Congratulations on your new apartment. It’s a great achievement and you should give yourself a pat on the back.
Now comes the hard part.
Furnishing your apartment won’t come cheap. You’ll have to make a lot of compromises or punch a hole in your wallet. That’s how it usually goes. But that doesn’t always have to be the case. There are ways to furnish your apartment for less without having to make a whole lot of adjustments.
1. Buy Online
If you’re willing to skip the testing part – and if you can find a store that has a generous return policy with little delivery cost – you can find a lot of furniture pieces online at very attractive prices. As an added bonus, it’ll be much easier for you to find the right size and color as well.
2. Use Gift Cards or Discount Cards
If you know your way online, you can buy a lot of gift cards over the Internet for a fraction of their actual price.
If done correctly, you could take a huge chunk off of the cost of furniture.
3. Check Estate Sales
There are plenty of reasons why people may want to sell their furniture quickly. It can be that they’re moving to a different city soon, or they’re going through a divorce, or maybe their loved one just died and they want to move away.
Regardless of the reason, estate sales are an excellent opportunity for you to furnish your new apartment with quality furniture for cheap.
4. Consider Getting a Personal Loan
Debt is rarely a good idea, especially when you just moved into a new place. You probably don’t have your finances in order just yet. But if you’re short on cash and still have a couple of essentials missing, then you might want to consider biting the bullet.
Getting a quality mattress and a basic but sturdy bed frame is well worth it as opposed to sleeping on a cheap air mattress just so you can get a good night’s sleep. The same goes for other pieces that can help you be more productive, like a new laptop or computer, or new equipment to help you boost your income, and so on.
5. Rent Furniture
Furniture rental companies often do free delivery and offer plenty of packages that cater to different needs. You can rent only for a week, a month, or even years. Plus, you can opt-in to add the option to buy the furniture outright for a small premium once the lease has ended, which is typically 1 year.
By renting furniture, you don’t have to worry about delivery and set-up. You can also do much of your shopping online. And, in the event that you don’t like the furniture, or you’re not using it anymore, then you can return it.
If you’re planning to move, make sure that you think things through properly, especially when it comes to your finances. The last thing you want happening is finding yourself short on rent or mortgage.