Furniture isn’t cheap. Actually, that’s not true. Some furniture is cheap, but good furniture isn’t. And at the end of the day, we all want good furniture, right? At the end of the day, we all want to save a few bucks on that good furniture, too. Here are five ways to do exactly that.
1. Spend More For Quality – Saving money by spending more money might not make sense at first, but it will in the long run. By spending a little extra on higher quality furniture means your purchase will last longer and you won’t need to buy another couch, bed, or dresser in a few years.
2. Buy Used Furniture – The first rule of buying used furniture is to not think of it as “used.” Instead, think of it as a deeply-discounted great deal! I wouldn’t blame you for wanting to pass on hand-me-down upholstered furniture like couches and mattresses, but hardwood pieces like tables and TV stands are much easier to wipe off and restore to like-new condition.
3. Shop Around – Just about every list of money-saving tactics includes this tip. It’s good advice, especially when shopping for more expensive items like cars, electronics and, in this case, furniture. Compare similar pieces of furniture in at least three different stores – or five stores if you really want to make sure you’ve found the best price.
4. Timing is Everything – The best time of the year to buy furniture is during the big holiday sales (President’s Day, Fourth of July, Christmas, etc.). If you can’t wait until then, shop at the end of the month. That’s when salespeople will be eager to earn some extra commission and, in some cases, they’ll even be willing to negotiate when it comes to price!
5. Buy the Floor Sample – Yes, that couch has already been sat on, but buying the furniture on the showroom floor is an easy way to save 25 to 50 percent. You probably won’t be able to buy it right away (it might be a few weeks or even a few months until they ready to part with it), but if time is on your side, it’s well worth the wait!