It is no secret that the financial burden of college is heavy. With tuition, text books, rent, food, and various expenses running amuck, furnishing your home can seem like a task that your college budget just does not account for. Luckily there are various ways you can save your hard-earned dollars while making sure your home is looking good, and your personal style is intact.
Making your own décor is a great way to save some dough. Simple arts and crafts can add character, homeyness, and of course, style. The greatest part is many previously owned materials can be revamped with a simple coat of paint, lights, glue, and a little creativity. Not only are these projects affordable but they are fun, providing bonding time for roommates or personal time for yourself. Pinterest is a great place to find the newest in DIY and get you started on your journey.
Thrift stores, second hand stores, or websites like Craigslist are great places to find unique décor at affordable prices. Often pieces are in great condition, and if not they can easily be refurbished. You never know what you are going to find, between artwork, rugs, pillows and much more, you may just get lucky! Additionally, discount stores such as TJ Maxx, Marshalls, Ross, or Home Goods often carry housewares and decor at discounted prices.
Instead of worrying about finding inexpensive furniture that may not to look good or last long, consider renting furniture. You get the utmost style and do not have to deal with the hassle of buying your own. Minimal effort is required when renting furniture, and with a busy student lifestyle this is very important. Rental furniture is delivered, arranged how you would like it, then taken away when you’re don—no sweat off your back! Plus, splitting the costs with your roommates makes this option very cost affordable.
While furnishing your college home may seem like a huge task, there are many cost effective alternatives to ensure comfort, style, and ease. All you need is a little patience and creativity! Good luck!