How To Furnish Your Home On A Tight Budget
When it comes to buying furniture, there is one thing that most people can agree on: It's expensive. If you are just moving out on your own and you don't have furniture for your new home, the idea of going furniture shopping can be intimidating. For one thing, you likely can't afford much, so that knocks out a lot of places that sell furniture. But, it is possible to furnish your new home with a very tight budget. You just have to know a few things to get the job done.
Look for clearance furniture sales
The biggest deal you can get on furniture is finding clearance furniture sales. Your local stores may have these type of sales from time to time, but you are more likely to find these clearance deals from online retailers that specialize in clearance and discount furniture. This is not furniture that was made very cheaply either. They are name-brand, high quality pieces of furniture that are probably only a couple of years old.
Once a brand comes out with new furniture models, the furniture stores will put the older ones on clearance or even sell them to the online retailers that sell clearance-priced furniture. Everybody wins because the furniture store now has room for the new stuff and the clearance furniture store can now sell you the older furniture for a deeply discounted price.
Buy necessary furniture pieces first
If you are trying to get furniture for your first place, you might think you have to buy everything now. Unless you are wealthy, that is not likely to happen because you will likely be on a very tight budget. So, you need to focus on the necessary pieces first: a bed, a dresser, a couch, and a coffee table.
Everything else not mentioned, while nice, is not necessary when you are first starting out. You need a bed to sleep on, a dresser to put your clothes in, a couch to sit on, and a coffee table to put things on. You don't need anything else until you can afford to buy it.
You might be thinking, "Don't I need a dining table and chairs?" While you will want to get a dining set at some point, it shouldn't be included when you are first buying furniture - unless you get such a great deal on everything that you have enough left in your tight furniture budget. But don't cut corners on other pieces of furniture, such as the bed, just so you can afford a dining set. After all, you can sit on your couch and eat your meals.
Consider focusing on one room at a time
After you get your necessary furniture pieces, you may wonder how to go about getting the rest of the furniture you need. The best thing to do is focus on one room at a time and then set a budget goal. For instance, say you saw a dining set that you love and it has a $400 price tag? You would need to save up that amount of money before you could buy it.
So, instead of waiting until you get a large amount of money again, simply save up the money that is needed for the dining set and buy it. After that, you can work on getting more furniture for the living room, and so on.
Sure, buying furniture on a tight budget can be difficult, but it is still possible. You just have to look in the right places and have your furniture priorities in order first.