Tuesday Tip – Frugal Novice

Tuesday Tip

I don’t know that I’ll do this every week, but I figured today I’d share a tip that I’ve figured out for decorating our home – and saving money, of course!

A while back I bought some gorgeous candles on clearance at a local shop. They’re square, which I love, and they have a warm honey color to them that looks even better once they’re lit and the glow from the flame reflects off of them. I set out on the hunt for something to set them on, and quickly found that most of the candle plates I liked were anywhere from $8-$15. I’m not talking about anything ornate, either! I tend to like things with clean, simple lines.

Inspiration struck. We were at Target (surprised?) and I decided to head over to take a look in the kitchen department. I immediately saw square, white, ceramic plates that were perfect for what I wanted. There were different sizes available, and I could buy just one. The best part? I got a 9″ plate for just $2.99. I love how it looks paired with the candles – the square shapes work together really well. If I wanted to, I could add some small smooth stones around the candles, but we liked the simplicity of just the three candles on the plate.

Do you have any tips to share? I’d love to hear them!

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  • Charla March 23, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    A good time to look for candles on clearance, Target especially, is after a holiday. Often there are holiday candles that look great for any time of year, not just that holiday.
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  • Kristen March 23, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    Good idea!
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  • Kristen C March 24, 2010 at 10:20 am

    Good idea! I also check out places like Marshalls, Ross, Homegoods for clearance plates. A lot of times, they won’t have enough to sell as a set, so they’ll be really cheap.

    • Christi March 24, 2010 at 10:52 am

      Great ideas! I’ll have to check out Ross and some of our thrift stores to see what they’ve got. Ross would probably have a good candle selection, too!

  • Kacie March 24, 2010 at 10:38 am

    Looks good! Other ideas include stopping at a thrift store (they almost always have really unique plates) or simply grabbing one you already have and using it for a little while. Maybe using some of the “fancier” dishes that don’t get a lot of use.
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  • Surviving Little People March 24, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    Wow $2.99 is a great deal and the candles look beautiful. Following from Chritian Mom Bloggers. Have a great day.

  • Rebecca Peters December 16, 2013 at 2:12 am

    Ill never understand why candles are so pricey! I wanted to buy some the other day and just tea candles were way too much for me! So Im happy when I recieve them as gifts! I love the smell of a candle burning. it has a unique smell and when Im trying to get comfy under the blanky its comforting! I totally would have just bought a plate as well. I never buy things what they say they are for, I just use it whatever way I see fit.