A Beautiful Brooklyn Home Designed on a Tight Budget | this couple and their young son live in an expensively decorated home. Marcus and Alicia furnished their whole apartment for under $4000. They attribute their savings to shopping at thrift stores, eBay, Salvation Army, and Craigslist. Basically any place that sells gently used furniture. They've come up with clever ways to store stuff, divide the space and more. Their place looks like a million bucks on a budget.