Buying furniture can be great fun, but the smile gets wiped off your face when you see all the money you need to cough up for expensive purchases. However, buying furniture doesn’t always mean you need to empty your pockets on them, you could bring down your costs substantially by following these five tips. Try them and see how smart you suddenly feel in the midst of a furniture store:
#1. Buy when there’s a bargain sale:
The trick to buy furniture is to keep it off for the best parts of the year when sales are announced. That’s mid-November, December, January, May and June. Stay off the stores until December when a grand sale is announced. A sofa that normally would be sold at 10% off would be on sale for about 25% off, so this will tell you the amount you can save, if you just wait for the right moment. So, if it costs you $1000, you can save $250 by shopping when the prices are down. A tip here is to always look at your flooring first and then choose the furniture. It should not look out of order.
#2. Buy online where prices are far lower:
Are you apprehensive about buying from online stores where you don’t get a chance to check out the look and feel of products?But online buying is not only faster but also way cheaper than buying at a traditional store.
If you don’t want to overspend, check out sites like Craigslist, Target, Zara Home, Pieces, Room & Board and Urban Outfitters to get an idea of discounted prices. Then, move on to daily deal sites like Groupon and LivingSocial where you could perhaps buy a few pieces of furniture if they are rightly priced.
Lastly, check out sites that regularly sell their wares at a discount of 50%. These include Overstock Clearance,One Kings Lane and Gilt Home.
#3. Bargain for the best prices on clearance items:
Clearance items and floor models are usually marked down because they are flawed, and because the store needs to create space for new items. This is the perfect time for you to bargain for a better price, even if these furniture items are priced at 50% off. If you’re shy of haggling, let go of all your inhibitions. We think it’s worth all the haggling and negotiating.
#4. Get the best prices on accessories:
If when walking through a furniture store, you see a beautiful rug and want it, the sales assistant is sure to mention a price that’s way beyond your reach. What do you do? Well it’s simple – ask the store assistant for a big discount on the rug, and if you have bought quite a bit of furniture from them, they will be tempted to give you a big discount on the rug.
#5.Check out garage sales, estate sales, yard sales and giveaways:
Don’t be foolish to ignore garage sales because they have very good deals on well-kept furniture. So find out about garage or yard sales in your neighborhood and giveaways too. You never know what you might find there. Another option is to look up the classifieds online for good bargains.
These are a few ways by which you can save good amounts of money on great-looking furniture, whether old or used. At the end of the day, you want to come home with some money left over from your furniture shopping, so here are five good ways of doing that.
Manisha Kumar is a freelancer writer, blogger and editor of Basic Woodworking. When she is not playing golf, she is either writing her novels or managing her blogs.