September 29, 2016

I remember when I graduated college at age 21. I was super excited to move out of my parents’ house, but…the way my bank account was set up.

I didn’t have the funds I needed to make my move to independence. It took me 2 years to buy a car, save and find a place. When I did, I was surprised at how expensive “freedom” was. Le sigh…

There were so many things to pay for now that I was “grown”. I had to buy pots & pans, something to eat with (plates, silverware, cups etc.), and furniture.

I, like many new college graduates, opted to go to IKEA… for everything, especially furniture. Why? Their prices were just right and the choices were super cute.

Fast forward 15 years… I know right?! I don’t look a day over 25. *insert I-dare-you-to-say-something smile*.

I’m now running a successful business, The Budgetnista, with staff, clients and customers worldwide. Despite my growth, I never had an “official” office…until recently.

Less than a month ago I signed my very first lease for an office space. Now I’m left with similar decisions as my 21-year old self. Where am I going to find everything I need for a super cute, funky office, without breaking the bank?

One word: IKEA

(jumping for joy in my new office)

As I’ve transitioned forward, so has IKEA! Their quality, varied selection and range of designs have only improved while maintaining their fair and Budgetnista Certified prices.

Not everyone is interested in the “white picket fence”. The new Dream is to live life on your own terms.

They are committed to producing well-designed, quality, functional and affordable furnishings that accommodate your diverse lifestyle and wallet. Everyone deserves a home (or office) that they love, that is sustainable, looks good and works well – and where they can live and work, happily with family and friends. They understand the cost of living hikes and that college tuition is sky high, but no matter what the dream, IKEA wants to help their customers achieve it. That’s straight from Lars Petersson, the IKEA US President!

So what does all of this mean? It means I’ll be headed back to IKEA again, this time with a slightly larger budget, but the same excitement in my heart. It means that you can LIVE RICHER and IKEA is here to help you do so. It means that as your dreams shift and grow, there is always a space and place for you to realize them.

And lastly, it means that my new office is about to be soooo LIT! Lol! (stay tuned for before & after pics).

Soooo, what is YOUR updated dream? What does it look like for you now? I’d love to know. Please share in the comments.

Live richer,


My Lisa Rule: I have 4 sisters and Lisa is the baby (we’ll she’s not a baby anymore). Of all of my sisters, I’m the most protective over her. Before I share any product or service with you, it must pass my Lisa Rule.

What’s the Lisa Rule? If I would not advise Lisa to use a product or service (if she was in a similar position as you), I won’t advise you to. YOU are my Lisa. I feel protective over you and your financial journey.

IKEA passes my Lisa Rule. Yes, I am a paid brand ambassador of IKEA, but I would not recommend a product or service that I didn’t believe was helpful and useful. I’ve been an IKEA customer for 15 years… we’re kind-of besties now. 🙂

About the Author Tiffany Aliche

Tiffany “The Budgetnista” Aliche, is an award-winning teacher of financial education, America’s favorite, personal financial educator, and author of the New York Times Bestselling book, Get Good with Money. The Budgetnista is also an Amazon #1 bestselling author of The One Week Budget and the Live Richer Challenge series and most recently, a children's book, Happy Birthday Mali More.

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  1. Live life on your own terms! Yes, that is exactly what I’ve set my heart to do with intention. I can’t even imagine otherwise. 🙂 Thank you for sharing and inspiring Tiffany!

  2. My new dream is to have my credit score so high that when I want/need to purchase a large ticket item, I don’t have to wait to “fix” my score. My dream is to have a financial portfolio and able to travel when I want.

  3. IKEA is great, but definitely don’t overlook the craigslist, second-hand market, especially if you want to be funky and mix it up! huge savings and recycling to boot!

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