We moved into our house eight months ago and for the first time ever we have a finished basement. Since our previous homes have been fairly small we didn’t have any furniture to put in the basement except for a broken chair and a television we pulled off the curb on bulk trash day. One of our frugal family fun nights involves watching a library movie or playing the Wii, but I had no desire to watch a movie while sitting on the floor.
I really wanted to buy furniture for our basement so searched Craig’s List for used couches. I set a price limit of $250 dollars and knew I would find something quickly. At the beginning of the year my husband suggested we should look for free furniture instead of buying it used. I was more than a little disappointed. I really wanted furniture and I knew I could find it used on Craig’s List for under $250 in a few weeks. But, how can you argue with free?
Then a few weeks ago my husband found a free couch and love seat. When he went to pick it up the lady also gave him two arm chairs, a giant bean bag and a sled to my son because he was a hard worker. All for FREE.
When I walked in the basement and saw our nice, new to us furniture I was so happy I waited for free. So many times we can be tempted to satisfy our desires immediately. In this world it is a daily struggle not to get what we want when we want it. From credit cards to text messaging it isn’t often we must wait for anything.
While I am not suggesting that a person can live their entire life getting everything for free (although there are people who have tried this) I do think that when you want something it is okay to wait and see if you can acquire it for less or even free. From pulling it off the curb on bulk trash day, to finding it in the classifieds, to bartering goods and services the willingness to wait is an investment with big returns. Many times finding what you want for less involves waiting for the perfect opportunity.
My family put this idea into practice again last week. They decorated this cake as a surprise for me when I came home.
It was a Super Bowl cake, but the day after the big game it was marked down to $2.99.
The removed the Super Bowl decorations and re-decorated it as a welcome home cake for me. 🙂
Learning to wait is one of the best money saving tips I know.