It’s another day for true confessions. Do you see a pattern here? Yes, I know it’s fall, and we’ve got decorating to do, but I’m pausing all of that for a week to share a few more of my truthiest confessions.
Who am I to talk about money, right? Could someone who has too many sets of dishes really know anything about saving money?
Please allow me to explain. If I were to quit blogging today, I’d sell most of my dishes. That’s right. It’s all been fun, but the purpose was to inspire you. Ha! If it hasn’t worked, please tell me now, and I’ll clear out my cabinets. Any takers for a set or two – or forty?
HH and I have always lived frugally. That’s why I learned to make my own window treatments early on…to save money. And, truly I did save a lot of money! I knew it in my heart, but I never put a pencil to it until recently.
It would be down-right mean for me not to tell you. So here it is:
Did you know you can save thousands on home decor over your life-time?
When HH and I decided that I would stay home with our kids after the first one arrived, I had a sense that things would change. I didn’t realize how much, though.
A couple of rooms of window treatments completed, and friends found out. The rest is history. Sewing home decor for others was a great way to make extra money to support an otherwise non-existent decorating budget.
Enough already about budgets. By sewing for others, I made play money. Not fake money, but money to play with for creating the home we love to live in. Much of it went towards fabric deals, garage sale items, junk shop redo projects, stuff like that – oh, and at least one more trick. I head straight to the back of every store, every time. Why?
Now we’re back to today’s topic. When I calculated how much I saved over the years by sewing for our home, the results come to thousands of dollars saved.
If you are in your mid thirties, you’ve got the most advantage of time on your side!
The average home has seven to eight rooms, so we’ll use seven for a conservative number. Each room normally has two windows, so that’s fourteen windows in the average house.
It costs $300 for each layer of custom treatments for each window, which is high quality with fine detailing. While you may shop deals and buy off-the rack, when you sew your own curtains, you can add lots of nice detailing with quality fabrics and supplies. So, I’m comparing apples to apples here.
Privacy is layer #1, and beauty is layer #2, so that’s at least two layers. Now we’re at $600 per window – $1,200 per room in our conservative seven room house.
That’s $8,400! Each time we move, that’s what it costs for custom window coverings in the average home. So, how often do we move? The national average is every seven years.
At 35, a woman will move another 5 times (on average) before age 70.
So, what’s our total? Yes, it’s $42,000 she’ll save on window treatments if she sews them herself.
Does she have time? Stay tuned for tomorrow’s true confessions about time…
Count the rooms in your house. How many? How many windows?
How does the math work for you?