Once upon a time, you were a broke college student, and the thrift store couch, cheap bar stools and folding chairs were all you could afford. Now that you're older with a steady job and solid bank account, save your money for pieces of furniture within your budget that are both well-made and stylish. Cheap furniture is often constructed from plywood and particle board, both of which can be damaged easily. The cheaper the furniture, the more frequently and quickly you'll have to replace it. Spend your time wisely and shop for pieces made from durable materials, like hardwood and iron.
Make a conscious effort to recycle and repurpose items from your own home as well, which is both convenient and cost-effective. A thorough sweep though your home can unveil rarely used and under-appreciated items perfect for another room's decorating scheme. No need to leave home to dig for the perfect craft supplies; doorknobs as tiebacks for curtains, and mirrors and chandeliers made from bottle collections are just a few ideas for projects that can transform a room from drab to fab in an instant!