As Christmas approaches you start seeing television commercials for all the ‘boxing day blow out’ sales from the typical, low-quality, chain furniture stores. You look around your living room at your old, tired and somewhat shabby furnishings and think about how nice it would be to have new furniture for the holidays.
If your budget allows, treat yourself to a piece of new furniture this Christmas, but resist the urge to rush to that chain store and buy that faux leather love seat for $299, even if you don’t have to pay until 2025. Pace yourself, and instead of replacing every piece of furniture in the room use your budget to purchase one or two high quality furniture items from a reputable furniture retailer. Not only will you have nicer furniture, you’ll have spent your money more wisely.
The truth is that those cheapo furniture items will fall apart sooner than later. Just browse Kijiji and you’ll find hundreds of postings, advertising furniture that was just purchased a few years prior. Spending a little bit more money upfront will ensure you have a beautiful piece of furniture for years to come. This kind of furniture grows with you and your family; it is durable, classic and timeless. Who knows, it could even become a family heirloom.
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Your furniture plays a major role in how your family functions in the home and can bring you more enjoyment. Imagine walking into the room and seeing beautiful, comfortable and unique furniture that suites you perfectly. Stepping into that kind of environment on a daily basis can be considered a return on your investment, and not something you’ll experience with cheap furniture you have settled for.
But what about the COST?
Focus on investing on quality over just buying some expensive furniture. There is a difference. You can find top quality furniture without breaking the bank. Even high-end furniture stores have specials, especially nearing the end of the year. You can also hit up estate sales, flea markets, auctions and antique shops for those one-of-a kind pieces. Take some time and look at a few items, think about it, and then make your purchase.
Quality furniture makers know the value of their product and chances are hand crafted or high end furniture will cost more, but keep in mind you don’t have to buy everything you want or need all at once! Furnish your home piece by piece, so it fits into your budget, and put yourself on a financial plan that allows you to upgrade your furnishings gradually. Don’t waste your money on something you don’t actually love and that won’t last.
One day you’ll look around the room and instead of seeing that old, tired and shabby furniture you will find yourself surrounded in gorgeous, high quality furnishings that make you feel better about home, your environment and the choices you made.
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