Whether you just want to spruce up your home, or you have moved into a new home, buying new furniture can be quite intimidating, especially when you’re on a tight budget. However, it does not need to be. Here are a few tips on how to furnish your home for cheap:
1. Buy Used
Brand new furniture is expensive, that’s why you should consider looking for used ones. Most stores overprice furniture because they know that you need them and you’ll have to buy them. But be smarter. Make a list of all the furniture you would be happy getting second hand, and then invest some time checking out second-hand shops, flea markets, yard sales, stoop sales, thrift shops, and car boot sales. You might find some gorgeous yet affordable pieces, tucked away in very unlikely places.
2. Look for Deals Online
Online classifieds such as Craigslist allow consumer-to-consumer sales, usually at lower prices than in stores. You will find great deals on sellers’ previously used furniture at a lower cost than purchasing it new from the retailer. In addition to Craigslist, you can also your social media feeds to announce to friends, co-workers, and family that you are looking for (in good shape) furniture.
3. Shop from Big Box Stores
Consider visiting some Big Box stores since their prices are usually lower than the regular furniture retailer shops. Most of the furniture retailer stores tend to inflate prices, and then offer “discounts” which are contingent on opening that particular’s store’s credit card. Avoid all that by buying your furniture at the Big Box Stores.
4. Time Your Shopping
After you have decided that you want to furnish your home, it can be tempting to just go the furniture store and buy everything you want. Do not do it. Instead, be patient and wait to see if anything turns up at an affordable price, Furniture shops usually offer sales on most holidays, so consider delaying your purchase till the next ‘holiday sales event.’
Some furniture retailers also do have sales events during a certain period before some new models are released (usually during summer or winter), so as to clear out the old stock. Keep an eye out for such sales and you’ll save plenty of money,
5. Try DIY
If you have some skills, you do not have to spend a lot of money furnishing your home. Making certain pieces of furniture can be more economical than purchasing. There are furniture pieces you can actually make on your own, This will save you a lot of money, and will also allow you to customize your furniture as you deem fit.
6. Do Price Comparisons
When you are on a tight budget, you want to ensure you are getting the most bang for your buck. In order to do this, you will need to carefully shop around for the very best prices. Doing this will enable you to make a well-informed decision, and in turn, save some money,