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Home Library: Budget Living Home Cheap Home

I'm still mourning the demise of Budget Living magazine, which — in case you missed it — was one of the most wonderful and short-lived magazines ever. Guided by a "spend smart, live rich" philosophy, the surprisingly stylish periodical covered all things thrifty: cheap and chic fashion, entertaining on a budget, investing for dummies, and home decorating. The homes they featured were some of the most creative I've ever seen, and the fact that they were done on a budget made it even more impressive.

Thankfully, the editors left behind a book to remember them by, called Budget Living Home Cheap Home. I think it may be out of print, but you can find tons of copies online. If you opened to any page, you wouldn't know that this was an "on-the-cheap" decorating book: It looks more like a mix of stunning, chic design and DIY ideas.

Offering quick fixes and long-term solutions, the guide is divided up by room and style and features the best of Budget Living's home galleries. There's a crave-worthy living room that measures just 290 square feet, a Victorian mansion in the Catskills with a playful Addams Family look, and a bedroom decorated with massive collections of sock monkeys and ladies' gloves (trust me, it's awesome). I've gotten tons of ideas from Home Cheap Home about decorating and rearranging rooms, and it's also full of fun craft and home-improvement projects.

Did you ever read Budget Living? If so, have you checked out this book?

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posey posey 9 years
i was a loyal subscriber, and then i just stopped getting them. :( had no idea there was a book though! thanks so much for the recommendation!
books-and-shoes books-and-shoes 9 years
Thanks for the heads up Casa! I added it to my wishlist.
discocactus discocactus 9 years
I loved this magazine until it went under and took my subscription money. I'll have to see if the book as at my library.
ALSW ALSW 9 years
Sounds great!
thatsmypurse thatsmypurse 9 years
Thanks for the recommendation, I love the stuff on the cover!
Nightwind Nightwind 9 years
Yes, Yes, yes! I am ordering this right now on Amazon!
honeysugar28 honeysugar28 9 years
Me too! I'm always looking for tips on making my place cuter on a budget.
Reebs_RI Reebs_RI 9 years
How did I miss this mag? & now it's gone? Sigh - I'll have to see about this book.
emily0717 emily0717 9 years
I LOVED that magazine -- I still have all of my issues saved b/c I can't bear to part with them. Such great ideas. FYI: last i read, Sarah Gray Miller (former ed in chief) is the special issues editor for In Style special issues (like In Style Weddings, In Style Beauty, etc)
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
i read that magazine a few times myself. i wonder why they went bust? i'll have to look out for that book you recommended
Nan-Einhart Nan-Einhart 9 years
I loved that magazine, but one of my old faves, Victoria, a totally different kind of magazine, has been reborn. Maybe Budget Living will have the same fate. So....Budget Living lovers....push!!
c0rkie c0rkie 9 years
they ended the magazine!?!!
everythingnice everythingnice 9 years
just ordered it thank you, its gonna be perfect for when i move. I can redecorate for cheap.
MissLee82 MissLee82 9 years
Thanks for profiling this book! I had not heard of the magazine but sure wish it was still in circulation. I am going to order the book. :)
erinsauce erinsauce 9 years
just bought it for less than $2 on amazon. thanks for the rec!
WhatTheFrockBlog WhatTheFrockBlog 9 years
This is the second day in a row that I've owned the book you've profiled here. I LOVE this book!
kurniakasih kurniakasih 9 years
:cry: I've been wondering what happened to this magazine. I've been searching high and low. This was my fave magazine before my pregnancy--it was a hard pregnancy so it's forgotten for awhile--then they just disappear! I'm heartbroken... At least, there's a book. I'll be sure to pick it up.
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