One easy way to make the build out of your home theater more affordable is to spread it out over several years. This way as you purchase a component, you can focus on it alone, research it and find what’s the best value. But how do you get started given all of the components required to create a home theater (display, receiver, speakers, blu-ray player)? Well, I started my home theater with hand-me down equipment and the purchase of a Fisher Hi-Fi VCR back in college. The system was simple but lots of fun to watch. My father gave me an old Realistic tube Receiver and Bose 301 Speakers. Paired with my 13″ Zenith color TV in my dorm room, it was unbelievable at the time. So, how do you get started? Find some budget equipment! Cruise your local garage sales, go on Craig’s List or just drive around a nice neighborhood on trash day (I once saw someone throw out a decent Onkyo receiver!).