When most people think of ways to save money their minds don’t usually consider the topic of furniture. This is probably because furniture can easily be considered a living necessity. However, it doesn’t have to be a very expensive necessity.
Most furniture is expensive and people have just shelled out the money for it without questioning. With a little effort, though, buying furniture can be affordable.
These 5 tips for buying furniture can save you hundreds of dollars the next time you need to furnish a room.
- Search the web. Checking the Internet for prices and deals on any purchase is a good money saving practice. Sites like Overstock.com have good deals on items that have been overproduced and thus cost less than they normally would. Craigslist is a site that shows your classified ads in your area and can help you re-buy furniture directly from other people so you avoid the expense of having a middleman. eBay is another good site to check. Sometimes the cost of shipping is expensive, but usually the sale price is better than what you can find at a store.
- Stay away from upscale furniture stores. Large furniture chains offer good prices on furniture, but try to avoid the smaller, ritzier ones. The furniture in these stores will be much pricier, and you won’t always get a corresponding increase in quality. Before purchasing furniture from a store, make sure you’ve checked both online and in other stores to compare the prices of similar pieces of furniture.
- Ask around. Most of your friends probably aren’t looking to unload their furniture, but it never hurts to ask. Let your friends and co-workers know that you’re looking for furniture and they may be able to point you in the direction of a good buy or even sell you a couple of pieces themselves. This is even more likely to happen if one of your friends is currently moving. Asking people you know is both free and effective.
- Assemble yourself. Buying furniture that you can assemble yourself is much cheaper than having a furniture store assemble furniture for you. Stores charge a hefty price for their work that you don’t need to pay. If you’re willing to put in a little time and effort, you’ll discover that furniture assembly isn’t as hard as many people think it is. Recruit a friend to help you and you may even find that you enjoy assembling your own furniture. The best part is that the more furniture you assemble the faster and easier it becomes.
- Be creative. Exercising some creativity can help you give your home a unique feeling and save you money at the same time. Why pay thousands of dollars for the same furniture everyone else has when you develop your own style for much less. Try to find ways to reuse old fabrics, wood, and other materials to fashion your own furniture or to put artistic touches on what you already own. The end result will look original and appealing and best of all you will have saved money doing it.