You want to make some changes to your space but you have no funds. You don't mean this in a dramatic way, but literally have no funds. Never fear, there are still some great ways to redo a room for very low to no cost.
1. Freecycle.org- If you aren't already a member of this terrific group you should go and join today. Freecycle has sub-sites all over the country which promote gifting items you aren't using in an effort to keep things out of landfills. You can offer and ask for items you'd like such as paint, curtains, rugs, etc. I've gifted and received many great items over the years.
2. ReStore- This shop is part of Habitat for Humanity and offers used and new building materials at a fraction of the cost. Often times items are so severely discounted you'll feel as if you've entered DIY heaven.
3. Craigslist- Remember that CL has a free section. I've seen bookcases, bed frames, and pretty much everything else you can imagine. With a little paint you can unify a few unmatched pieces of furniture. Or, just go with an eclectic look which seems to be the style now anyway.
4. Home Depot- Never underestimate your local hardware shop for some terrific scores. Home Depot has a discount paint section where for just $5 you can pick up a gallon of mixed paint. The color that wasn't just right for it's intended customer might be just right for you. Home Depot also has quarts for just $1. I try to grab a few good colors to keep on hand for projects.
5. Friends and Family- When you are looking for furniture it doesn't hurt to ask your close friends and family if they have any straggling pieces in the basement or garage. My friends and I often exchange furniture that no longer fits our space. One man's trash is definitely this gal's treasure!
These are just a few of the great resources for heavily discounted items and free items that I have come to count on for DIY on a budget. Do you have other places you've found to be a great resource? Feel free to share your own tips in the comment section!