I said in a post shortly after we’d sold the boat that Hubby and I reckoned we could furnish and carpet a small house for around £5000.
Our new home cost a little more than we had hoped, but saying that we did have a fully fitted kitchen with fridge, freezer, washing machine, oven and hob. It was also carpeted throughout and had been recently decorated.
That saved us some vital expense, and so at the end of our purchase taking into account our legal fees, we actually had about £4000 left in the pot to furnish it.
I was relieved as it gave us breathing room.
I’d made a list with prices accordingly and for the most part we purchased under budget.
We had our new mattress and bed, kitchen cupboards for wardrobes (perfectly fine for us)
kitted out the lounge with donated chairs, a second hand sofa bed and a standard lamp
and later a table and four chairs.
Our extravagance was my piano.
We didn’t expect to have to fork out two grand for a new boiler, fifty quid for a new shower, or two lots of vet bills.
Still, if we ignore all that, we actually did it on less than two thousand.
The Man Cave (shed/outbuilding), replacement oven and spare room furniture are on hold for the minute as we will have to live extremely frugally for the next few months, especially as our income is about to take a dive by some 35%, hopefully only temporarily.
But the good news is that everything is paid for. We still don’t owe a penny to a soul (not even the gas company), and we can cover all utilities, fuel for the car and food to our normal budget.