If someone wants a new Rolls Royce but only has $1000 to spend, what do you say to them? Get an old, second hand car, work hard, earn money.
Don't bend over backwards for people on a low budget. My first comment to someone in this situation is that I will decide the design and there will be no arguments, as it's not worth your while to mess around with pleasing them—getting their opinion on layouts etc.— on such a low budget. It doesn't matter how little people are paying you, they will always be fussy with design if you give them the chance, so you have to cut them off at the knees with a reality check from the beginning.
Only last week I did such a site and enjoyed the freedom of doing a design I liked without it being ruined by the client.