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7 Ways to Save Money on Furniture for New Homeowners

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 March 13, 2019

    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

    How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

    Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

    You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

    Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

    1. Work on the small tasks.

    When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

    Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

    2. Take a break from your work desk.

    Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

    Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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    3. Upgrade yourself

    Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

    The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

    4. Talk to a friend.

    Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

    Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

    5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

    If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

    Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

    Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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    6. Paint a vision to work towards.

    If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

    Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

    Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

    7. Read a book (or blog).

    The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

    Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

    Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

    8. Have a quick nap.

    If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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    9. Remember why you are doing this.

    Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

    What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

    10. Find some competition.

    Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

    Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

    11. Go exercise.

    Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

    Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

    As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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    Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

    12. Take a good break.

    Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

    Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

    Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

    Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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