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As we near the end of 2008, many folks are looking for ways to trim their budget, but at Apartment Therapy, we've been on the hunt for smart money ideas for life at home all along. This past year we looked at how to collect quality furniture without much money, painless ways to save at home, money saving home improvement tips and good sources for furnishing a first apartment on a budget plus plenty more. In honor of an even thriftier 2009, we've gathered up some of the best posts about budget living from the whole year - jump below for some smart inspiration:

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How To: Collect Quality Furniture When You Don't Have Much Money

Designer Michael Bargo Furnishes His First Apartment

How to: Refresh Your Home Decor In a Recession

Organizing on a Budget: Cereal Box Magazine Holders

5 Ways to Set the Table on a Budget

Flea Market Shopping with Eddie Ross

How To... Make Your Home Nice and Save Money

$500 Room Makeover

Budget Luxury: Use Wrapping Paper to Line your Drawers

11 Ways To Save Money At Home, Painlessly

7 Money-Saving Home Improvement Tips

Simple Smart Money Ideas from 4 Wiser (and Older) Ladies