8 Tips Shopping for Furniture on a Tight Budget

saving on furnitureIt seems that today everyone needs a way to save money and spend less. Home decorating is one perfect example of a way to quickly go over budget if you are not smart. The best way to avoid this is to plan ahead.

Decide what you need to do and figure out what you really need to complete the project.

Today everyone is trying to save money and budgeting whenever possible. Being a savvy shopper is another way of saving money. Here are a few tips to get you started:

1. Try to shop for furniture when there are sales; so that you have a better chance of saving money. Do some research to find out what the pieces you are looking for cost before the sale price. Considering the economy even stores need to make sales; so consider haggling on the price. Sometimes you can even get the delivery charges eliminated.

2. Look for furniture that can serve more than one purpose is a money saver. You can find ottomans that serve as additional seating, a place to rest your feet and storage. Multi-service pieces are he best way to get more for your money. Be smart when shopping for furniture and figure out how a piece can serve more than one purpose.

Large chests that are used for storing sheets and blankets can also be used as nightstands. Sturdy baskets can also be used as end tables and extra storage. Think out of the box when purchasing furniture, See if you can come up with different uses for the pieces you are considering.

3. Remember; you get what you pay for so always check the quality of what you are buying. Pull out the drawers. Do they slide out easily? How about the door hinges? Are they sturdy?

4. Look for floor model sales. Many stores constantly cycle their furniture and bring out new pieces and sell the floor models. Older design styles have to be moved for the newer designs and those older pieces take up valuable store room space. Most stores would rather sell them than store them. Today with dwindling sales some may even sell the floor models if it means making a quick sale.

5. Check out the garage sales and flea markets. Not everything in these places is garbage. Everyone is trying to make extra money. Maybe they are behind on some bills or looking for a Property Tax Reduction. Don’t ever think that people only see junk at garage sales and flea markets. Someone may just want to get rid of unnecessary pieces of furniture and accessories that may be just what you are looking for and at a great price.

6. Re-upholster or re-finish if possible. Sometimes worn furniture may just need new cushions or a little touch-up on the wood finish. If the piece you love is falling apart or looks worn you can just replace the upholstery or have it re-finished – by yourself or an expert (if it’s in your budget).7. Don’t be an impulse buyer. The easiest way of going over budget is to loose sight of your decorating plan. The piece you see that is on sale and at a good price may not work with your decor. So don’t buy it just because it is inexpensive. Know what you want and stick to your plan.

8. Watch your budget. Keep the amount you have budgeted in mind when shopping and try not to exceed that amount. Overspending is the best way of getting into financial difficulties.

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