Posts Tagged ‘furniture’

The Cost of Furnishing a Home

August 1, 2009

I just added up what we’ve spent on big furniture pieces.

$3892.75

Here’s what we bought:

  1. Queen mattress set plus bed rails
  2. King mattress set
  3. King bed and two nightstands
  4. Dining table
  5. Eight dining chairs
  6. Couch table to be used as buffet table

How naive was I to budget only $2000 for the house our first month? I really thought we’d buy the queen bed for our guest room and live in there for awhile. But we started browsing (intensely really, as we went to multiple places, multiple times) and found all the dining room items that we loved, and a bedroom set that was a fantastic deal. I really wish we could’ve found all of the stuff at one place, but we ended up having to spend three separate delivery fees. Argh.

Other things that we purchased that fell under our House category:

  1. portable phones
  2. floor lamps
  3. entry rug
  4. entry mirror
  5. picture frames and artwork
  6. lawnmower
  7. security system
  8. patio furniture
  9. outdoor rug
  10. solar lights
  11. and some bills, of course

Add all that up, throw in moving costs (less than $100), pizza for the family that helped move us, and random other things, and it’s a grand total of over $6000 that we’ve spent on our house.

YIKES.

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Enjoying Home

July 30, 2009

I’ve had a busy past few days, including some out-of-town work. When I got back, I really was thankful to be at home with Mr D2S. Just hanging out at home, on the couch, with the tv and the laptop, it’s the best.

We’re loving our new home, but have spent so much money furnishing it. I’d feel even guiltier for spending so much so fast, but the fact that we both are crazy about our bedroom and dining furniture makes me very happy. I really think we’ll use them for years and years and years.

Today we went looking for a little reading chair to put in the guest room. A consignment store I knew of turned out to be closed for good, so we hit up some antique stores. A couple things would’ve worked and did fit our budget (fifty or less), but nothing really seemed to be our style.

Today turned out to be a no-spend day. I made lunch at home and we both ate leftovers for dinner (him at work, me at home). My gas tank is almost on E, but I only have to drive about four miles tomorrow for work, so I’ll just keep riding on fumes.

Not-so-free Furniture

July 15, 2009

It’s amazing how I can go from being excited about NOT spending money (see last post regarding museum and dinner), to how excited I am about spending a LOT of money.

We just chunked down right over 3 grand on furniture. Well, we actually only paid 20% today, but that’s a tale for the next post.

Since we’ve moved into our new home (about three weeks ago), we’ve purchased quite a few items. The first was a queen size mattress set. We had spent our first nine months of marriage as renters sleeping on a very used full-size mattres, and by golly, it was time to move up. We bought a fairly economical queen, and have been enjoying it in our guest room. But our eventual plan was to get a king for us in the master bedroom. (I used to think king-size was overkill, but as an above-average height woman, with a husband and a dog that’s afraid of storms, king it is!)

We went browsing at a furniture store the other night and found a king-size canopy bed we both agreed on, and a couple dining room tables that were contenders. We’re going back for the bed sometime soon (and have a $100 giftcard to put towards it!).

Move on to today, and we’re at another furniture store. We’d bought a very reasonable bedroom set at this place right before we got married. I’d told Mr D2S that I refused to move in until there was at least a dresser for me to put my stuff in! 🙂 Anyways, the same lovely saleswoman that sold us that set, showed us around today. Well, she didn’t really show us around, and that’s what makes her lovelier. Furniture salespeople can get pretty annoying.

After browsing, we found a table that we both LOVE, and it had an affordable matching sofa table that will work perfectly as a sidebar for our dining room. We decide to go ahead and get it, and since we’re going to be paying for delivery, might as well check out the mattresses. (We were content with crashing in the guestroom for awhile longer.) They were having a really good sale (thanks to liquidations and the bad economy!) A very comfy, lush king was priced at $939, but a joking “will it drop any more in price?” led to us buying it for $800. It’s much higher quality than I expected us to buy, but I think it’s money well spent.