I think a lot of times, we can lament our lack of funds to do big projects, and in the process, ignore all the small, inexpensive things we can do around the house that can change the overall look and feel. One of these things I did recently was getting a new shower curtain rod and hooks. My original rod, as provided by my landlord, was a ridged white tension rod. Ridged. Great idea...a ridged rod. You know, so every bit of grime can sink in and gunk up. Perfect. I had the same roller ball wire hooks forever. Together, they annoyed the crap out of me.
So, I did something about it. I think I dropped all of about $10-15 for the SMOOTH metal tone rod at Big Lots and some brilliant hooks that have two hooks--one on each side--that make it easy to take off and replace both the curtain and liner. Genius. I got those for a fairly cheap price as well--about $10 at Lowe's.
And voila! Less than $20 for a clean start!
[Edit: While cleaning out my receipts, I found that I paid exactly $10 for the rod and $7 for the hooks at Target!]