Chances are if you're decorating your home on a budget, you've been to several local furniture stores to compare styles and prices and you're a bit overwhelmed. It's easy to get convinced by a salesperson to spend all of your money in one place. The other pitfall is to buy piecemeal and forget how things should really work together in your room.
To get started with shopping for bargain furniture, first go through as many catalogs and web sites as possible to decide what kind of look you like. Decide if you need a couch, a love seat, chairs, end tables - the whole nine yards. Then set out to shop, with pen in hand. Discount modern furniture and deals on antiques abound if you look in the right places.