1. cheap ways to improve your home – Check out discount stores If you’re heading out on a bargain hunt, make sure you check out any discount stores such as home bargains, which can be found on the high street as well as retail and outlet parks. As well as offering a wide range of branded food and toiletries at discounted prices, you’ll often find a selection of furniture and home accessories. Stock tends to change on a frequent basis, so you may need to visit regularly to keep an eye on the best deals, but they’re well worth a look if you’re looking for low-cost home buys.
2 Scour Second-hand ShopS Instead of buying new, don’t forget to check out local second-hand shops and charity furniture stores to see what you can find. Whether you’re looking for something specific or just browsing, you may come across a real gem. We’re big fans of Emmaus, a charity group which supports those who have experienced homelessness and social exclusion. Our local shop offers a wide range of second-hand furniture and knick-knacks, with all money made ploughed back in Emmaus communities, paying for food, accommodation and essential items for those in need.
3 loan and Swap itemS with friendS and family A furniture swap can be a great way to update your home – have a chat with friends to see if they have any items lurking in the garage that they want to get rid of. You never know, they might come across something that they are hanging on to but know they will never use, and it could find the perfect home with you. They may even be happy for you to give the item a facelift, especially if you have something that you can swap in return.
4 try Supermarket homewareS Although it’s nice to splash out on something a bit pricier for your home every now and then, most of us need to keep costs down as much as possible. Over the past few years many of the supermarkets and department stores have really upped their game when it comes to homewares, widening their ranges, increasing quality and lowering prices. Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons all offer a good selection, from clocks to cushions, and, as you’ll often find similar trends across all stores, you can mix and match items to create the perfect look for you.
5 ViSit SalVage yardS Scouring reclamation and salvage yards has become a popular pastime over the past few years, and if you have the time to trawl and rummage, you could come across just what you’ve been looking for at a great price.
Originally posted 2015-01-29 09:43:32.