Great decor doesn't have to involve an inflated price tag. We show you ways to save.
If you've recently purchased a first or even second home, chances are your budget could be a bit stretched when it comes to furnishings and decor. That's why we've scouted out some clever ideas to set up a comfy – and stylish – home on a budget.
Make a list
Good organisation is the key to sticking to your spending limit. Only buy items you need, and always shop around for the best price. Start by jotting down every item required for your new home - from kitchen basics like cutlery and crockery through to major appliances and furniture.
Furnish for free
We all love to get something for nothing, and there are stacks of freebies up for grabs if you know where to look.
Check out the ‘free' section of sites like Gumtree or Trading Post. Consider joining groups like Freecycling or OzRecyle, where you can connect with people who are happy to give away items they no longer need rather than send them to the tip. It's an eco-friendly option that's also kind to your bank balance.
Big ticket items like furniture don't hold their value – that means a loss for buyers of new items and valuable savings for you if you're happy to think pre-loved lounge settings and dining suites. Not only will you save a small fortune, buying secondhand means you won't have to worry about the fiddly business of self-assembly.
Keep an eye on your local charity stores, garage sales and sites like Gumtree to pick up quality furniture at rock bottom prices. If you're not happy with an advertised price, be prepared to haggle.
Be a bright spark with electricals
If you're not comfortable buying used electrical goods, head to liquidator sales like those offered by Grays Online. It's possible to pick up brand new top of the range appliances for less-than-wholesale prices. Bargain!
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