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3. Neighborhood Rivals

Budget buster: "My friend down the street just redecorated her entire home from top to bottom, and it looks amazing! Everything is brand new, and between you and me, I’m so jealous. I can’t have anyone over to our place until I do something just as lovely."

Breathe easy: This game of Keeping Up With the Joneses is a longtime battle that can get you in serious money trouble if you’re not careful. What's more, if you didn’t budget for large purchases, it’s best to stay away from them.

Still want to redecorate? Hold a yard sale to purge those items you no longer want, and then take some time to scope out local flea markets, Craigslist, and even your own home for treasures. With a little creativity, you can have beautiful, customized pieces that will make your home the envy of the neighborhood.

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