We’ll admit it: Walmart and Target sales make our world go ’round. And in the case of home decor and appliances, you may guiltily hold off until the next big Walmart clearance sale or Target online sale to score big. Yes, you can technically get by with empty walls and your old electric hand mixer. But Mama, it’s 2020, and genius products like kitchen organizers and useful gadgets were designed to make your life easier. Add in some affordable home decor that looks impossibly luxe, and you can create the space of your dreams.
The moral of the story, Mama, is that we love a good markdown as much as anyone. Sometimes, though, the time to upgrade is now. So, we’ve gathered eight of our favorite budget-friendly Target and Walmart appliances and home decor picks that are always well-priced. It’s time to make your life cozier, chicer, and easier, starting today.
Best Affordable Kitchen Appliances
Why wait for a Walmart sale? Here, you’ll find the lowest prices on these high-end investment appliances any day of the year.
Are your kids requesting nuggets and fries for dinner again? Since it’s so easy to make (and doesn’t come with a heaping side of complaints), we don’t blame you for giving in. Cook ‘em up in this Farberware air fryer, and if you’re really feeling ambitious, add some steamed veggies or a salad for a full meal that’s actually kinda healthy.
While this appliance is a must-have for moms whose kids love all things fried or breaded, keep in mind that it can bake, grill, and roast food, too (there’s a recipe book included). Not only will your family’s dinners be made without excess oil, they’ll be cooked up to 30% faster. Less calories, cook time, and complaining? Consider us sold.
If you could take one thing off your to-do list, wouldn’t you? Consider the Shark Ion Robot Vacuum your trusty new helper (kind of like a pet that actually cleans messes rather than makes them). You schedule the cleaning times and this innovative vacuum will navigate around obstacles to suck up hair, dust, dirt, dander, and all sorts of allergens. It also docks and recharges automatically, plus you can place BotBoundary strips around rooms or areas where you don’t want it to go.
“We have hardwood floors and I like that it doesn’t scratch or leave any marks on the floor,” one reviewer writes. “It did a great job of picking up dust and hairs on the floor. I think it’s fun and easy to operate.”
Unlike some competitors, this robot vacuum is around $200, even when it’s not in a Walmart clearance sale.
Yes, these appliances are pricey, but every mom or dad who owns one will tell you it’s worth its weight in gold. A kitchen counter staple, the KitchenAid is an absolute essential for bakers (but still useful if you’re not one). With the ability to buy a slew of different attachments, this high-quality, powerful device is an investment piece that’s meant to last for years. If you decide to make the splurge, Walmart will likely have the lowest price on the market.
Still not sure whether to buy? A whopping 9,000+ positive reviews will tell you it’s a purchase worth making. “After going through five hand mixers and three Sunbeam mixers, I decided to take the next step and purchase my first KitchenAid,” one reviewer writes. “I’ve never been disappointed. It’s a powerful mixer and I must say I look forward to baking more!”
Best Affordable Home Decor Accents
When it comes to affordable home accents, these decor touches are budget-friendly whether or not you wait for a Target sale.
Soft, cozy, and of course, cruelty-free, adding a luxe throw to any space will make it more inviting. The wonderfully affordable Marselle Oversized Faux Fur Throw features ombre stripes on one side and faux mink on the other so it can look good and keep you (and perhaps your kids or partner) toasty. “Definitely a double dosage of softness,” raves one customer. “This throw is made of brushed faux fur on the face and on the reverse is another touch of solid faux mink. This is a total comfort.”
Try tossing this throw on a sofa, chair, bed, or ottoman; it’ll look chic and it’s easy to grab if anyone gets chilly. You can snag it for around $30, even when it’s not posted in a Target online sale.
From reflecting light, to providing decor, to anchoring your final pit stop before heading out the door, the right mirror is a total multitasker. It’s easy to spend an arm and a leg on one of these, but (as per usual) Target has you covered.
Enter: the Round Decorative Wall Mirror, providing simple elegance in a sleek brass frame. Its not too big, not too small size (28″ to be exact) means it’s perfect for just about anywhere, including over a bedroom bureau, a mantle, a bathroom sink, or an entranceway table.
In over 1,000 reviews, an impressive 95% say they’d recommend this modern piece of decor, with buyers praising its versatile design, moderate size, and easy-to-hang hardware — all at a steal of a price. You’d be hard-pressed to find a similar item for cheaper, unless, of course, it’s included in the next Target sale.
Marble and metal is a match made in heaven, and this Marble Round Top Table with a gold base is proof. While marble accents are totally trendy, this living room staple is timeless, too. If you think you can find a side table with real marble any cheaper, we’d have to say, good luck to you. Plus, this one is Fair Trade Certified, so consider it your duty to pick up this stunning piece for your home.
Overall, reviewers say they’re thrilled with this purchase, but some point out that the delicate marble tops may have subtle flaws, which can either be viewed as imperfections or marks of uniqueness. That said, most were impressed with this table’s quality, sturdiness, design, and super-affordable price.
A cool take on a traditional bar stool, the Rumford Saddle Counter Stool features a cushioned seat and nailhead detailing. The frame is made from sturdy hardwood, and eight different upholstery choices make these pieces feel custom and way more expensive than they actually are.
A few reviewers mention that some of the color descriptions are off — particularly the cognac/black (they say the wood is more dark brown). But overall, most are pleased with this product. “These bar stools are so sexy and classy,” one buyer gushes. “Bought four. Love them. Perfect height and easy to assemble.” Another adds, “Same quality as $100+ furniture store stools. Good quality for the price!”
Want to add a pop to neutral walls? Look no further. This two-pack of canvas wall art features palm fronds in bright turquoise hues that’ll make a bold statement. Complete with a neutral brown frame, these pieces have easy-to-hang sawtooth backings that enable you to hang them vertically or horizontally.
Reviewers recommend this Tropical Palm Wall Art set because of its rich color, quality, and large size (23.2” x 35.2”). “Love the colors!” one buyer reports. “The artwork itself is very beautiful. I was worried the prints would be dull in person vs. the images online, but that is not the case.” Agrees another, “The colors are a little richer than they look on the website, which was even better for my decor. Very good quality for the money. They look like they cost much more.”
If you love these affordable home update ideas, check out our other home and kitchen picks that are mom-approved!