In this day and age, it’s rarely the case that we need to pay full retail price for most things. With the advent of auction sites, the rise of charity shops, and the luxury of online shopping, we can all make big savings on whatever we need to buy. This includes the larger purchases in life, like home decor and furniture. When I moved house in December, I went from a one bedroom flat to a three bedroom house. What was cramped living quarters suddenly became sparse and empty rooms. I needed to fill them to make the house feel like a home. Instead of quickly snapping up whatever I could for a quick fix, I shopped wisely to find furniture for less and in the process saved myself a huge amount of money.
These are my five top tips for saving money when buying furniture. These tips can help you to save hundreds, if not thousands of pounds, making your house look beautiful. If you’ve just moved or are contemplating a complete redecoration project, here’s how to minimise the cost.
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Look for vouchers to use online
If you’ve seen something you really want while wandering around the furniture shops, the chances are that you can find a discount code to use when buying it online. For this reason, I rarely buy anything in a shop.
Most mainstream retailers offer discounts for shopping online. You can find them on a voucher site like Voucher Badger. Have a look at the discounts on Maisons Du Monde, The White Company, and Swoon Editions, for example. It’s nice and easy to find the voucher codes online. It’s worth the couple of minutes extra to check for a voucher code before purchasing anything. You’re likely to be able to save money! You also benefit from ordering online as the item is delivered to you, which is an extra bonus when buying larger items like furniture.
Charity shops and auctions are the perfect places to browse for offbeat and unusual pieces and find furniture for less. These places benefit from receiving house clearance items and unwanted goods. You’re likely to find unusual items of furniture, and the odd antique gem. I just love charity shops as you never know what you might find. It’s been a great go-to for finishing pieces; the odd magazine rack, the perfect footstool. Keep an open mind when browsing. Can you upstyle anything? This will save a lot of money, and there are many tutorials on restyling furniture online. Your money is also going to charity which is an added bonus!
Car boot sales
I get so excited when car boot season kicks off again. You might not find bigger pieces here (they need to be transported to the sale, of course) but if you do spot something with potential you have the advantage of being able to haggle. I’m not a great haggler but it does get easier with practice! I once bought an amazing bistro set for my balcony for only £15. A coat of paint made it as good as new. Take advantage of car boot sales over the next few months and you could end up with items for your home you can’t live without. And for mere pounds.
Because furniture is bulky and hard to post, you can score some amazing deals on local pick-ups. Check the eBay Local Deals Mapper from Money Saving Expert to locate items that are ‘collection only’ near you. A lot of people really just want someone to come and take things away that are taking up space and that they no longer want. For this reason they price them so they will sell. You can get furniture for incredible prices this way. I also recommend checking Gumtree, and joining local selling groups on Facebook, for the same reason.
Get your timing right
Sometimes timing is everything when trying to find furniture for less. I was shopping for some new sofas earlier this year and was very close to making a purchase. I decided to have a wander around the showroom again. I saw the exact same sofas I wanted for much less, because they were ex-display. They were in perfect condition, and by buying them I saved myself around £1000 on the RRP. This was one of my best bargains of all time!
If you can wait, then it’s sometimes worth hanging on for sales to start. The obvious one is the Boxing Day/January sale each year, but Black Friday and Cyber Monday are also becoming more popular in the UK. Retailers drop their prices for short periods of time. If you aren’t desperate for something, then it’s often worth biding your time and seeing what you can save during the sales.
Furnishing a home isn’t cheap, but with these five tips you will be able to minimise costs, find some bargains and get some retail therapy all at the same time!
If you have any tips for buying furniture for less, I would love to hear them in the comments below.
This post is in collaboration with Voucher Badger. All words and opinions expressed are my own. For more information read my full disclosure here.
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