Monthly Archives: March 2010

Help! To buy or not to buy

A little birdie told me today that I could save a bunch of dough on the sofa I’m planning to purchase from Crate and Barrel this June.

It’s $1500 at C&B, but only $450 on Craigslist.  Here’s the catch:  the white fabric has a few stains that did not come out with professional cleaning, and there is a small tear in the armrest of the sofa.

I think, for that kind of savings, I could make it work.  I mean, if I bargain it down to $350, I save $1150.   That’s a lot of savings.  But is it worth it?

Here’s a peek at the brand-spankin’-new sofa from C&B:


I think I could easily throw a fun little blanket over the arm to cover it up.

And in reality, I’m the kind of girl who’s not embarassed to have a torn C&B sofa, if it means I got it at a huge discount.  Heck, I’d probably be proud to announce to guests that that tear scored me a bargain. I’m silly like that.

But what do you think?  Am I crazy to consider it?

Pretty in pink

Even though I’m on a cash-only, low-spending challenge for the next few weeks, I had to go ahead and purchase some of this perky pink fabric for a project in my next home.  The fabric has been discontinued so I needed to snag a yard of it before it’s gone.

Here’s some of the other fabrics I plan to pair it with for a big dose of cheer in a small neutral space.  I. Can. Not. Wait.

Question: Do you think these patterns and colors could work in a room that has pale gray paint and white molding on the walls?

I guess I’m just hopelessly in love with pink and green, even if the boyfriend does say it looks like a watermelon combo.  Here’s hoping the new room turns out better than my pink and green living room.

Tonic Living has a slew of reasonably-priced fun fabrics and they’re quickly becoming my favorite online fabric retailer.  If you haven’t checked them out yet, you should!

Live a little

With the plant-attacking foster kittens finally adopted out to a permanent home, my living room was ready to live a little.  I couldn’t wait bring the outdoors in with a small grouping of houseplants.  They’re fresh, they’re cheerful, and you can’t beat having a real live air filter.

DIY Air Filters

This little grouping only set me back 20 bucks, pots and all, during my last trip to Ikea.  And let me tell you, they seem to really be enjoying the little bit of sunlight they get in that window.  I wanted an interesting grouping of textures, so I paired the spiky leaves of the aloe with a small bushy plant and the taller braided tree.  I really like how it turned out.

DIy Air filters

Ahhh, that bright dose of green really does keep things cheerful.  I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for gardening season.  These guys will tide me over until then.

The Frugal Abode

Inspired by a post at my favorite personal finance website, I Will Teach You To Be Rich, today I’m starting a “cash only” challenge for the next 4 weeks.  I’m also going to take on a no-new-stuff challenge, limiting my spending to just the necessities – groceries and gas and pet supplies.  And chocolate.

Why am I doing this?

Simply put, I want to save more money.   I used to suck at managing money, but I’ve become pretty financially savvy in the last year.  Heck, I even boycotted heat all winter just to save some extra dough.  I sock away a good chunk of my paycheck in savings each month.  But my rent is going up when I move, I’ve got my eye on some new furniture, and I love to travel. And I really just want to see how much I can cut my spending . . . before I head to my fave vaca spot, Miami, on May 1st!

How will I do it?

On each payday (first one is today) I’ll withdraw cash for my biweekly budget from my bank account.  Once I’ve spent the cash, that’s it until the next paycheck.  If I end up with a surplus, it can be put in savings.  I plan to do whatever it takes to have leftovers for savings.

Other Inspirations:

I’d be a lame-o slacker if I didn’t mention my other inspiration:  Katie at Making This Home.  Katie is a simple living, non-shopping,  sensible spending goddess.  She kicks some majorly sensible butt when it comes to not cluttering a home with unnecessary stuff, and she’s living a fabulous life with her husband in a 480 square foot apartment in Berlin, Germany.

Will I Be Bored?

Heck no.  In clear defiance of my New Years resolutions, I’ve still got a slew of unfinished projects.  And with April 25 just around the corner, now we’ve got a move to pack for.  And when I find myself wanting to shop, I’ll simply ask myself:  What’s gonna make me happier in the long run? “Stuff” that I buy on impulse shopping trips?  Or memories of fabulous travels and coming home to a beautifully furnished and decorated home?

Reference Articles for All:

Here’s a couple of my favorite articles at I Will Teach You To Be Rich:  The Cash Only challenge, and a not-so-average take on the housing market.