Once you have obtained your mortgage and purchased your new home, the next step is probably to start buying furniture for that home. Whether you got rid of most of your old furniture or you are moving from a smaller home or apartment into a larger one and will need more furniture to make it feel cozy, you can actually get the pieces you need without breaking the bank. Here are some suggestions for furnishing your home on the cheap:
- Find the best time to buy new items. If you have your heart set on buying something new, there are certain times of the year that are going to be better than others. For example, appliances are almost always going to be on sale during the month of December, leading up to the winter holidays. June, on the other hand, is often the best time to buy indoor furniture, unless the furniture stores in your area have massive Fourth of July sales. Pay attention to the sales cycles and wait to pick up your bigger pieces until the time is right.
- Be on the lookout for second hand items. Your friends might post on Facebook when they have furniture they want to get rid of, usually and a much lower price than what they originally paid for it. Depending on the friend, you might even be able to get it for free. This is a great way to get gently used items that will look just like new when you actually put them in your home. Even second hand stores will often have a great item for sale, if you can be the first one to see it and buy it. Consignment stores might be a little bit more expensive, but they will also usually have higher quality pieces.
- Make your own. A basic table isn’t really that hard to make. Upgrading a basic table is even easier and you don’t have to have any carpentry skills to get it done. In that same vein, you can make your own art for your walls and even your own throw blankets, usually for much less than you will pay if you were to go out and buy all of these items.