Good Questions: Budget Resources

Good Questions: Budget Resources

Janel Laban
Jun 26, 2006

An email from Julie:
Dear AT,
I just jumped into a home purchase that is gonna make finances a bit tight. Any ideas on how to furnish an 1127 sq. ft. loft on the cheap?
Thanks, Julie
poor grad student, but soon to be condo owner!

Congratulations! 1127 feet is a lot of loft! Our first bit of advice is to take your time. Enjoy the open space and don't rush to fill it up or furnish it all at once.

The readers doing the cure would probably love to have lots of space and fewer belongings.

The best way to save money is to take the time to research and dream. What styles/colors/designers do you really like? What items do you need to live comfortably?

Once that is established you can use great budget resources like Craig's List and thrift stores with more confidence. If you are scanning often for specific items (coffee table, side chair) in specific styles (vintage scandanavian, organic modern) your chances for success go way up.

What are your tips on resources for good style on the cheap for Julie (and the rest of us!)?

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