1. Accessories: Let's start with the outermost layer of the bathroom shall we? It's easy to $9.99 yourself to death when it comes to accessories. Plus, it's easy to rationalize extra things by saying they'll hold "guest towels." Instead, try looking to places like IKEA to get sleeker style for less, or wait for things to be on clearance at your local big box store. Don't forget about thrift stores or even the dollar store for things like trash cans or organizational solutions.
2. Hired Labor: Now I know that not all of us have a DIY spirit to their everyday lives, but folks, the bathroom, although it seems scary, is a great place to dig in and get dirty. Taking out old fixtures and tile, although tiring isn't incredibly difficult. It can be a great place to save some cash to let you buy that top dollar item on your wish list.
3. Tile: When it's time to start tile shopping, you quickly think of the major tile shop in your town. Most cities, however will have several discount tile shops where you can find deep dollar clearance lots. You might want that $12.99/sqft green glass tile, but friends, white 1" tile is always in style, and it can usually be found for less than $3.00/sqft if you know where to look.
4. Hardware: Seriously, have you seen the price of bathroom hardware these days? It's likely to give you a heart attack. That said, I'm not going to tell you to hit up the local Walmart and buy some $4.99 piece of junk aimed at renters. Instead, watch eBay. You can buy Restoration Hardware type pieces for Target prices and it's shipped to your door. Score!
5. Paint: Even though the idea of doing wall to wall and floor to ceiling tile is appealing, it can be pricey. Instead, keep the tile on the floor and just in the shower to cut costs and do the rest in paint. It's far less expensive and can add a great deal of color and drama to a space, even for those who like minimalistic design.
Have you recently remodeled a bathroom? Where did you cut corners? Share your experiences in the comments below!