Moving is a major life event that can turn your world upside-down. It can be an exciting adventure, but between packing up and repairing your old home, re-stocking the pantry, and buying furniture for your new home — as well as all the hotel, food, and gas charges in between — it can also drain your bank accounts.
While moving can be very expensive, there are some cost-saving measures you can implement to keep your stress down and your savings high. Follow along on our four-part series as we share tried-and-true strategies for preparing for, executing, and recovering from a long-distance move in an organized and budget-friendly fashion!
In Part 1 of the Saving While Moving Series, we covered ways to rack up a bunch of savings in the months, weeks, and days before you move. In Part 2, we chatted all about strategies to cut costs and save money while in transit from your old home to your new one. In Part 3, we shared ideas for cutting costs as you move into your new place. In this final installment of the series, we’re sharing our savviest tips for decorating your new place in style while staying on a budget!
1. Plan your purchases
When buying new furniture, rugs, lighting, and accessories, bills can add up fast. In order to create a cohesive and put-together home on a budget and keep impulsive purchases at bay, it’s best to start with a plan.
Search online for inspiration images and create a mood board for each space in your home. Don’t only collect images of spaces you love, but also keep a list or visual catalogue of specific purchases you need or want to make. Include colors and measurements so you can ensure items will work in your home when you happen upon them in the store.
This simple act of planning will help you prioritize your purchases, shop with intention, and ultimately stay within budget by only bringing home the items you love, planned on, and budgeted for.
2. Research sales and promotions
Furniture, rug, home décor, and fabric stores hold sales on very consistent schedules. If there are large purchases you know you’re going to make from a particular store, do your research, follow the company on social media, and talk to sales representatives in order to find out about upcoming sales, promotions, or coupons.
Also, certain items regularly go on sale during different parts of the year (for example, televisions go on sale around Super Bowl time; patio furniture goes on sale at the mid-to-end of summer). When possible, hold off purchasing big-ticket items until larger sales, and try combining sales with coupons to tally up even greater savings.
3. Use coupons and discount codes whenever possible
Making a big-ticket purchase? Always hunt around online for discount and coupon codes before checking out. Check Coupons.com’s Codes section for codes that change and update regularly. Sign-up for the email newsletter to your favorite stores to get additional savings on your first or next purchases. And don’t forget to check the store’s Facebook and Twitter feeds for coupon codes or savings on shipping!
4. Shop discount stores
If you’re looking for high-end looks for less, regularly and frequently shop discount home stores (HomeGoods, T.J.Maxx, Marshalls, Ross) and flash websites (Joss and Main, One Kings Lane, All Modern). These stores can carry high-end merchandize for a fraction of the cost, but to score the deals you have to shop consistently as merchandise turns over and gets updated daily.
To prevent unnecessary or impulsive purchases, keep that plan/shopping list handy so you know exactly what to look for and what price you’ve budgeted for while shopping.
5. Bargain hunt
Bargain hunting is all the rage these days, and for good reason! With some diligence and savvy hunting, you can score great home décor, furniture, and rugs for cheap by shopping secondhand. Whether it’s through established thrift stores, Craigslist, private buy/sell/trade Facebook pages, or local yard sales, there are many good and safe options for securing great “new to you” items.
6. Learn to DIY
Making and doing things yourself is a great way to save money! Desire high-end window treatments, but can’t afford the expense? Learning to sew curtains from yardage of fabric can save you hundreds of dollars. Want a fresh new bedroom set but don’t want to spend the money? A fresh coat of paint on your old furniture can breathe new life into your space without a hefty price tag.
Learning just a few DIY skills (sewing, painting, basic carpentry) will allow you to make things for your home for far less than you can buy them. Don’t want to spend money on classes? Ask around for family members, co-workers, neighbors, or friends who may be able to teach you new and handy skills.
Moving from one home to another, especially a long cross-country transition, can be a very expensive endeavor. Combining all the expenses from cleaning up and vacating your old home, traveling from one place to another, and setting up a brand new space can take a significant bite out of your bank accounts.
While certain costs are unavoidable, the tips and tricks we’ve shared in this four-part series will help keep required costs down and unnecessary costs at bay. Proper planning, research, sale watching, and coupon clipping are the keys to saving money. With diligence and shopping smarts, you can save money while moving, no matter the distance or circumstances!
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