Did you sell some of your old furniture to lower the cost of your recent move? Or, maybe you're just ready for a change and want a new look for your Springs at Jordan Creek apartment. Whatever the reason, you don't have to blow the budget on acquiring new furniture for your home. Here's some savvy shopping advice to help you get started.
You may not be able to afford an entire house full of furniture all at once, so think about the main pieces you need, such as a bed and a sofa. Start by buying the more expensive items, then move on to dressers, nightstands and coffee tables.
When you can, pay cash and avoid hefty interest payments over the next few years. By paying with cash, you're less likely to buy more than you should. Also avoid 0 percent financing come-ons. If you miss or are late with a payment, you can end up owing huge interest charges.
You know how we all lament that we can't find anything made in this country anymore. Well, that's not quite true when it comes to furniture, particularly if you're willing to shop secondhand. Many sturdy and stylish pieces sold in consignment stores, secondhand and antique shops, estate sales and similar venues were manufactured in the USA. Often, it's above-average quality for a reasonable price.
Do be careful when you're buying secondhand furniture pieces one at a time: you don't want a rummage sale look. Be patient, and don't settle until you find pieces that work together. If you're handy, you can touch up furniture with minor wear, but reupholstering chairs and sofas can add considerably to your costs.
Shopping Online vs. Retail
Online companies usually offer lower prices than you can find at a retail outlet because they ship directly from a factory or warehouse. The company doesn't have to bear the costs of a retail space – which the retailer passes on to you through higher prices. There's a caveat here, however: buying online may not always be the better deal when you add delivery charges.
Today's trendy colors will be old news by next season, so think how you'll feel about those colors as time goes by. If you're on a budget and will have to live with your furniture for a good long while, then choose carefully. Muted, natural colors are better than yesterday's lime green or today's bright orange. You can always dress them up with sofa pillows, throws and eye-catching decorator items.
Do you have money-saving tips for acquiring good quality furniture? We'd love to hear about them in the comments.