My current apartment is furnished with furniture thrifted from Craiglist, IKEA pieces, or hand-me-downs from the parents. In fact, our place has no piece of furniture that costs us more than $100.
Now that I am moving across the country, I will need at least new furniture in my bedroom: a bed frame, mattress, desk, etc.
For one split, fleeting second, I considered buying a used mattress off a graduating MBA student. Then I realized that my fear of bedbugs overwhelms my desire to save money. In fact, even my mother (who is the most dedicated saver I know), counseled me against buying used furniture because of the pain and hassle that comes from a bedbug infestation. That stuff is no joke.
Fortunately, Overstock has some bedframes and mattresses for $200 each. That’s even cheaper than many IKEA options! The low prices mean that I can put together a bed & linens for under $500. I can afford it, and I will consider that an investment in my peace of mind. And when I fall asleep, I shall dream of the $2,000 mattress I once tried and loved.