An antique table with different chairs

As you furnish your new house, you may be worried about the cost. While buying all the furniture you need at one time can be expensive, it doesn’t have to be. There’s always a way to save a few dollars on each item, and the savings can add up.

Whether you’re buying new furniture, picking up some pre-owned treasures or trying your hand at a DIY project, these tips can help you save money.

Saving on New Items

Saving money on new household items doesn’t necessarily mean clipping coupons. You can save a lot of money just by knowing the best time to make your purchases. Each month of the year, certain items go on sale due to the changing seasons or the introduction of new models of the item. Here are some of the sales you can expect each month:

  • January: bedding, children’s toys, winter clothes
  • February: mattresses, humidifiers
  • March: ellipticals, treadmills
  • April: desktop computers, carpeting
  • May: interior and exterior paint, wood stains
  • June: indoor furniture, summer sporting goods
  • July: decking, siding
  • August: air conditioners, dehumidifiers, outdoor furniture
  • September: lawnmowers, snowblowers
  • October: laptops, gas grills
  • November: TVs, baby products
  • December: appliances, small electronics (e.g., Blu-ray players, e-book readers, etc.)

Previously Owned Treasures

Buying second-hand is one of the most notable ways to furnish a new home on the cheap.

During the spring and summer months, check for garage or estate sales in your local area. Estate sales are especially good for finding items like dishes, flatware, tables and lamps. Some items may be a bit dated or different from your usual style, but it’s always worth taking a look.

Thrift stores also often have many of the same types of deals year-round.

Consignment stores are lesser known, but equally useful, places to continue your search for furniture and other home trimmings. Full of eclectic and one-of-a-kind pieces, consignment stores are usually full of gently used items that are looking for a new home.

You may also want to do some online shopping as well. There are plenty of websites available that allow you to take advantage of great savings without the hassle of having to leave your home. Check out sites such as eBay and LetGo.

DIY Savings

Taking on a small DIY project can bring a personal element to your home, without the price of a custom-made piece.

The living room is often the showcase of your home, so you may want to include some furniture pieces that are not only gentle on the pocketbook but also full of character. Even some of the most basic coffee tables can cost well over $100 or even $200. Skip that hassle and make your own for way less. The idea can seem a bit daunting at first, but it can be a very easy and affordable DIY project, cashing out at only about $20.

Another fun DIY project that you might consider is creating your own wall art. If you’re not already set on a specific print for your wall, consider creating a new masterpiece of your own. If you’ve been tackling projects in your new home already, you may have some paper paint swatches lying around. You can use these to cover a canvas, either in a specific pattern or just at random. The best part is that the paint swatches are free! All you have to buy is the canvas and the frame you decide to put your artwork into. This is definitely a savings from the hundreds or thousands you might have spent on another piece of artwork, and it can be a great point of conversation for you and any guests you may have.

Whether you’re looking to search for vintage treasures, buy new or create your own masterpiece, furnishing your home can be a cost-effective adventure. With these ideas, you can rest easy in your newly furnished home, and your pocketbook won’t be overburdened, either.

Do you have an idea about how to save money when decorating a home or a story about how you’ve already done this? We would love to hear from you! Comment below.

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