Chic on a Shoestring Decorating: 31 Days of Decorating on a Shoestring Budget Day 21, TJ Maxx

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31 Days of Decorating on a Shoestring Budget Day 21, TJ Maxx

Hello there!  Today we're going to talk about something near and dear to my heart...

TJ Maxx.

It's my favorite store in the whole wide world.

I love HomeGoods too, which is owned by TJ Maxx and only sells home goods... hence the name. It is right up their with TJ Maxx but the closest one is 2 hours away so I don't have the same relationship with it that I do with TJ.  TJ is only about 10 minutes away from my house.  Almost dangerously close if you ask Mr. Chic. ;)

TJ and I are on a first name basis.  We are old pals, BFF's in fact.

When I talk to people about my friend TJ it seems like people either love him or hate him (how rude!).

The haters hate because they don't understand him.  When they visit him they want to run in, grab item, pay, leave. This is what I call "man-shopping".  TJ is not very friendly to man-shopping.

I realize that many women like man-shopping.  But, if you're on a shoestring budget, you are going to have to get out of your comfort zone to save some money on some great stuff.  You're going to have to shop like you mean it.  No man-shopping allowed.

To do your best with TJ you gotta dig. I realize man-shopping shoppers are not into digging.  But I promise, if you dig with TJ, you'll be glad you did.

Here are some moves you need to properly dig with TJ:

  • move stuff around so you can see what's on the back of the shelf
  • squat down and look in the back of the bottom shelf
  • stick your head under and lean in to the bottom shelf if needed
  • reach up high to the top shelf and scoot stuff around so you can see that great item hiding up there
  • move your eyes and make sure you see everything so you don't miss a thing.  

It's almost like exercising.  Just think, you'll be getting in your work-out while shopping... multi-tasking at it's best!  This is definitely my favorite type of work-out.  Sometimes I even wear work-out type clothes with TJ, like yoga pants and zip-up hoodies.  This makes it more official that it is, in fact, a work-out.  There is no lazy man-shopping allowed with TJ.

In my vast bargain shopping experience, TJ's is by far the best place to find great new, reasonably priced, decorative items for your home.  My latest greatest finds with TJ are several Pottery Barn-esque mercury glass pumpkins.  You can see them all here.

Catch up on my 31 day series...


  1. Yes, this is how you do it! Bend and squat and stretch and move stuff around! I wish I had more time to do this. I also wish I had more time to read all the posts in this series. I have hardly even found time to blog this month. October has been crazy busy for me! I LOVE those glass pumpkins - maybe next year (or when stuff goes clearance this fall).

  2. i really like how you write your posts kate! aside from being helpful to begin with, you always add humor to it, which in my case makes me read even more because i like posts that have humor to it!!

    guess what? i need to go and check out tj max too! thanks!


  3. I'm telling you, your clearance post was the best and this one runs up there second. We should shop together. Sometimes when I find a bargain, I will call my BFF and we chuckle at my shoestring shopping find. I often tell her I just robbed the store (like your 95% off find). I love TJ, Ross, and Marshall's. I also find a lot of things marked WAY down at Kohl's. About two years ago I bought a designer bedspread set at Kohl's for $38.99. Yep it was 90% off. Woo-hoo. It was so thrilling, because I could NEVER have purchased anything near it. Thanks for sharing your 31 days. It has been so much fun to read.

    Jocelyn @

  4. LOVE HomeGoods! I am going to be thankful it is only 10 minutes away! Bend and Snap ladies... This Mommy is on a chic budget!

  5. Dear Mr. Chic;

    I think you have a fabulously smart, wonderfully talented wife. Not only are we obviously soul sisters, as fellow TJ Maxx lovers, but we share a love of all things bargains, home decorating and fun! I've been known to bring many a friend to TJ's explaining before we go in: "It's like a religious experience...just walk in...stop...breathe in...and all your troubles disappear." AAAAHHHHHH!!!! It's like Heaven's angels start singing!

    Appreciate that wife of yours.


    Patty O

    ps...Mr. O is also a man-shopper. We have a system worked out though...he drops me off for a 2 hour TJ fix while he goes for his Home Depot, Best Buy, Menards fix! ...And all is right with the world!

  6. Love TJ too! And Marshalls too! I wish there was a Ross in Western NY...You can also find great deals at Hobby Lobby if you look carefully at their clearance section.


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