How to Pay Less for Furniture

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Pay Less for Furniture

Pay Less for Furniture‘Tis the season when hundreds of thousands of college students head off to apartments and dorms.  Summer is also the time when many other adults move to new locations, often across country.

One of the biggest expenses when settling into a new place is furnishing your new digs.  Sure, if you go to the furniture store and buy everything brand new you’ll have quite an expensive bill, but it doesn’t have to be that way.  Instead, there are multiple strategies you can use to furnish your new home inexpensively.

1.  Ask around.  Chances are, a friend or relative has been thinking of upgrading or replacing their furniture.  Put out the word that you’re looking for furniture.  (Do this in person as well as on Facebook for greater reach.)  You’ll likely find someone who will have a few pieces.  The only problem here is that you’re not able to choose the pattern or design.

2.  Check out the thrift store.  Sometimes you’ll luck out and find quality thrift store pieces.  Often, however, you need to have vision.  One blogger has furnished her home completely in thrift store pieces.  However, what she saves in money she makes up for in elbow grease.  Many of her finds require sanding and new paint before they look home worthy.

3.  Don’t forget Craigslist.  Craigslist always has plenty of household goods and furniture listed.  Don’t forget that people expect to negotiate on Craigslist, so you can offer less than the price listed.  A person I know has good luck waiting until the third day of the ad, when it’s about to expire, and asking for a discount.  By then, the seller just wants to get rid of the item and will be more willing to negotiate.

4.  Consider items left out for trash.  Some people don’t want to bother with selling their items and just set them out for garbage pick-up.  Don’t be afraid to take these items.  My husband and I found a beautiful cedar chest left out by our neighbors.  We had no hesitation taking it and have used it for the past 10 years.

These strategies can save you a lot of money, but you have to be patient.  You’ll furnish your new place slowly with these tips.

If you want or need to have your home completely decorated quickly and do go to the furniture store, remember that you should negotiate there.  Don’t pay full price; you should be able to get a 10 to 20% discount at a minimum.

What are your favorite ways to save on home furnishings?