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If you plan on moving off campus into an apartment or home, there are some ways you can save money. Moving doesn’t always have to be expensive and you are probably working with a limited budget anyways.
Below, we will go over some ways that you can save money and things that you do not need to spend your additional cash on.
1. Used Furniture
While it may be nice to have brand new furniture, you are looking at spending thousands of dollars to make it happen. Instead of purchasing a new couch for your living room, consider purchasing a used couch from Craigslist or through an online Facebook group.
You will find that you can get some amazing deals on furniture that is gently used and almost new.
2. Skip Brand New Appliances
Similar to furniture, brand new appliances are going to cost you an arm and a leg and you can get them used for a great cost. You can search online forums and similar places to find smaller appliances that others no longer want or need.
In addition, you can look for local hotel liquidation sales or estate sales. You will find quality items at these places that are usually brand new or very gently used.
3. Ask Your Friends and Family
You can ask your friends and family to help you with some of the items that you need. For instance, if you need lamps for your apartment, your family may have extra lamps that they are not using in their home. They may be willing to give them to you to use in your apartment, which will save you money.
4. Shop at Discount Stores and Consignment Shops
If you shop at consignment stores, discount stores, and flea markets, you will be able to find many of the items that you need for a fraction of the cost if you purchased them new.
5. Avoid Hiring Movers
While you may enjoy the thought of hiring a company to come in and move all of your items for you, it is not always a good move financially to do this. Moving companies cost quite a bit of money even for small moves.
To help you move and save money at the same time, you should ask your family and friends if they would be willing to help you. You will find that you are able to get the job done quickly while not dishing out a ton of money.
6. Consider Renting Furniture
If you are in a tough financial spot and you are unable to purchase furniture, consider renting some of the items that you need. Many of the rental places will deliver your items for free and there are promotions that allow you to pay off the furniture within a certain amount of time without having to pay interest on the items.
If you are able to lease furniture, make sure that you inspect the furniture first since you are essentially purchasing it. Not inspecting it could mean that you do not get a quality piece and you do not want to be stuck with junk.
Moving off campus and into an apartment is fun but it can be expensive if you are not prepared. You should sit down and think about your budget along with everything that you need for your new space.
Since you have been living in a dorm, you will need more items than you already have for your apartment. For instance, you did not need to provide a shower curtain and rugs in the dorm bathroom, but you will need to in your new apartment.
The more you prepare for your move, the more money you can save overall. Remember, the above tips will help you and you can sacrifice some things to get you moved in affordably.
Author: Jeff Gitlen