Living in an apartment often means living on a budget. Especially if you've just moved out on your own for the first time. Shelling out money for deposits and utilities can dwindle your bank account, so finding the cash for furniture could be tough. But that's not to say you can't find things on the cheap.
Here are some ways to furnish your family room for less than $100.
Craigslist and local Facebook yard sale groups can be a gold mine for FREE stuff. It might take some leg work but keep searching and you may happen upon someone looking to offload a couch or coffee table before they make a long-distance move.
The key here is to be vigilant. Try to be the first one to respond to the ad and be ready to pick up the furniture quickly. It will be a huge payoff if you can walk away with free stuff.
People get rid of some nice stuff. Often times, when someone is moving, they'll donate furniture and buy new for their new place. Thrift shopping can lead to a real diamond in the rough.
Thrift stores can be a good place to find items like end tables, chairs and a TV stand on the cheap. Expect to spend about $20 to $40 on these pieces.
Hit up thrift stores or garage sales in the more posh areas of town to find nicer items. Chances are if someone is moving out of an expensive home, they're selling (or maybe even giving away) some quality stuff.
Be prepared to haggle over price. Most sellers are willing to go about $20 below asking price. If a coffee table is listed for $60, offer $30 and go from there. It might not work every time but it's worth a shot.
Ask family members if they have any furniture they may want to get rid of. That TV stand or old couch in your parents' basement could be perfect for your new place.
You can give old furniture new life with a coat of spray paint or chalk paint – which will only cost you about $20. Take a look at this side table revamped by a blogger with chalk paint.
Paint can also refresh thrift store find lamps. Take a look at this simple DIY project.
If you're willing to spend the time, furnishing your family room doesn't have to be an expensive project. Stick to these tips and don't forget to negotiate that price down!