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Success Story: Furnished Entire Home for Around $700

Mint.com made a post recently about how someone was able to furnish their entire house for $716.

I started shopping furniture websites and realized I’d have to spend $4,473.73 to get just the basics. That wasn’t happening, so I took an alternate path through garage sales, flea markets, and clearance racks – and I saved a ton of money. Here’s how…

…What I learned: The beginning of the school year (around the end of September) is the best time to look for clearance deals on furniture and home decor at mega-stores like Wal-Mart or Target. Why? Because those stores stock a ton of accent furniture and home decor items to sell with their dorm collections. Since they don’t keep the dorm-room sections open year-round, the leftovers get put on clearance after school starts.

Lesson Learned:
There are some fantastic tips here on how to get furniture at a decent price, a good chunk of which I never even thought about before. There are a lot of resources out there available to help you find items and even sale events on the cheap. A little shopping around and patience can pay off, to the tune of $3,000 in some cases.

About Crystal Groves, Google+

Crystal Groves is a farmer, web developer, musician, blogger, and personal finance enthusiast from the back hills of Maryland and Pennsylvania. She started Money Drain as a project to encourage people interested in fixing their financial situation to share their stories and learn from the stories of others. We all make mistakes, but in order to change we have to make changes.

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2 Responses to Success Story: Furnished Entire Home for Around $700

  1. Jenni H says:

    For my money, the only furniture I would buy new is a bed. Invest in a good bed — and maybe bookcases — and everything else can be found on Craigslist or Freecycle. I made the mistake of buying a new sofa, chair, and ottoman when I first moved here, but I never really cared for it and eventually disposed of it for a decent price through Craigslist. A few months ago I found a used sofa and loveseat that I LOVE for only $50, then I paid $140 to have them cleaned. They’re as good as new now. :)

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