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Furnish your new home on the cheap

Furnish your new home on the cheap

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Whether you have a child growing up and moving on to a new chapter or you’re moving home yourself, you probably want to furnish that new pad nicely using as little cash as possible. Here is The Working Parent guide to where the best bargains can be found.

Selling sites

eBay, Gumtree and Facebook selling pages can be worth their weight in gold when it comes to furnishing your new home on a tight budget. Keep an eye open for what’s for sale in your area and don’t be afraid to haggle – if something has been up for sale for some time then the owners may be willing to get rid of it at a reduced price. Stay safe and ask someone to go along with you to pick up items.


Along with selling sites, it’s worth checking out your local Freecycle page. Freecycle is a network where people can list anything they want rid of that they’re not looking to get any money for. The idea behind it is that stuff gets reused and doesn’t end up in landfill. If you’re lucky you may be able to bag a decent couch or wardrobe for nothing.

Car Boot Sales

Sift through the inevitable array of junk and it’s likely that you will find a great bargain. Some car boot sales are far inferior to others so ask around and check online for recommendations. It’s easy to get carried away at car boots so make sure you take a list of the items you’re looking for and stick to what’s on it.

Charity shops

Most people associate charity shops with musty clothes and dog-eared books. However, there is a growing trend for ones specialising in furniture and appliances. A quick Google search will flag up any in your area and as well as getting a well-priced addition to your new home, you’ll also be generating funds for a good cause into the bargain.


Furnish your new home on the cheapIf you already have some bits but they don’t fit in with your vision of how you want the room to look then consider altering them yourself. You may be surprised how easy it is to paint furniture or reupholster a chair, for example. Get inspiration from sites like Pinterest and find tutorials on YouTube.

Get great deals

Before you part with your cash for any item, do an online search to make sure you can’t find the same thing cheaper elsewhere. The pricing differences between some retailers can be eye watering! It’s also worth checking places like discount stores and supermarkets for cheap essentials such as toasters and kettles. The pound shop is also a great place to pick up some of the smaller bits and bobs you’ll need. For bulkier items check out factory outlets where you can find ex-display items and returned goods at a much lower price than you’d get on the high street. Online, Amazon has an outlet on its site and Argos runs an outlet store on eBay.



About Maria Brett

About Maria Brett

Maria is a freelance writer with over 10 years' experience producing content for a variety of publications and websites. When not working or looking after her two gorgeous sons, she can usually be found playing flugelhorn in a brass band, helping out at her local hospital radio station, shouting at the television while watching Formula 1, at the cinema or plonked on the couch with a cold glass of wine.

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