Most people moving into their first home can get so caught up budgeting for deposits and moving fees that they forget about the cost of furnishing their new place. Whilst mattresses, sofas and white goods are likely to be the only expensive items, there can be a long list of other items to consider which can all add up. Fortunately, there are many ways to save costs for those that are tight for cash. Here are some methods to consider.
Hit the sales
Sales in large retail outlets can often be a good place to find a deal. The biggest sales to shop for discounts are the January Sales and Black Friday. There will be other seasonal sales throughout the year – many retail outlets will practically have a permanent sale on. It’s worth always shopping around as some discounts may not always be as great as they may seem. For example, some retail outlets may deliberately overprice items to begin with so that they can bring them down to an average price later on, making it look like a fantastic deal due to the huge discount.
You can save a lot by shopping second-hand. This may include websites such as local second-hand sites like Gumtree. However, it could also include jumble stores and garage sales. If you’re shopping online, look for honest sellers that supply photographs and have good reviews. Try to meet up in person so that you can inspect the item’s condition for yourself. Avoid some second-hand items such as mattresses – such items may contain bacteria from the previous owner.
Couponing is a great way to save money on all kinds of purchases. By collecting coupons to various home furnishing stores, you may able to save a lot of money. Groupon is one of the most popular coupon sites and is great for seeking out vouchers and promo codes. You may also be able to find coupons in magazines and newspapers.
Try bidding sites
Many people that want their items sold as soon as possible will take them to auction. These auctions, especially online ones, can be great places to pick up deals. Bidding sites such as Dealdash allow you to bid on items you want within a set time limit. Of course, you should aim to bid carefully and always go into a bid with a maximum price you’re willing to pay.
Ask friends and family
Friends and family may have furniture sitting in a loft or garage that may have been inherited. They may be able to sell this to you cheaply or even offer it to you for free. It’s worth always asking if people have any furniture that they’re eager to shift. Even if it’s not to your taste, it could make a good temporary option whilst you save up for something more to your liking.