How to Furnish a New Home For Next to Nothing

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

We’ve been in the house for about a year, and now have a well furnished home. We furnished our house almost for free by using a few methods: Repurpose Old Pieces . Typically they don’t want to bring it to the dump or donate it because the item is in good condition.

Donating Household Clutter and Taking a Tax Deduction

Family Balance Sheet

Unfortunately not everything in your home is considered a tax deduction if donated. There are rules to follow when taking a tax deduction for your donated items. Household items that can be deducted if donated are furniture and furnishings, electronics, appliances, linens, and other similar items. My experience : The Salvation Army gave me a dated blank receipt for the donated goods. They also include a valuation guide for items donated to the Salvation Army.

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My Best Garage Sale Finds

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But, find one in a high end neighborhood, one where the store sorts through the donations to select only the best. For example, if you want to buy slightly used home furnishings, find an upscale neighborhood where the kids are mostly grown. I love a bargain.

Ikea Bring Your Own Friends Free Event

For the Mommas

Free customized design advice with “Ask a Home Furnishings Expert”. In addition for each friend invited, IKEA will donate $1 to Save the Children, up to $50,000.

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Stuff – Full Circle

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Things like he matching bedroom set, the lovely drapes, the brand new lawn equipment, and beautifully coordinated nursery furnishings. You donate to suitable charities. All my life, others have tried to make me feel guilty about stuff – guilty about not having enough stuff, guilty about not having the right stuff, guilty about having too much stuff, guilty about spending too much money on stuff or not spending enough on stuff, and guilty about throwing stuff away.

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6 Tips to Save Money On Home Décor

Saving Cents With Sense

1 – Look for used furniture instead of new furnishings. A lot of people give away their furniture and other furnishings and belongings simply because it is easier and faster than selling it. If you can’t sell something, consider donating it and at least getting the tax write off.

Restaurant & Retail Coupon Roundup | Einstein Bros, Arby’s & More

Saving Cents With Sense

Top Retail Coupons: American Eagle Coupon – 20% Off New Jeans Purchase When You Donate a Used Pair (exp: 10/14/2012). World Market Coupon – 25% Off All Home Furnishings, Décor, Gifts + More (login required) (exp: 10/8/2012).