1. Before you go furnishings shopping, decide right away the minimum of what you need to purchase for each room in your home and make a list of essential home furniture. Do not forget about sizes and other preferences to the list. If you have a roommate, be sure to consider his or her opinion before purchasing furniture.
2. Stop at nothing to find wholesalers and discounters. Doing this will save you a aggregation of money. While there are sometimes minor issues on these pieces, they are ofttimes issues will not even notice. Do not over analyze a major decision, one ding will happen very easily once in your house anyway.
3. Decide on a budget. Question yourself, are you purchasing for a home apartment furniture or something else? Set a budget and stick to it. It haw mean making more than one trip to look for sales and such, but in the end it will be worth it as you won't have spent more than you can afford to.
4. Shop at stores like the Rescue Mission and Salvation Army. We have personally gotten some very nice pieces of furnishings by shopping at thrift stores. Some hardware places will clear out high quality items from their hardware areas that have been left behind by people who did not keep up their fees, or others decide they have to have new furnishings every couple of years, even though there is scarce any wear and tear on their older furniture. Whatever the reason, you can ofttimes find bargains on nearly new furnishings at second-hand stores.
5. Buy your furnishings from a furnishings warehouse where the sales clerks are paid on commission. Sometimes you can bargain with the clerk and find out that if you purchase more than one example of furnishings you can get a better and bigger discount.