Furnishing a New Apartment on a Budget

Furnishing a New Apartment on a Budget

Whether you are moving into your very first apartment or need some new pieces for your space, furnishing an apartment can quickly add up. From carpets to couches, there are certain ways to acquire great pieces without overpaying. Avoid a shock when you see your credit card statement after a shopping spree by implementing some of these savvy shopping tactics:

Family unpacking cardboard boxes at new home.

 

  • Browser Extensions – If you use Google Chrome to do your online shopping, you will want to explore the Chrome Web Store’s free extensions. There are some extensions dedicated to helping you save money. For example, Honey automatically scans possible coupon codes for you at checkout without you having to do research on third-party sites.
  • Coupons – Often times when you give your email address to a company via their website they will send you a welcome discount. Refrain from giving your email for the first time until you know you are ready to make a purchase. You don’t want the coupon to expire if you take a long time to make a decision!
  • Forums – Social media is a great tool for finding second-hand furniture and decor. Facebook Marketplace is one example of a place where people can post photos of things they are trying to sell with a price. You can search for what you are looking for using keywords and a distance parameter. Often times, you can also negotiate the price with the seller. As with any online connection, use your judgement and arrange to make the exchange in a public, populated place.
  • Second Hand Stores – Thrift stores contain a treasure trove of unique pieces to fill your new apartment with. Some might need some TLC, while you might find someone donated items in perfect condition. Depending on how crafty you are, you can find and rehab a piece of furniture as a fun project.
  • Yard Sales – Keep an eye out around town for yard, estate, and moving sales signs. Furniture such as couches and loveseats can be a pain to move long distances so people often try and sell them before they move. Yard sales are great because you can inspect the condition of what you are buying in person before making an offer.
  • Ask Friends and Family – If you have friends and family in the area, don’t be afraid to ask if they have any extra furniture they are trying to get rid of, or if they know someone who does. Networking is a great strategy for furnishing your space!

 

 

Moving into an apartment is an exciting life event! Once your move is set and you implement some of the above shopping tactics to fill you space, you will have plenty of time to enjoy your new town.

 

The White Oak communities are professionally managed by Grady Management, Inc. Learn more about Grady Management on the official website or Facebook page. While all White Oak communities are located close to Silver Spring, they each provide their own unique and quality apartment features and community amenities to fit the specific needs of the resident and provide the best of the best in apartment living.

Spring in Silver Spring, MD

There is nothing quite like spring in Silver Spring, MD. While winter was mild, the rain this past year has not been. Now that April showers are a thing of the past, May’s list of local events promises to make you want to get out and about. Take a look at some entertaining activities to add to your social calendar this spring:

May 10

Shake off the stress of the week on Fridays throughout the spring and summer at TGIF Downtown Street Party. May 10 will feature Classic Soul music at the Fountain Plaza. Enjoy drinks and games while you jam out.

May 12

You won’t want to miss Songs I Never Get to Sing presented by Bethesda Little Theatre at the Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center. Enjoy the singing styles of a diverse array of artists as they explore songs that are typically sung very differently.

Thursdays

If you work near the Fountain Plaza and need a break at lunchtime, enjoy live music on Thursdays from 12:30-2:30 pm. Check out the calendar of performers.

Saturdays & Sundays

The FRESHFARM Downtown Silver Spring Market is a farmer’s market dedicated to fresh produce, desserts, and other goods directly from the producers. Pick up some tasty treats for the week and explore new vendors with each visit.

If you are new to town and not ready to jump into the local scene, check out some of these tips for exploring your new home. Organized events aren’t the only way to have fun this spring. Silver Spring, MD boasts nearly a dozen public parks, perfect for strolls or simply enjoying nature. Some are even pet-friendly! Residents of Vista at White Oak, Montgomery Paint Branch, and Yorkshire Apartment Homes benefit from their convenient location to all the bustle.

The White Oak communities are professionally managed by Grady Management, Inc. Learn more about Grady Management on the official website or Facebook page. While all White Oak communities are located close to Silver Spring, they each provide their own unique and quality apartment features and community amenities to fit the specific needs of the resident and provide the best of the best in apartment living.