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6 Tips to Save Money on Your Home Office

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6 Tips to Save Money on Your Home Office

Postby Dan484 » Thu Apr 02, 2009 1:13 pm

Now more than ever we are all trying to cut costs and save money. Your home office is a very important place that demands a lot of supplies and equipment to be productive. Here are some tips to help you save money on your home office and get a little greener in the process.

Desk: You can't skimp on a good chair for your back, but you can definitely Get a cheap desk that is large enough for your work space. Create a desk with a piece of plywood top or use an old door with the hardware removed with two file cabinets underneath to hold it up. This is cheap, extremely solid and creates storage space.

Computer: Consider buying a refurbished one. Most people don't need a loaded computer because the majority of work is done over the internet; so if your computer is slow, it might be viruses or your internet connection. A laptop would also be a better choice because it uses up less energy than a PC.

Lighting: Work in a bright room to avoid buying and using extra lamps, light bulbs and paying for energy to keep the room lit. Always switch to compact florescence light bulbs for energy savings.

Phone: Ditch your expensive land line service for Skype or Vonage to make calls. All Skype calls are free and Vonage costs only $25 a month for all the calling features you need with free calling across the U.S., Mexico and Canada.

Furniture: Buy used office furniture from the Salvation Army, Good Will, criagslist, or garage sales. Buying used furniture that is of higher quality will save money by not having to constantly replace cheap particle board furniture and adding to the landfill.

Printer: Set it up to print on both sides of the paper. Shop at discount ink websites like 123inkjets.com or 4inkjets.com. You could also invest in an ink refill kit. Use color on only necessary and important documents, otherwise use black.


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Postby lisamariemary » Thu Apr 02, 2009 4:32 pm

Great post, Dan - thanks for sharing it with us!

I especially liked this part:
Buying used furniture that is of higher quality will save money by not having to constantly replace cheap particle board furniture and adding to the landfill.


That is SUCH a good point! I need a new desk and some storage in my office - think I'll head to some local thrift shops to see what I can find. I was thinking about some of that cheapo stuff (maybe even some of those plastic drawers) from WalMart or something...but, this is a much better idea! I know the last time I was in a thrift store, they had some of those wonderful old desks from the 70's - there were several I really, really liked!

And I was planning on getting a chair from Target - it's about $89, looks pretty comfy - much better than what I've got now. I really wanted one like Lynn's - but, I didn't want to spend that much right now. But the other day, Joel Comm was showing us his new chair from Sam's and it looked WAY cushy - I thought he was going to say it was at least $500 - it was ONLY $200!!! I might get that for my bday in May....or try to catch one like Lynn's on sale somewhere....

But yeah, definitely going thrift on the shelves, storage, and desk.

Oh, in fact, there's a great antique store up the road from my MIL's place that might have something for me....

Thanks for getting me thinking more clearly on this! :)
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Postby angienewton » Fri Apr 03, 2009 10:48 am

Very good tips! Thanks for sharing.
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Postby terrapin719 » Sat Apr 04, 2009 9:11 pm

Thanks for the budget friendly office tips ;) We recently moved and I've had to condense things from having a whole office into having an itty bitty desk in my dining room.... it's been an interesting change.
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Postby Juliusanderson » Tue Apr 07, 2009 4:35 am

Good tips, but i thinks there are some premises that are very essential so one can avoid expensive things and unnecessary cost to buy them
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Postby wade_watson » Tue Apr 07, 2009 11:15 pm

Good tips. As far as office furniture goes, I'd suggest making a couple of business liquidation auctions. I go to these all the time and I often see good quality desks, chairs, etc. go for pocket change. I'll never buy another screw-it-together Office Depot particle board piece again when I can get sturdy Herman Miller a fraction of the price of the cheap stuff.

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Postby angienewton » Wed Apr 08, 2009 10:56 am

Hey Wade, that is a great tip. My parent's go to regular auctions all the time and usually find great deals on furniture of all kinds but I imagine those business liquidation ones would be better if that's all you're looking for. Thanks
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Postby Lancelot » Fri May 22, 2009 8:31 am

Lighting: Work in a bright room to avoid buying and using extra lamps, light bulbs and paying for energy to keep the room lit. Always switch to compact florescence light bulbs for energy savings

A nice tip to look for always. Hire the place with enough lighting in day time to save more.
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Postby dagmar » Mon Jun 22, 2009 12:01 pm

Thanks for the nice tips. I'm already implementing some of them.

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