4 Frugal Home Furnishing Ideas

Furnishing your home can be expensive—but it doesn’t have to be, says interior designer Jeff Wade, who shared these tips with Reader’s Digest.

Furniture: Most furniture companies have an outlet or website that sells floor samples, discontinued styles, and returned merchandise at 25 to 40 percent off the designer price (typically 40 percent below retail). Call your local store or check the website to find out. At boutiques, ask the owner if she works with “the trade.” Offer the price designers pay (usually 20 percent off retail at these smaller shops), Wade says, and “nine times out of ten, she’ll sell it to you.”

Fabric and wallpaper: Fabric mills always have discontinued fabrics and wallpaper—often at 40 percent or more off wholesale. Call the corporate offices and ask if their showrooms are open to the public. (Just make sure there’s enough material in stock for your project.)

Rugs and flooring:The markup for rugs and flooring is steep, so for these items, stick with wholesalers that trusted friends have used, and see if they offer free shipping and money-back guarantees.

Appliances: Ask your contractor where he gets his appliances. Many stores have a warehouse full of returns and floor models at incredible savings.

Become more interesting every week!

Get our Read Up newsletter

how we use your e-mail

Some people like to travel by train because 
it combines the slowness of a car with the cramped public exposure of 
an airplane.

Dennis Miller

I think my pilot was a little inexperienced. We were sitting on the runway, and he said, “OK, folks, we’re gonna be taking off in a just few—whoa! Here we go.”

Kevin Nealon

“I can’t wait until your vacation is over.” 
—Everyone following you on Instagram


A man knocked on my door and asked for a donation toward the local swimming pool. So I gave him a glass of water.

Comedian Greg Davies

Funny Jokes

Just found the worst page in the entire dictionary. What I saw was disgraceful, disgusting, dishonest, and disingenuous.


Funny Jokes

Client: We need you to log in to the YouTube and make all our company videos viral.

From clientsfromhell.net

Funny Jokes

My cat just walked up to the paper shredder and said, “Teach me 
everything you know.”


Funny Jokes

“Just because you can’t dance doesn’t mean you shouldn’t dance.” 

@yoyoha (Josh Hara)

Funny Jokes

My parents didn’t want to move to Florida, but they turned 60 and that’s the law.

—Jerry Seinfeld

Funny Jokes

Q: What do you call an Amish guy with his hand in a horse’s mouth?

A: A mechanic.