Furnishing Your Home On A Budget
After moving into you first home it is tempting to rack up thousands and thousands of credit card debt to fill it with brand new furniture and a tv that’s larger than your car. Here are 4 ways to furnish your home without breaking the bank.
One by one…
Concentrate on one room at a time. Decorating 4 or 5 rooms at once can be overwhelming and expensive! This will spread out the costs over a longer time and be a lot less of an impact on your wallet.
Start with one room and form a vision for what type of look your going for(Pinterest is an excellent place for inspiration). Next , measure out the space to see how much room you have This will guide you to the size of your furniture and how to lay it out. Once you have your look, and know the size make a list of some items you may want.
Estate sales, Garage sales, craigslist, letgo and more
In the summer months take a drive around your neighborhood and be on the lookout for garage sales. They can be an excellent place to get quality furniture, artwork, tools, and more!
Another low-cost option is using buying and selling apps like Craigslist, letgo, Offerup, and Facebook marketplace. Once you download the app you can search thousands of online listings and sort them by whatever item you are looking to find. Since they are mostly used you can buy them for a fraction of the cost.
Ask your friends and family
The first thing you should do when you are ready to furnish your home is ask your friends and family for any furniture they no longer want or need. A couple of ”donations” could save you thousands!
Furniture can be very expensive, and most people have stuff lying around that they no longer want taking space. So just ask. You never know what people are willing to give you or what hidden treasure you can get by just asking.
Give it time
The accumulation of furniture, decorations, lighting, and appliances is a slow process. Don’t go into debt the first week you move in by buying designer furniture and high end art. Let it happen slowly and naturally. Before you know it, you will be having your own garage sale and giving away the furniture that is now collecting dust and taking up space.