This post is sponsored by RetailMeNot.
We’re so excited to spend our first Christmas in our new-to-us old house this year, but wow, is it different. We love our new place and feel very settled in, but then the holidays arrived and I realized that we had some decisions to make to get our home ready for the holidays, since this year’s space is very different from the place we were before. We moved in February to a hundred-year-old Craftsman, and that’s a big change from the more contemporary mid-century home we moved from.
In our new space we have a very neutral palette—literally every wall is painted Benjamin Moore’s Simply White. When we got out our Christmas decorations, many of them felt really loud in the new, neutral space. We needed to try something a little different this year.
I wanted to spruce up my home for the holidays on a tiny budget, and I wanted it to be easy because this is such a busy season. So when RetailMeNot invited me to use their holiday deals page to see what I could find (and to give away a $300 Visa gift card to one lucky reader!), I was delighted to give it a try. It’s basically a search engine that shows you the best deals at your favorite retailers, all in one place.
I’ve been using RetailMeNot for almost a decade. I found out about it from an Ann Taylor employee, who told me her customers used RetailMeNot to find the best coupons and promotion codes before checking out. I’ve been using the site for so long I didn’t realize RetailMeNot now has an app, and that in addition to coupons, RetailMeNot now features thousands of deals, cash back offers, and discount e-gift cards, making it easy to save at all your favorite places, whether you’re shopping online or in a store. It’s easy to use, so you can keep your budget in line and keep your focus on what really matters this time of year.
I visited the RetailMeNot holiday deals page and found all sorts of offers at stores I know and love, like World Market, Hobby Lobby, Crate and Barrel, and Target. When you shop online, you can combine coupons and cash back offers. Like at World Market now has a 10% off coupon (15% if you’re new to their mailing list) + a $20 cash back offer available. I found these great willow string lights there (already half off!), beautiful wood bark bowl, and I stocked up on half-price batik-print linens in store after the RetailMeNot app alerted me to the sale. World Market is one of my favorite places to shop for stocking stuffers and I was happy to have an extra coupon to use.
In our new place, I wanted to focus on the high-impact areas for holiday decorating: the living room and the library. In the living room, the mantle takes center stage, so I visited Hobby Lobby to find greenery. I use faux greenery to add extra oomph to fresh displays, and I rely on it completely when fresh isn’t available. I found lots to choose from at Hobby Lobby. RetailMeNot has a 40% off coupon available, plus a $5 cash back offer. I love tucking their red berry cluster stems and magnolia leaf sprays into a basic garland to add color and texture. I adore magnolia leaves and am thinking about this magnolia wreath for our front door.
To decorate the mantle, I started with the greenery, then added things we had on hand: candlesticks, a stack of books, a glass vase full of inexpensive ornaments, a tiny tree from Target’s dollar spot, kids’ art. My son made that adorable snowman last year, and my daughter hand-lettered the “merry and bright” piece. (It’s just a piece of copy paper in a nice frame—Hobby Lobby has a great selection of those, too.)
Since it’s our first Christmas here, we had to figure out where to put the tree. There wasn’t an obvious place to put it, and the library was our third choice, but now that it’s here, I really love it.
The gifts under the tree are mostly books. (I know you’re SHOCKED.) I was delighted to see that RetailMeNot has a wide variety of Barnes & Noble coupons and deals available now, plus a $10 cash back offer. And to bolster your gift budget this season, RetailMeNot is giving away a $300 Visa gift card to one lucky reader! To enter, click here to sign up for RetailMeNot, browse their website, and comment on this post with a deal you’re excited about this year. If you find a terrific deal, share it online with the hashtag #dealbrag. I’ll pick a giveaway winner on Wednesday night.)
We spend a ton of time in our kitchen, so I wanted it to look festive, but I didn’t want to spend a ton of time or money on decorations that we could only use for a month. I prefer to buy pieces we can use year-round and fill them with seasonal goodies, like this beautiful wood bark bowl I got at World Market, full of in-season fruit.
When I was at Target last week, the RetailMeNot app alerted me to great sales and deals in-store, and I found this freshly-clearanced shallow marble bowl. I thought it would look beautiful against my wooden island. I filled it with oranges and pomegranates (plus one pomander—my first!), added a few sprigs of greenery I clipped from the yard, and it looks festive and practical. You can also see some of my favorite World Market finds on the counter—the beautiful, inexpensive linens, and their striking gold stemless wine glasses.
I’m happy with how nice the house looks, and how little I was able to spend. Much love to RetailMeNot for their help with that, and I’m excited to help one of you with your shopping, too, so don’t forget to enter the giveaway for the $300 Visa gift card! To enter the giveaway, click here to sign up for RetailMeNot browse their website and comment back on this post with the deal you’re excited to use for holiday shopping this year. And don’t forget to download the RetailMeNot app to save on everything!
UPDATE: The giveaway is now closed. Thanks for participating!