5 Smart Ways to Save on Furniture is a guest post written by Mariana Ashley
As much as I hate to see her go, my daughter finally decided to leave the coop and live entirely on her own (no roommates). I told her to stay a home a little longer until she was a tad bit more on her feet, but she said she would be fine—”I’ve saved,” she told me. But despite saving all of her checks for several months, she was shocked to see how much furniture actually costs—a brand spanking new mattress alone set her back an easy $400. And that’s considered a steal to some; higher quality mattresses can run as much as a grand. And she needs everything—dining room set, a couch, a coffee table. But as I explained to my daughter there are some ways you can cut back on costs and walk out of the furniture store with a bargain. To learn some of the most practical ways on how to save on furniture for your new apartment or home, continue reading below.
1. Ask Family Members/ Friends. Always turn to the people you know first before stepping foot in a furniture store. Your brother-in-law or best friend’s sibling might be trying to get rid of some furniture for free—and anything free (or nearly free) is much appreciated. That’s not to say that friends and family members are going to offer you ultra chic items, in fact some might be rather ugly. But that’s not something that can’t be corrected with a little creativity. For example, you may need a couch cover to disguise a hideous couch, but you will certainly save on furniture. A $100 couch cover vs. a $600 new couch is a huge difference. Not to mention you can wash couch covers (no pricey upholstery cleaning needed).
2. Shop at Garage Sales, Yard Sales, and Estate Sales to Save on Furniture. It takes a lot of hard work and time, but if you go about it the right way you may just end up finding some really inexpensive home furnishings. To make the process a little easier and also to ensure that you don’t waste your gas going from garage sale to garage sale with not a single piece of furniture, try to do a little research before going on your hunt. Check the classified section of the local newspaper; they often have advertisements for garage sales and estate sales that provide a short preview of items to be sold. Some online classified sections even provide images so that you know whether going to check the item out in person is even worth your time or not. As a bonus, most prices are negotiable—you can definitely haggle for a cheaper price or a better deal with individual sellers. Remember that sites that work similar to garage sales, such as craigslist, also sell used furniture at a reduced price. The only issue is getting the furniture to your new residence—the person may live rather far away and you may have to pay hefty delivery charges.
3. Resale/ Consignment Shops. You might also find a really good deal at a resale shop. Some of the items might be a little dated, but to be honest most older furnishings are of higher quality and built to last longer. They’re also broken in—have you sat on an IKEA couch recently? Ouch. An additional plus is that you’ll most likely end up with a unique item.
4. Shop Online. When buying new, it’s important that you look at the store’s website first. Often times stores well have exclusive “web deals” that are not offered in-store. Add promotional coupons and you may get a great bargain. If you are the member of certain web sites like overstock.com, you can also get exclusive web deals—sometimes as much as 75% of the original price.
5. Be Aware of Timing of Sales. Lastly, you also want to aim to purchase furniture during high-tide sale times, we’re talking about Memorial Day, Labor Day and Veteran’s Day—this is the time where new inventory comes in, so stores slash the prices to get rid of old merchandise. And always remember that when purchasing new merchandise, it is your right as a consumer to receive it in mint condition. If there is a scratch on the piece of furniture or any other type of flaw, you should ask for a discount. So inspect in thoroughly before making any final decisions.
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About the Author:
Mariana Ashley is a freelance writer who particularly enjoys writing about online colleges. She loves receiving reader feedback, which can be directed to mariana.ashley031 @gmail.com.