Purchasing a new home is an exciting, yet overwhelming moment in many people’s lives. While buying the house itself is a challenge, filling it with furniture and décor can prove to be just as difficult.

Typically, every new homeowner will need to buy some furniture. And unfortunately, it’s very easy to empty your wallet on a new piece of furniture; inflated prices and not-so-clear financing options can leave us with buyer’s remorse. Thankfully, there are ways to choose furniture on a budget and keep your hard-earned cash where it belongs—in your pocket.

Prioritize What You Need

If you can’t afford to buy everything for a room at once, it’s important that you determine which pieces you need most and focus on buying those first. Taking the furnishing process step-by-step in this manner will allow you to eventually obtain everything you need without spending beyond your means. The key here is to be patient. While it may be tempting to buy everything in one go, it’s crucial that you give your bank account time to recover after each purchase—especially if you want to stay on top of your budget.

Search for Sales and Events

Another way to go about buying furniture on a budget is to keep an eye out for any sales or deals going on at your local stores. Retailers will occasionally offer the models from last season at a deep discount or will have an annual sales event where you can get like-new furniture at a fraction of the cost. If you’re looking for an even steeper discount, matching sets will also generally come in a package deal.

Consider Shopping Online

If checking out your local retailers aren’t proving to be beneficial, researching a few e-commerce sites could help you find what you’re looking for. Shopping for your furniture online can expose you to more options (some you may have never known about) and can also help you find an exclusive deal that isn’t available in stores. This method also makes it easier for you to shop around and compare prices across multiple sources so that you can ensure you’re getting the best possible deal.

Buy Multipurpose Furniture

Though we may not realize it, there are a variety of pieces on the market that come with secondary purposes. A dresser and mirror set can double as a vanity table, or you can instantly transform a sleeper sofa into a bed—the options are endless when you purchase multipurpose furniture. While some of these pieces can be a bit more expensive right out of the gate, they’ll save you money in the long run because you won’t need to invest in a second piece to do the same job. With this method, you’ll be able to kill two birds with one stone, plus you’ll save space in your new home since you only need one and not two pieces of furniture.

Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.