Credit scores are up, or maybe they’re going to go down. Consumer debt is increasing. Our financial health is not improving. That’s what the headlines tell us. Tucked in between all this great news is something else: people are spending a fortune on houseplants. But can you afford houseplants on a small budget? Yes, you can.
Houseplants are Healthy
Houseplants have become the latest trend across America today. And for good reason, they improve your health. Staying healthy is another great way to save money.
Plants bring positive energy into your home and many people find themselves developing long-lasting relationships with their plants. In fact, science has proven that if you talk to your plants, they will grow more rapidly and beautifully.
The health benefits of houseplants are numerous, but here are just a few:
- Plants increase the amount of oxygen in the room.
- Houseplants remove toxins from the air and act as collectors of dust and mold.
- The water vapors that lift off from plant cells increase the humidity in your home, which is good for your skin, eye and throat health.
- Certain houseplants, such as lavender, can be harvested to make tea or oils for aromatherapy and herbal medicine.
- Plants help you sleep and improve your mood, which is great if you are dealing with a lot of stress from gig jobs or credit card debt.
There are many ways to afford houseplants on a small budget and plenty of evidence that it’s worth the effort to find out how.
Plants are an Easy and Affordable Way to Change Your Décor
Plants can be an easy, fun and affordable way to change the look of your interior spaces. They come in every variety, from small potted plants to place on your bookshelves to large container plants that grow the size of a small tree. You can easily mix up the sizes, containers, colors and style of planters, all according to your budget.
An article in Money.com said that many young adults today are investing significant money in houseplants. One reason is that it is cheaper to makeover your rental home than it is to buy a house. Houseplants can create a décor that you want to come home to.
A sizeable number of 20-30-year-olds are spending thousands of dollars to create a garden oasis inside their rental homes.
What if you don’t have thousands of dollars in your budget? You can still enjoy the benefits of indoor plants.
4 Tips for how to Afford Houseplants on a Small Budget
Do Your Research
Some houseplants are much more expensive than others. When you’re on a tight budget, you need to start your houseplant collection with plants that are cheaper. You don’t have to compromise on quality or deprive yourself of the plants you love. For instance, large-growing plants like Birds of Paradise or Fiddle Leaf Figs tend to be pricier. Spider Plants, Snake Plants and Pothos tend to be more affordable. Plus, these plants are easy to propagate, meaning that from your initial investment, you can quickly create a jungle in your home.
Shop the Sales
In previous blog articles, we wrote about the optimal times to purchase certain items—the sale seasons. The same goes for houseplants. Nurseries and plant shops have sales at certain times of the year. Get to know your local plant shop owners and growers. Sign up for their emails or newsletters so you know when their houseplants are going on sale.
Skip the Designer Shops
Farmer’s markets and supermarkets are usually your best sources for houseplants when your budget is limited. Florist shops tend to charge the highest prices. They’re great for cut flowers, but unless you can afford it, don’t buy your houseplants there.
Yes, you can safely and affordably purchase your houseplants online.
Decide in advance which plants are going to be the most suitable for your home and lifestyle. For instance, if you’re new to gardening, you might want to buy plants that are easier to grow. Even if a plant is affordable, if you have to keep replacing it, you’re not going to save any money. If you know you’re not so good at remembering to do things, then you might want plants that are easy to care for, that don’t require much water, such as succulents or aloe. If you tend to overwater, then Chinese evergreens might be more to your style.
It is possible to afford houseplants on a small budget. There’s no reason to miss out on the hottest interior design trend to hit the market in decades.