When you get married, there’s a lot of advice for newlyweds thrown your way. People are quick to advise you on how to keep your love life sizzling and your relationship happy, but there’s one type of advice for newlyweds that you really should heed, and that’s how to keep your finances in good shape. A great financial future starts by saving money wherever you can, so here’s how to save when buying items for your new household after you get married.
If you’re lucky, one or both of you lived on your own before you got married. If so, you probably have furniture that you can use to furnish your new home, at least temporarily, until you can save up to buy new things for your new house. When you are ready to buy, save money by shopping during peak holiday times, which is when stores typically hold their big sales.
Don’t be afraid to ask for a discount or free delivery. You could be surprised by a “yes” that brings savings, too. Consider buying the floor model, and skip “customized” furniture as it usually costs more.
While you should try to buy the best quality large appliances that you can afford, since you’ll be using most of them daily for years to come, you can still save money with savvy shopping.
For washers, dryers, and refrigerators, look out for “scratch and dent” sales. These are sales stores use to get rid of display models that have been dinged, dented, or scratched while in the store. This type of damage is purely cosmetic, but the savings can be huge. Plus, if the damage is one a side panel, it will likely be hidden by a wall or cupboard anyway once it’s in your home.
One of the easiest ways to save money on your appliances is to use comparison shopping sites online before you go to the store. If you find an appliance cheaper online at another retailer, ask if the store will price-match the item for you.
Dishes, cutlery, and cookware
You don’t have to spend a fortune to get a pretty dining table. Shop for your dishes, cutlery, and cookware during holiday sales. Skip the pricey department store sets and opt for those from large chain stores. They often offer similar patterns at much lower prices.