Decorating your home can be expensive — but it doesn't have to be. There are so many ways to be thrifty, and for every new idea, there's something old you can sub in to make it happen. Finding those affordable alternatives is really just a matter of a little secondhand store shopping and a lot of creativity. That said, understanding what home items you should always buy new is important — because there are a few things that are worth splurging a little on, and others that you really don't have to.
For example, it's not just the cleanliness of the item that you have to worry about, it's also it's function and condition that you have to consider. While it might be cheaper to get a new set of pots and pans from a tag sale, and there's nothing a few cycles of the dishwasher won't clean, the wear on those types of items actually make them less functional. So saving some money to get used pots and pans isn't much of a victory if you're going to have to go out and get a brand new set a week later. On the flip side, a working toaster is a working toaster and if a neighbor is getting rid of theirs, you should definitely take advantage of the sale.
Here I'll break this down for you a bit more so that you have all of the resources you need to go into that second hand store or tag sale with the confidence and know-how to re-decorate wisely, safely, and on a budget.