Meadows and Byrne: budget shopping in January

After the excess of Christmas, January can seem like a slow time of year, a month spent recovering from the many parties, festivities and over-indulgences of the festive season. Not only are we slowly coming back to reality after two relaxing yet sometimes hectic weeks of family get-togethers, late nights and leisurely mornings, but our wallets and bank balances not to mention our guts may be feeling the strain from weeks of excess.

From Christmas gift shopping, to the manic St. Stephens day and new year January sales, many of us will be by now planning a tight budget to go with our new year healthy living resolutions. Yet while January and February are traditionally a time for austerity and saving, it needn’t be all doom and gloom. Remember there are many essential and stylish household and fashion items available in stores at prices that won’t make too big a dent in your budget. Purchases that can give back some of the pleasure of retail without deepening the pain of overdrawn bank balances.

For instance making your house look homely can easily be done on the cheap with cushions and throws, candle holders, nice silverware and platters or dinner sets that don’t cost a lot but if chosen well can make your home “pop” with character.  Brightly coloured bed linen or duvet covers are a great way to liven up a dull bedroom, bath towels and bathroom accessories in complimentary colours can make a bathroom look cosy and coloured bar stools are a great way to add a pop of colour and life to a kitchen. With many of us having invested in bargain statement furniture items in the Christmas and New Year sales, a few well chosen stylish and complementary affordable pieces from your favourite homeware store are always welcome. A colourful throw or well designed set of cushions can make a January sales couch and armchair purchase feel part of the home while a set of cutlery, napkins, placemats and/or other dining accessories may compliment a newly purchased kitchen table.

So if keen to continue making your home a haven but confined by your budget, shop around and you may be surprised to find a number of simple and smart choice pieces of homeware items and dining accessories at a great price this cold month of January.

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