Moving out on your own (or with a housemate) is an exciting experience. It’s the first time you’re out of your parents’ home or university res and the new place smells just like freedom. But, unless your place is already fully furnished, it’s also empty and that’s a problem. Let’s be honest, without a full time job, you simply don’t have the cash to go out and buy every single piece of furniture you need. So, how do you make your new home liveable without spending money you don’t have? See what family members have lying around Your parents probably have a few odds and ends sitting in storage. People often keep things like old coffee tables, bookshelves and chairs for when their children eventually move out. You can also ask other family members if they’re willing to part with some furniture. You’ll be surprised what people have lying around. There may even be some family heirlooms you can take possession of. You may have to offer to pay a small amount for the goods but it will be a lot cheaper than purchasing new.   Second-hand furniture stores are your best friend Look around for second-hand furniture stores. Avoid the hipster “vintage” stores because they’re likely to be over-priced. Find the places that don’t look so great from the outside. You know, the ones with dim lighting and dust in the doorway. You’ll have to hunt around but these shops are filled with bargains. You don’t need a couch straight out a catalogue. Even if it has a few tears in it, you could always cover it up with some nice blankets. Upcycle where you can Okay, so many people upcycle because it’s better for the environment and seems to be the “in” thing to do. But you can also use it as a way to save money and still have your place look trendy. For example, you can turn an old door from parents’ place into a really cool coffee table with a coat of paint, a bit of woodwork and some varnish. Yes, it will take quite a bit of effort but you have to live with these things every day, so doing some serious DIY will be worth it in the long run. You never know, upcycling furniture may become your new hobby (or even a side business).   There are many ways to furnish your new digs without having to spend ridiculous amounts of money. The best part is that you can keep these things for years to come or sell them to other students when you leave university. Image: Pexels

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