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How to furnish your home for less

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It can be quite expensive to replace or start furnishing a home from scratch. The thought of having to buy everything you need might be overwhelming.

So here are our top budget friendly tips to help you keep the costs down.

  • Start with a plan
    Make a realistic list of all the items you might need to furnish your home then sort them into essentials for you to live versus what would be nice to have.
  • Set a budget
    Work out how much you can afford and stick to it! There may be hidden costs like delivery to consider.
  • Shop around
    Get online, research and shop around, look for promotional codes if you are buying new or look out for when the sales start website like moneysavingexpert.com are a great place to start.
  • Sell before you buy
    Head to auction sites like eBay mean you could sell things you don’t want to increase your budget.
  • Think Pre-loved
    Gumtree, Freeads, Preloved, Facebook Marketplace and Freecycle are often full of good quality second hand and even free items so it’s always worth a look.
  • Consider a make-over
    Upcycle what you already have, giving a piece of furniture a makeover, embrace recycling, even a lick of paint or changing soft furnishings can make a piece look like new
  • Furniture re-use network
    Visit Furniture re-use network they stock high-quality, affordable household items including furniture, electrical appliances, IT equipment and more.
  • Look around charity shops
    There a lots of great charities you can support by shopping at Oxfam, Emmaus, Sue Ryder plus many more, remember Clarion Housing residents are entitled to £10 off at British Heart Foundation furniture stores.

Clarion Futures Money is here to help you get guidance on money matters all in one place.