By Danie B
Typically your first apartment is crap. You’re just getting out on your own, you don’t really have many possessions, and you’re just trying to to make sure you can pay all your bill and still have funds for food.
I know my first place had nothing but my parent’s old dinner table with NO chairs, a $25 couch and my aunt’s old day bed.
Well, now that I’m making decent money, and moving up in my career, I’m able to actually decorate my apartment and have nice furniture.
This is task that I never realized was as stressful as it is, so here are 5 tips to help you save money and avoid the aggravation.
- NEVER buy furniture from store that don’t specialize in furniture – I learned this message the hard way. I ordered a kitchen table from Walmart, I had to assemble the table, chairs -EVERYTHING, and a couple of months later one of the chairs literally snapped in two! $200 down the drain!
- Be careful when buying from Ikea- This store specializes in college furniture, meaning it’s meant to last 4 years tops!
- Do research- Find out out what kind of material you like. Do you like softer material, more resilient material, do you like leather? Also price different things online so you know if stores are overcharging.
- Go to wholesale warehouses – These types of furniture places sell at wholesale price instead of retail price, meaning you save money. These types of places will sometimes even allow you to negotiate pricing and offer payment plans so you you don’t go broke trying to pay for a bedroom set.
- Don’t settle – Don’t let pushy salesmen force you to make a decision you’re not ready for. You don’t want to dig yourself into a financial whole just because you ran into a deal you couldn’t refuse!