from TV decorating shows, it’s that art is in the eye of the beholder. All a big-name decorator has to do is stick a clump of coral on a coffee table or drag a branch in … Continue reading

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