So you’re super excited to move into your new place, but after the deposit and first month’s rent have been paid, there isn’t much money left over for furniture. If you are trying to solve this problem, we are here to help.
Here are our top tips for making a teeny, tiny budget stretch a long way – and leave your new place looking great.
- Beg, borrow and steal. Got a social media account? Of course you do. Let it be known on Facebook, Google Plus and Twitter that you’re in the market for any cast-off, gently used or unwanted furnishings. Chances are, you have some friends who would be truly glad to give you a bargain deal on their couch/bed/dining room table so that they can get a new one. Everyone wins!
- Craigslist. Yes, the furniture sale options on Craigslist can be overwhelming, and you have to watch out for those scammers who want to sell you an Entire Matching Bedroom Set and deliver it This Afternoon. (Tempting, especially because it’s made of Quality Woods.) But after you’ve weeded through all the crud, there are some great designer deals online for dirt cheap.
- Wal-mart, K-Mart, and Target. You might think of them as places to pick up toilet paper, but there are actually some surprisingly nice and very affordable furnishings available at your nearest discount stores. They do especially well with accessory furniture, lamps, mirrors and things of that sort.
- Cost Plus World Market. We love this place. If there isn’t one nearby, time for a road trip. You’ll be coming back with inspired and fun decorating pieces that you can’t find anywhere else.
- Your local thrift store. Look for furniture sales and special deals when they need to clean out their inventory for new merchandise. And don’t be afraid to make an offer if the listed price is more than you want to pay. Thrift store pricing is often negotiable since many items are donated.
- Garage sales. Possibly the biggest poorly kept secret in furniture land. Garage sales are a phenomenal place to get what you need for your new apartment. You might have to go to many of them to find exactly what you are looking for, but it will surely be a good deal when you find it.
Happy hunting! And don’t feel like you have to furnish your new place all at once. Get the essential pieces, and then enjoy adding to your collection each month when payday rolls around again.