Moving into a new home or apartment is always an exciting experience, but it can also be a challenge if you’re moving from a furnished home into an unfurnished one, especially if you’re on a tight budget. Luckily there are plenty of tips and tricks that can help you furnish your home for cheap. Read on for four great tips to furnish your home without breaking the bank.
How to Furnish Your New Home on a Dime
1. Join Community Facebook Groups
In this day and age, there’s a good chance that your community has a facebook group where locals buy and sell goods. Most of these groups have names like “Irvine Buy, Sell, and Trade” or “Anaheim Community Exchange” so ask around or do some searching on Facebook to see if there’s a group near you.
Once you’ve found a group you can either peruse the listings for furniture and appliances you like or you can make a Want to Buy post, letting the community know what you’re looking for in case anyone has something they’d like to sell that fits the bill.
2. Buy Used Appliances
Even if you’re an interior design aficionado and you’re opposed to the idea of buying used furniture off the internet, you can still furnish your home on a lean budget if you know how to get appliances for cheap.
Purchasing used appliances is a great way to save a lot of money when moving. Used appliances deliver just as much value as new appliance. Plus, you’re doing the planet a solid by not contributing to our growing waste problem.
You can find used appliances online, around town at thrift stores, or at a specialized used appliance store. Used appliance stores are an especially good option because oftentimes they sell “open box appliances” that aren’t actually even used, they just have small cosmetic flaws or manufacturing issues that bring the price way down on a high-quality product.
3. Check Local Thrift Stores
Thrift store shopping is a great way to fill in the missing pieces in your newly furnished home. Once you’ve found enough basic furniture pieces and used appliances to get by, you can make it a habit to visit local thrift stores regularly to search for more items to decorate and furnish your home.
Thrift stores continually receive donated items, so checking back regularly will probably yield results over time. If nothing else, hit the thrift stores after holidays when people are likely to be getting rid of things.
4. Consider Financing for Appliance Purchases
It’s not uncommon to find yourself pretty strapped for cash during and after a move. If your budget is especially tight because you just moved, but you’re expecting to be back on track with a steady income soon, then appliance financing might be the right choice for you.
Used appliance stores like Caesar’s Appliances offer to finance used appliances, so be sure to ask.