If you are a homeowner, you will know that furnishing and decorating your home can be highly expensive. As a homeowner, you want to decorate your home exactly to your taste; it can be hard to compromise on having exactly what you want. Saving money is essential – but do you have to have boring, low quality furniture to do it?

The short answer is: NO! There are a few avenues to explore when it comes to getting the furniture you want. We always need to compromise on most things in life, but these tips will hopefully give you more hope when it comes to having the things your heart desires.

Estate Sales

If you have never heard of estate sales, get ready for a game-changer. Estate sales are like upscale garage sales at which you can find furniture, ornaments and fabrics which will turn your home into a haven of treasures.

Instead of crumbling old things in a musty garage, estate sales occur inside the home itself, and are a kind of temporary antique store for the belongings of wealthy or old families. Estate sales occur often when a relative has died; or when a family home is being sold, and the belongings discarded of. Estate sales often contain hidden gems which will make your home look uniquely elegant, without costing you extortionate prices.

Find an Estate Sale and get started today!

Financing Your Items

Most department stores and furniture stores offer finance options for expensive items. This means you can pay monthly for larger, more expensive items, instead of paying all at once. These options are often interest-free and can alleviate the stress of buying big pieces of furniture like a couch, a wardrobe or a double bed – or all three at once. Financing your items through payment services such as PayPal is now widely available – without dodgy strings attached. It’s a simple solution to the daunting prospect of spending thousands at once on furniture!

Mixing New Furniture and DIY

Not everybody has the handyman prowess to go full DIY and build their own furniture. It can become a nightmare situation – half-finished projects everywhere, and still not a table to eat at! However, if you are looking to save money on your items, there are ways to buy the simplest version of the item you want, and jazz it up yourself.

For example, IKEA’s cheapest kitchen table lies at well under $100. It’s a basic pine table with no frills, no color, and no pazzazz. However, if you purchase this table and choose to paint it yourself with a high quality wood paint, you will have a beautiful, unique table which cost you next to nothing. Simple!


Furnishing your house should be an experience the whole family can enjoy, not a nail-biting, check-bouncing nightmare. Follow these steps to make your home more unique, personalized, and you guessed it, cost-effective!

Greg Kononenko
Greg Kononenko

My name is Greg Kononenko and I am a full-time online blogger and owner of Dad's Hustle. I'm a dad, and my passion is to help other mums and dads to start their own "hustle" and improve the financial future of their families.

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