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7 Ways to Save Money on Furniture for New Homeowners

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7 Ways to Save Money on Furniture for New Homeowners

A home is one of the most important investments any person could have. However, it’s also usually—if not always—the most costly.

When purchasing a new home, it’s never easy to resist the urge to overspend. Everybody wants to show off their financial stability by purchasing something fancy, like a brand new TV or fancy workout equipment. However, most people don’t realize that these petty expenditures may soon backfire if they don’t curb their unhealthy spending habits.

Without further ado, here are seven simple ways to save money on furniture if you’re looking to purchase a new home:

1. Watch out for yard sales

In most families, there comes a time when they realize it’s time to let go of old furniture. Perhaps they’re moving to a new place, raising funds, or simply in need of extra space. Whatever the reason, yard sales provide a great opportunity for future homeowners to buy furniture on the cheap.

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The main challenge in scouring yard sales for cheap furniture is knowing how to find them. Fortunately, there are now plenty of apps and websites you can use to look for yard sales near your area. The Yard Sale Treasure Map app for Android and Apple devices is a good place to start. But if mobile apps aren’t your thing, below are some alternatives:

2. Buy secondhand

Looking for yard sales near you isn’t always the best strategy, especially if you’re looking for a specific piece of furniture. Fortunately, there’s always a way for you to buy secondhand furniture with the help of the internet.

For starters, you can head to popular e-commerce sites, like Amazon and eBay, to find the furniture you need. If you still have no luck, you can try online listings on sites like Craigslist. The advantage of this is that you get to find sellers near a specific area.

3. Ask your family for old furniture

If this is your first time moving into a new home, or if you’re moving out from your parents’ house, then you should consider asking to own any excess furniture. There should be several things in your former home that can be of use.

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The only thing that might be holding you back from asking is embarrassment. Here’s some advice – don’t be. In fact, your former housemates probably offered you some of the furnishings when you announced your intention to move out.

4. Consider recycling for furniture

You might be surprised how many things from your house can be recycled for furniture. While there are plenty of very elaborate DIY projects floating around on Pinterest, some recyclable materials barely need any work at all.

A mason jar, for example, can be used as simple vase for your corner table. You can also clean out, repaint, and reuse wooden crates as simple storage shelves. All it takes is a little creativity. Heck, you might even realize that small ladders can be used as shoe racks as well.

5. Automate price-watching

Searching for secondhand furniture online isn’t a walk in the park. With so many choices, it’s sometimes difficult to determine whether a deal is perfect for your budget. An alternative strategy is to automate price-watching using a tool like IFTTT – short for If This Then That.

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Basically, what you need to do is setup automatic email alerts whenever a new listing is made on websites like Craigslist. Start by searching for the Craigslist service on IFTTT and choose a preset applet that matches your needs:

    6. Be careful when buying fully-furnished homes

    Just because a house is fully-furnished upon sale, doesn’t mean you’ll save money with the purchase. Most of the time, you’re only paying for the convenience of not having to buy the furniture yourself. Furthermore, buying or renting furnished homes means you’ll be missing out on cheaper alternatives to furnish your home, including the other tips on this list.

    Even if you think you’re saving money, you should inspect the property yourself to be sure. Check the condition of the furniture, as well as the pre-installed appliances. Remember that the item’s brand name is useless if it’s a few weeks away from a breakdown.

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    7. Swap furniture

    As a last resort, you can always fall back to the oldest means of transacting – bartering. Aside from those you know personally, you can also search online for people who could be interested in your belongings. In exchange, they might have that piece of furniture you’ve been looking for all this time.

    Here are some websites you can use to barter online:

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    Craigslist screenshot taken by Vikas Agrawal in January 2017

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    Last Updated on January 13, 2022

    10 Cheap And Amazing Honeymoon Ideas

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    A honeymoon is important.  The wedding is over.  The months, or even years, of stress and planning are finally over.  It’s time for the two of you to relax, settle in, and start enjoying your time together as you embark on your first journey as a family.

    To make the most of this time for the least amount of money, it’s important to focus on what you want out of a honeymoon.  This isn’t your typical list of touristy honeymoon locations everyone goes to.  Rather, it’s a list of cheap honeymoon experiences a couple can enjoy together, regardless of where it’s at.

    1. Camping

    A week long camping trip is a fantastic way to see how you mesh together as a couple.  You’re put in a low impact “survival” situation where it’s just the 2 of you and nature.  You have a chance to see how your new spouse handles themselves when left with the basics of life.  There are amazing national parks all over the United States where you can camp for a week for $20-30, disconnect from technology, and enjoy some of the natural wonders our nation has to offer.

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    2. Staycation

    You don’t have to go anywhere for a honeymoon.  In fact, the tradition of taking a honeymoon vacation is a relatively new one.  Prior to the 19th century, a honeymoon involved staying home together for a month to get to know each other physically.  Think of how blissful it could be to take a full month off work, disconnect from the outside world, and focus entirely on projects together.  You may not be wowing your friends and family with pictures of some exotic location, but they’ll be envious of your escape from the rat race nonetheless.

    3. Island Getaway

    People tend to overspend on their honeymoon vacations to Hawaii, Tahiti, etc.  Going to these places doesn’t have to be expensive.  You don’t need to stay in a 5 star resort when you’re on a Best Western budget.  You’re there to be in the atmosphere of the island, not a hotel room. Book a cheap flight and sleep in a hotel alternative, on the beach or in your car.  It’s the view in paradise that really matters.

    4. Fancy Resort

    Book an expensive resort, spa, or retreat in the city you live in.  While this may seem counterintuitive as a cheap destination, when you consider your savings on airfare and other travel costs, you can afford to be treated like royalty within your own city limits.  If you book a honeymoon package, you’ll end up with a lot of free amenities and extra attention.  There’s no need to fly halfway across the world to live the good life.

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    5. Road Trip

    The journey is often more fulfilling than the actual destination.  If you fly out to some exotic locale, you’ll be stuck on a plane for 8-30 hours.  Rent a luxury car, pick a handful of places you each have always wanted to visit, and go on an adventure.  You can keep food costs down by packing your own snacks, but it’s always a good idea to sample the local delicacies wherever you go, even if it’s only a few states over.

    6. Charter a Boat

    If the ocean is your thing, a week-long cruise can cost you $1500-$3000 per person, depending on the destination.  You also have to factor in travel costs to and from the cruise, alcohol, souvenirs, and on-shore excursions.  You’ll also be surrounded by people.  For the same price (and often much cheaper), you can charter your own boat and enjoy the experience in private.

    7. Las Vegas/Atlantic City

    If gambling is your thing, these are the places to do it.  Which one you choose depends on your preference, budget, and proximity.  The way to make this vacation cheaper is to gamble smart.  Stay away from low odd tables (i.e craps, roulette) and read up on the MIT blackjack strategies to beat the house.  If you do it right, you can win enough for a free trip (and gain a valuable team skill in the process).

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    8. Themed Retreats

    There are weeklong retreats all over the world where you can fully immerse yourselves as a couple into a hobby you’re both passionate about.  Go on a yoga/meditation retreat, a ranch, a vineyard/farm, a backpacking adventure, treasure hunt, or whatever you’re into.

    9. Working Honeymoon

    Your honeymoon doesn’t have to be a vacation.  For a truly memorable experience, dedicate a week to a charity or volunteer organization.  You can drive out to a campground to help restore it in the offseason.  Maybe you’ve always wanted to volunteer to help out your local animal shelter, plant trees, help the homeless, etc.  Use the time to do something together as a couple that will fulfill you spiritually while contributing to the community.  Just because you’re on a honeymoon doesn’t mean you can’t be productive.

    10. Festivals, Fairs & Special Events

    Every city, state, and country has festivals, fairs, and special events.  Find one you’re interested in.  If you time your wedding right, your honeymoon can be a trip to one of these festivals.  Burning Man, SXSW, Bonnaroo, the Renaissance Fair, regional harvest festivals, Mardi Gras, New Years Eve in Times Square, a movie premiere, or whatever you’re into.  If you plan your honeymoon at the right time in the right place, the possibilities are endless.

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