A nice couch just isn't in our budget right now. What should we do?
Beg, borrow, or steal an old sofa from a parent or another relative (even if it's a total eyesore), then just slipcover it. And don't think slipcovers have to look sloppy and makeshift; sleek versions are now made in a wide variety of materials for about $79 to $169 (browse through Surefit for options).
If you don't have a hand-me-down sofa, you may be able to afford a nicer new one than you think. Check out CB2.com and RoomandBoard.com, both of which sell very stylish designs for less than $1,000; and at Ikea.com, you can find ones in the $400 range. One note: Don't try to save dough by buying a loveseat -- two people almost never fit in them, and it will wind up as an oversize chair. Put the money toward a sofa instead.
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