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By Hannah Phillips


A couple transformed their bleak and boring static caravan into a glamourous dream holiday home using furniture from SKIPS and second hand shops – saving £1,100.

Aussie Linda Bennett, 29, and husband Chad, 29, from Singleton, New South Wales, bought the static caravan five months ago and spent three months revamping it on the cheap.

Mum-of-two Linda ransacked second hand shops and skips collecting cheap and unwanted furniture to fill up the caravan where she holidays with Chad and her two children, Vincent, one and Hayley, two.

And incredibly, the cost of transforming the luxury hideaway came in at £1,600 [$3,000 AUD] under their £2,700 [$5,000 AUD] budget.

Hairdresser Linda said: “It was really quite drab before but we absolutely love how its turned out.

“It’s everything we wanted and people who visit can’t believe we were so under budget.

“I found my bedhead in a junk pile and just cleaned it up a bit.

“We picked up the island for the kitchen from a junk pile on the side of the road, sanded the top and painted it to look good as new.

“I’m quite creative so I love doing things like that.

“You don’t need to get everything brand new if you’re on a budget.

“You’ve just got to look in the right places.”

The couple bought the bare holiday home five months ago for £7,400 [$14,000 AUD].

Seven months pregnant Linda and fitter husband Chad spent three days a week decorating the caravan, which is in Forster, two hours away from their home, themselves.

Linda managed to save a huge chunk her budget by buying her ornaments for 26p (50 cents) apiece in secondhand shops and the rest of the furniture on Facebook marketplace.

She added: “You just need to know where to look.

“We found a lot of stuff in the boxing day sales.

“The sofa in the lounge folds into an extra bed and its super comfy.

“It was only $100 on Facebook and the plates hung on the wall were 50 cents each.

“You don’t need to get everything brand new. You can get really nice things in secondhand shops.”

The couple plan to spend the money they’ve saved on their unborn baby, due in nine weeks, and treats for Hayley and Vincent.

Linda said: “We gutted the whole thing and painted it.

“We had a lot of work to do because the roof needed fixing and we had no hot water.

“We did it all with two kids running around. Chad is really handy.

“We did everything ourselves and we had the kids here the whole time because we don’t really have any family around.

“It’s so beautiful, it’s nice to get away from everything.

“We’re really excited about it and the kids will grow up loving it.”