Whether you have moved out of your parent’s home, somewhere across the country to start your new job, or the time has come to change your home interior, one thing is for sure – you will need new furniture. Even though that sounds fun, most people start worrying about the price. And, they are right to do so; after all, buying new furniture can easily break the budget. But, do not worry, there are many ways you can save at the furniture store; you just have to be creative and resourceful enough. And, we are here to help you with that. Thus, without further ado, here are some useful tips and tricks that can help you save your money the next time you go furniture shopping.
Visit the Manufacturer Directly
You have been remodeling, cleaning, organizing, and downsizing your home – all that is left is to put your new furniture inside. But, before you spend a lot of money in furniture stores, in catalogs, or even online, consider visiting the furniture manufacturers directly. That way, you will pay wholesale price for the furniture piece you like, instead of the retail one. Only that will save you hundreds of dollars!
Do some research and see where you can find furniture factories and manufacturers of this kind in your city. If there aren’t any, consider going on a trip and then having the items shipped. Even that will come with a lower price tag. Moreover, if there is a furniture company you really like, try looking where they have an outlet store and go there instead of visiting their ‘exhibition’ one.
Take Advantage of the ‘Overstook’
When you go to the furniture store, you only get to see a fraction of the store’s inventory. All those stores have a warehouse somewhere in the area where they keep all other pieces of furniture. And, as new furniture keeps arriving, warehouses become fuller and fuller. Once there is no more place for new pieces to arrive, those warehouses are open for customers hoping to sell off all that overstock. The best part about the overstock – it is cheaper, and you will be able to bargain.
You never know when selling the ‘overstock’ will take place. So, even if your home is not quite ready for new furniture, do not miss out on this chance to save a considerable amount of money. And if you don’t know where to place the furniture before your home is ready, you can rent storage or create an in-home one. Making valuable storage space for your belongings will not be hard when you know how much money you have saved on this new furniture.
Use Coupons and Gift Cards
Another great way to save at the furniture store is to use coupons and gift cards. There are many coupon sources around you – online, newspaper, apps, etc. You can save anywhere from 5% to 50% on a furniture piece with the right coupon. So, keep an eye on those; you will be surprised at how much money you can save with them.
Moreover, besides coupons, gift cards are another great way to save money. If you ‘play your gift card right’, it can save you the money you would have to pay for taxes, shipping, and even assembling. Almost all furniture stores have gift cards, so take advantage of them. If you are not sure how this kind of card works, do not hesitate to ask the furniture store employer for an explanation and suggestion.
Sign up for Sales Alerts
If there is a furniture piece that you really like but is too expensive right now, save it, and sign up for a sale alert. A sale alert will let you know when your desired item is on sale. Just like with coupons and gift cards, almost all stores offer this option. You can even get sale alerts when a moving company like preferred-movers.com decides to lower the price of their services for the upcoming period.
Sale alerts do not have to be online only! You can go to the furniture store, leave your contact information and tell the salesperson to call you when the items you want are on sale. Be sure also to let them know how much you are willing to pay for each item; who knows, maybe they will accept your offer even before the sale. That way, you will get your desired piece but for a lower price – a great way to save at the furniture store.
There is Nothing Wrong with Second Hand Stores
Who says that your furniture has to come straight from the store? There is nothing wrong with second-hand furniture. It is the same as buying in an antique store, for instance. So, if you are on the hunt for cheaper furniture pieces that will not break your budget start visiting second-hand shops, yard sales, flea markets, estate sales, etc. You can find some fantastic pieces of furniture there. Moreover, check out sites like Craigslist – a lot of people sell their used furniture there too.
As you can see, there are many ways you can save at the furniture store, or in this case, at the second-hand furniture store. At the end of the day, furniture is furniture! If it is in good condition, it does not matter where you bought it and how much you spent on it. Thus, do not think much about whether you should visit that thrift store or not.