How to save while furnishing your new home in Singapore

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How to make every cent count.

Outfitting a new home with brand new furniture and appliances isn't cheap (nor easy), especially if you're looking for items that will get you the best bang for your buck.

Nonetheless, it's not an impossible task - all you just need are some ways to stretch your dollar further, which is exactly what we have here. So, read on for some practical shopping tips and money saving moves!

1. MAKE A SHOPPING LIST

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We make to-buy lists when we head to the grocery store, so why not do the same before shopping for your new home?

Aside from providing an easy way to keep track what has been bought, a simple list will also serve as an on-hand reminder to buy only what you need (so you won't experience any post-retail regrets).

2. TIME YOUR PURCHASES RIGHT

There are good times and bad times to go about everything, and it's a rule that applies to furniture shopping too.

As any seasoned local shopper will tell you, the best times to hit the stores are in June and July, because that's when the Great Singapore Sale takes place.

Likewise, local holidays (think Chinese New Year, Hari Raya, and of course, National Day) are another great time to make your purchases.

3. CHECK ONLINE MARKETPLACES

Virtual platforms, such as Carousell and Facebook Marketplace, are great avenues to explore if you're on the hunt for affordable, pre-loved furniture/appliances or vintage pieces, such as rattan seats or cherrywood tables.

Also, if you wish to #supportlocal, there are Singapore furniture makers selling their wares online too!

4. REUSE, REDUCE, RECYCLE

The 3Rs need no introduction.

But of the trio, 'reuse' is probably the most relevant for saving both your wallet and the environment.

All you just need to do is to move old furniture and appliances to your new home. Talk about killing two birds with one stone, huh?

5. HUNT FOR LOOKALIKES

Ever had a swanky luxury handbag or a designer outfit caught your eye, only to find out it costs more than your entire month's salary?

Well, there's a solution that applies to buying furniture too - and that's finding good-quality lookalikes (not cheap knockoffs).

To get you started on your search, here are 7 affordable alternatives to high-end pieces that you can find at local furniture stores!

6. LOOK OUT FOR BONUSES!

This tip needs no explaining, but if you would like to get your money's worth, do keep your eyes peeled for goodies that come along with your furniture and/or appliance purchase, such as free delivery or bundled gifts.

This article was first published on Qanvast.

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