Finances are always a difficult subject to broach no matter where you are in a relationship. However, it’s one those must-have conversations that sets the financial tone for the rest of your life. If you’re both on the same page from the get-go, it’ll make life and decisions so much less stressful for the both of you.
Diving head-first into a spending spree is easy if you’ve just returned from an amazing honeymoon. The honeymoon high should however only extend to your bedroom and demeanour towards each other if you know what we mean. Coming into the habit of frugality will help you build a financial stable partnership that can help weather any storm.
Though frugality should not be misinterpreted as being cheap, which could cost you in the long run. When furnishing your first house there are a few items that are worth spending a bit more money on that are considered investment pieces for your home and health.
1. A sofa
When you’re at home this is probably where you will spend most of your waking time, even if neither of you are couch slouches. A good quality sofa that speaks to your interior aesthetic will help anchor a living/entertainment room and pave the way for your interior design in the years to come. A cheap sofa might last you five years, whereas a good quality one that is manufactured using durable materials and a strong frame could last decades.
2. A new mattress
Yes, absolutely no one is going to see what kind of mattress you bought. But you’ll both know by the quality of sleep you’re getting every night. A good quality mattress will also last longer, saving you money in the long run. The Bed Shop offers a wide range of the best quality bed sets and mattresses at competitive prices. Dynamic Bedding manufactures and supplies mattresses exclusively to The Bed Shop using only the very best sleep technology, materials and fabrics. The Bed Shop also offers a lay by option which gives you up to 12 months interest and hidden cost free lay by on beds.
3. Quality appliances
If your appliances are breaking down every second month it might be time purchase new ones. If, however you don’t have said dishwasher (also known as the marriage saviour) or a vacuum to clean the carpets in your new home, it’s worth spending a bit more on quality appliances that you’ve thoroughly researched, and price compared. It’s also worth checking the warrantee on every appliance to ensure that if it breaks it’s covered.
4. A rug
This is another one of those interior pieces that will set the tone and style for your house in the years to come. A good quality rug will stay with you forever if taken proper care of. The right one will also be able to transition from your living room to your kitchen or bedroom.
And two items that are not worth the spend
1. The biggest, newest television
The technology in this area is constantly changing, so if you’re trying to keep up you’ll only lose out in the long run. You also won’t miss much technology wise if you buy last year’s model for half the price.
2. Anything trendy
Expensive décor pieces that are super trendy – we’re looking at you ghost chairs and geometric vase that serves no purpose. There’s nothing wrong with a clean minimalist approach when it comes to decorating. Instead of jumping on every décor trend, slowly add décor accents that really speak to your style and buy when you do have the money.
Written by: The Bed Shop SA