Whether you’re replacing just one item, furnishing a room, or you’ve got a whole home to decorate, the following tips can help you cut down on your furniture shopping costs:
If a furniture store is getting ready to replace their inventory, they’ll need to get rid of their display items first. Oftentimes, they’ll send them to an outlet store or warehouse and put them on clearance, and this is how you can find low-priced furniture. But if you ask at the right time, you might be able to purchase display items before they even leave the main store, and perhaps for an even better price. After all, if they are able to sell them to you and not ship them to a different store, it saves time and money. If you’ve been eyeing a particular collection that you know has been around for a while, ask a sales associate about when or if they might be getting rid of it and if it would be possible to purchase any display items.
Eliminate (or cut down) shipping charges
As mentioned already, it can be difficult to get around shipping charges when it comes to furniture purchases, regardless of whether you buy furniture online or in person. After all, these are heavy items, and shipping isn’t cheap. This can easily add hundreds of dollars to your order, and if you are buying one piece at a time, you might need to pay a hefty shipping fee per transaction; some stores just charge a flat fee per transaction, regardless of how much you order or what you spend. To cut down on your shipping charges over the long term, try to do all of your furniture purchases in one shot if you are purchasing from a store that imposes delivery charges. This way, you aren’t getting hit with a huge fee each time you order.
Even better? Eliminating those shipping charges completely. Consider sticking to purchases that won’t cost you extra through shipping and delivery, which can significantly help you cut down on your furniture purchases overall. Think along the lines of used furniture, display items, and purchasing from stores that have all of the furniture in stock so that you can take it home with you (such as IKEA). If you don’t have a truck or SUV, see if you can borrow one from a friend or family member.
The price of many things can often be negotiated—furniture included. While some retailers might have a no-haggle policy set in place and the price you see is the price you’ll have to pay, for others, prices are negotiable. You usually won’t know until you ask, and if there is some wiggle room on the cost, don’t settle for a price you’re unhappy with. Negotiate and settle on a price that is both fair to the store and affordable for you, and you can potentially save a lot of money on your furniture purchase.
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Nothing above is meant to provide financial, tax, or legal advice. You should meet with appropriate professionals for such services.