Okay so if you are anything like me, you are the biggest homebody. I say I love to travel (and I DO love going new places and trying new things) but I loveeee being home and being cozy. If my space isn't organized, my mind isn't organized and I feel like I'm all over the place in life in general lol. I seriously envy people who can live in a mess and could care less about organization and having things put where they belong because I CANNOT FUNCTION.
Add being a military wife and moving around every few years to the mix... gooddddd times trying to find that new perfect "space" and feeling like everything has its place. Have you seen our new home reveal! If not feel free to check it out here :)
Back to the point of this post... when we moved from San Diego we really didn't have a whole lot of anything and almost no furniture, so we bought everything out here in Monterey! This was both bad and good - bad because we had no furniture (duh) and furniture is EXPENSIVE.... but good because we (I) could really buy things that went perfectly in our new house and actually tried to design a space that all went well together! PROPS to interior designers.. what a skill you have! I definitely did not think it was going to be as hard as it was to put furniture together and have it somewhat work and look cute, but that is HARD WORK. Don't even want to go into how many things we (I) had to return after ordering them online, then seeing them in person.. sorry Ryan.
Ok now SERIOUSLY the point of this post..
5 WAYS YOU CAN
SAVE BIG WHEN FURNISHING YOUR HOME:
1. SIGN UP FOR REWARDS PROGRAMS & EMAIL ALERTS
This should be your GO-TO! Almost every company has a "first order" or "email subscription" coupon code if you sign up for their emails! When you're buying furniture, 10% can equate to some big savings and you can always unsubscribe later (just sayin). I bought our coffee table, side table, and a bunch of pillows from World Market that came out to be like over $500, BUT they had a promotion going on for rewards members (free to signup) that you got 30% off of $300 or more, so I was able to save literally $150 for just using their rewards system!! Can't beat that!
2. FIND COUPON CODES ON EBAY
So I got this hack from one of my favorite home improvement bloggers - @chrislovesjulia - and have to say, I was hesitant to try it out. Basically, you buy a coupon on eBay from someone to use as a coupon code when checking out. Yes, I know there are some risks to this option, but very high reward! For example, I bought a $4 coupon on eBay, but saved over $90 when I used it for our big purchase like our sofa and headboard!! Just do your research and make sure the coupon seems legit - like no "first purchase only" or "expired date"!
3. BUY / SELL ON FACEBOOK MARKETPLACE & CRAIGSLIST
I am a BELIEVER of the facebook marketplace and craigslist finds when you are ballin' on a budget.. In San Diego, I literally sold all of our furniture on facebook marketplace! I guess it depends on your surrounding demographics, but in San Diego people used it all the time! I probably made $2000 over selling our belongings before moving, which helped a lot when buying our new stuff. One of my FAVORITE pieces of furniture we own is my dresser - 100% wood, big drawers, redone, all for ONLY $100!!! I found in on fbook marketplace out here and Ryan and I picked it up the very same day! OH and we also got our piano from there for $100 as well!!! Yes there are random fake Louis Vutton and Michael Kors bags there, but sometimes some really amazing finds. Oh and don't forget to try and haggle a little ;)
4. REPURPOSE & DIY
In college, I found an old wood bedroom set at a garage sale and bought a tall dresser, vanity dresser, two nightstands, and a headboard set for $50. Solid wood. That summer, my mom and I sanded it down and painted it - a really beautiful light blue color and I distressed it by hand! Seriously my favorite furniture I've ever owned because of all the work we put into it (mostly my MOM!) but it was so perfect! When I moved from Baltimore to San Diego, I gave it to my sis-in-law who has it all at this very moment in Georgetown :)
5. UPDATE ACCESSORIES & DECOR
If you can't get that dream sofa or dining room set right now, just update the accessories! Similar to that dress in the back of your closet, all it may need is some new light! Like throw pillows, bedding, rugs, lamps, chairs - basically just take a trip to Home Goods. Something that really helped me bring all my ideas into one place, was to pick out a palette of colors I wanted to use! I literally just went to home depot and put together random paint swatches (weirdo), and went from there in terms of colors and the vibe I was going for!
Hope you learned something from this post! Until next time :)