When you are decorating your home, there are a few things that you think of as a ‘must have.’ Whether it’s appliances, beds, seating areas or dining tables, there is a huge market for these essentials as everyone has to use them. The reality for most of us is that we are happy to spend a lot of money on them. It’s not much of a surprise. After all, they are essential to our lives, and it’s worth spending more on higher quality goods, right?
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Well, maybe not. The truth is that there are plenty of alternatives to these household essentials that don’t involve racking up huge amounts on your credit card or costing you a year’s worth of savings. I’m going to show you exactly what they are. Let’s get started with some of the basics and find out a little more.
Try Your Hand at DIY
It’s easier than you might think to upgrade your home décor with a few DIY projects. Adding a fresh coat of paint or making adaptations to your current furniture can give you a completely different look for the fraction of the price of buying new. Look around online for DIY instructions, get practicing, and start being more creative. It will save you a small fortune! Ultimately, it could cost you thousands to hire a painter and decorator to do your entire house. Take the DIY route, however, and all it will cost is the process of the paint plus a few brushes.
Don’t be ashamed of hand-me-downs
The simple truth about decorating a home is that you don’t have to buy everything brand new. One of the biggest sources of furniture in your home could be people you know, such as your extended family or friends. Let’s face it, right now there is probably someone you know looking for a new table, dresser, mirror, bed – or anything else in the home. And there is no shame in offering them a small amount of money to take their old stuff off their hands. Who knows – perhaps they would be happy for you to take it away for nothing, as it saves them the bother of having to advertise it or take it to the trash center.
You might think you need a huge wardrobe in your bedroom to fit all your clothes in. But what about using your spare bedroom instead – as a kind of walk-in closet – and invest in some cheap and cheerful clothes racks? Similarly, do you really need to invest a small fortune in a brand new three-piece suite when you could look at buying 8-foot oversized beanbags instead? Need a new bed? Why not consider buying only the mattress and using it on the floor. You can also look into a platform bed. Pinterest is full of DIY platform beds. Just start to think outside the box, and you will be surprised at how much you can save on your household essentials.
A lot of households make the mistake of buying new items right off the bat. But by making do and waiting a little while, you are in a better position to grab yourself a bargain. Big-box retailers like Target often have enormous sales where you can pick up brand new items at a fraction of the original price. You can expect to pay as little as half, so it’s well worth waiting for those big sales to crop up – usually twice a year. You might even find yourself some clearance items, which are often flogged for as little as 10 percent of the original price, but you’ll need to be quick to get in there first!
Buy display appliances
Appliances for your kitchen can be incredibly expensive, but they are absolutely essential to your home. You could buy them used, of course, but you can also find better prices by contacting your local home store and asking if they have any display items on sale. You’ll find that these are offered at rock bottom prices, and you can save a serious amount of money.
Get to know your local refuse center
A lot of people take household items to the refuse center when they replace them, even though there is nothing wrong with the pieces. So, start visiting your local center and build up some relationships with the workers down there. Get to know them, spend a little money on the items they sell, and you’ll find that they start letting you know when something ‘good’ comes in. Again, these are knock-down prices that you just won’t get anywhere else, often beating those you will find on the used markets.
Do you have any consignment stores in your local area? If so, get yourself down there and get to know the people working there. You’ll find plenty of cheap home décor pieces, from tables and chairs to couches and beds. Sure, they might not be in the perfect condition you would expect when buying new. But if you bide your time, inspect what you are interested in properly, you can save a fortune. Consignment store are also excellent for picking up art, accessories and lighting – so check it out. What have you got to lose?
Estate sales and auctions
Finally, look around for local estate sales and auctions. You’ll find information on these in your local newspapers, magazines and websites. Most towns have them, and if not you will find a whole bunch in your nearest major city. These estate sales are fantastic places to pick up a bargain, and pretty much everything on sale is in good condition – poor quality goods tend to get written off. Don’t panic if you don’t’ have the transport to bring back your spoil from the auction – most have delivery services and shipping.