1.Upgrading your wall art? Don’t spend a fortune

Building up an art collection doesn’t have to be crazy expensive. If you can’t bare white walls, there are plenty of websites that specialize in affordable art.

2.Add Something Old

Add character and save cash by buying your decor secondhand, a trick from former Bachelorette star Jillian Harris. Local thrift stores and flea markets (and don’t forget Craigslist) are all full of fun and practical finds that won’t cost a fortune.

3.DIY When You Can

If you’re up to the challenge, take on a DIY project — the beautiful results might surprise you. This bar cart is actually an inexpensive Ikea kitchen cart that was repurposed with green paint, wood stain, a bottle opener, and a towel bar.

4.Think Long-Term, Not Just For Now

Since it is likely you’ll be moving around for the next few years, pick items that can travel with you. Avoid oversize furniture and be sure to invest in pieces you’ll love for years to come.

5.Master the Art of Paint

Even the grungiest flea market piece has potential to be beautiful. A fresh coat of bright paint can make all the difference and will help your space look dressed up, even though you’re on a budget.

6.Get Creative With Storage

Yes, your first apartment is probably pretty tiny, but use organization to your advantage. While you can keep big items tucked away in a box under the bed or in your closet, keep jewelry, makeup, and other small collectables stored out in the open.

7.Buy Budget-Friendly Essentials

No adult should have to live with paper plates and sheets for curtains, but if you’re worried about all the little things adding up, there are ways to get what you need while staying on budget. Shopping for affordable apartment essentials means that you can squeeze everything you need into your budget.