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Open House: Where Do You Cut Back?

Unless you're a celebrity with money to burn, or just one very successful lay-dee, most of us have to cut back somewhere when it comes to furnishing and renovating our homes. I myself have been known to drop big bucks at high-end design shops and haggle over flea market finds in the same day. And although I'll concede that spending money on my house itself is in most cases a better investment than purchasing furnishings to fill it with, sometimes I just can't restrain myself from bringing home a beautiful lamp or having a chair reupholstered. Some of you may be renters, and it wouldn't make sense to spend on renovations. Or maybe you'll splurge on an antique dining table, but pair it with Ikea chairs. Maybe you spend on your interiors, but haven't given a thought to buying even a plant for your front stoop, let alone hiring a landscaper. Maybe you don't spend any money on your home at all. Tell me where you fit in by commenting below!

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LoveSarah LoveSarah 8 years
Thrift stores are my favorite. You would be amazed at the things people donate to them. Also, hand me downs work really well. I have the most beautiful sectional sofa in a wonderful brown color, it is gorgeous and everyone always wants to know how much I paid for it, but it was free. My god mom used it for a month, and then moved and decided she wanted something else! I will buy new pillows and blankets and things like that, but a little trinket or shelf doesn't need to be brand new as long as it is in good condition.
sofi sofi 8 years
We've cut back on decorating and adding furniture, but we are always debating renovations to the house and possible additions. At this point, we are thinking about the value it will add to the house. Later on, we'll get back into the decorating.
tee0206 tee0206 8 years
Well, considering the fact that I'm just a couple of years out of college, most of my furniture is a mixture of Ikea, Target, and vintage. However, I'm starting a new, much better paying job soon, and I plan to splurge on a nice bed.
magickalrealism magickalrealism 8 years
We have the "buy it and stay put" philosophy because my boyfriend is a grad student and I'm self-employed. If the cost of DIY does not offset the cost of brand new, we go with brand new. So far the only truly restored piece I have is a vanity I got from a friend - I stripped it and painted it white. Everything else is a very careful, planned assembly chosen according to how we live our lives on a day to day basis. There are no cutbacks, because everything we purchase involves a LOT of planning ahead.
lawchick lawchick 8 years
WOW oneprettything!! I don't buy as many fresh flowers now. I also try to put off major purchases (like a big rug) as long as possible. oftentimes I decide against it after a few months. however, we just ordered a new living room rug last weekend after the dog threw up grass on it. again. GROSS!!!
oneprettything oneprettything 8 years
I cut back by doing everything I can by myself. I laid my floors, I painted my walls, I refinished secondhand store furniture, I could go on and on. If I could do it, I did. And now a finished house that is ME top to bottom, with money left over. Now if I see a piece of art that I love, or a gorgeous but pricey indoor tree,I can buy it. Knowing that I would have money leftover for indulgences was what kept me going when it was 2am and I was in paint up to my eyeballs.
RosaDilia RosaDilia 8 years
I stopped buying flowers and plants for the front of the house because the squirrels in my area are out of control. They eat and dig up the flowers. Sofas and other furniture for the house most of the items are from garage sales and moving sales. I have a sofa that I bought in fairly new condition from a neighbor who was moving for $100. Right now i'm looking into splurging on a new washer/dryer set and a Viking stove.
TahitiMoo TahitiMoo 8 years
We buy high end kitchen things, and laundry. As for a couch, we just shop around until we find one we both enjoy, expensive or not. As for the coffee table, dining table, and chairs, it's whatever we can find that looks nice. My boyfriend doesn't really like buying used things, so we do end up buying from regular stores most of the time. I grew up with garage sales though.
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