Adulting: styling your home when you have no money
Whether you've bought a place (and therefore have no money) or you're saving for one, it's nice to come home to an environment that doesn't feel like a hovel. But forking out for new furniture can be pretty low on the priority list. Never fear, you can make your house feel like a home without denting your bank account balance.
Find buy, swap and sell communities
In Melbourne there's a Facebook community called My Stuff, Your Stuff and it's rammed with cool furniture and homewares that hipsters are happily discarding. Whatever your taste, there'll be something for you. Chances are you'll find the 1950s sideboard that'll look perfect in your hallway, vintage mirrors and even pot plants to greenify your home. These social media groups are everywhere, so ask your mates which ones they're in to find hidden treasure.
If you're styling on a budget, make an experience out of it and take a road trip to a regional market. They happen everywhere and they're full of sweet finds for your home that won't break the bank.
All you need to do is Google regional markets in your state. Most government websites update their listings regularly. Just like that you get a great day out and a new swag of stuff to make your humble abode that bit prettier.
Heaps of homewares retailers have regular warehouse sales and slash the cost of their fancy wares. Keep an eye on the guys from Hunting for George and Milk and Sugar, for example. They often hold big sales and offer a stack of bargains. Sign up to their mailing lists so you're in the know.