be a wallflower! jump
on over to the discussion boards
and get decorating help.
|SiGN UP! join
the DigsNews mailing list + we'll keep you posted about updates and other DIGS-related news .
where not to
skimp when you're decking out the digs
by Yee-Fan Sun | 1 2
not that Iím a miser, not really, I swear. But yes, Iíll admit: I have
a hard time parting with real money at times. With the exception of
my weakness for pricey funky shoes, Iím almost always pushing to find
the less expensive options. Call me nutty, but I just donít like the
idea of spending more money than I have to; I just canít buy into the
whole notion that expensive necessarily means better, that shiny-new
brand name is automatically best. Still, in my quest to find the best
price while accumulating the goods to decorate the olí nest, Iíve learned
the hard way that at times, thereís no getting around it: there are
some items for which it really is in your best interests not to skimp.
The real deals arenít
always about paying bottom dollar, but figuring out where you can afford
to cut back on costs --and where you just
might want to invest a little more moolah now to ensure
that in the long run, youíll save yourself money and time, frustration
and headache. If youíve just moved into a new pad and are starting
to think a bit about budget, check out these worthy decorating
splurges Ö guaranteed to give you good value for the money.
| Take it from someone whoís gone to extraordinary lengths
in the past to avoid plunking down the cash for a decent bed: with
mattresses, you really do get what you pay for. Iíve suffered through
Thermarests wrapped up in bed sheets, cheap air mattresses, concave
foam mattresses and lumpy futons before finally admitting defeat: thereís
no beating a proper mattress, the kind with springs and good padding,
the sort thatís made to last. True, if you know youíll be moving cross-country
in two-three years time anyway, thereís no sense spending the big bucks.
Most decently-made futons and budget mattresses will serve just fine
for a couple of years or so. But if thereís a good chance youíll be
staying put in the same region of the world for the foreseeable future,
donít cheapskate out: get the best mattress you can reasonably afford
to buy. Your back will thank you for it, and in the long run, youíll
save money too as that well-built mattress you paid real money for
lasts you a good many years to come.
| Yes, those two-pack $10 cheapies are very very tempting, I know,
but seriously, pay a little more for your pillow, and youíll
enjoy many more nights of beauty rest before you have to go out pillow
shopping again. The super budget pillows look just fine as accent pillows
to luxe-up your bed; they serve just dandy for occasional guest use.
But use them night after night after night, and a month or so down
the line, youíll find the fluffís all bunched up and matted down, and
you have to fold the pillow in half just to give your poor noggin some
semblance of cushion.
a-walkin' for more
lounge . nourish .
. laze . home.