Where to buy home essentials for a low price?

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Found 11th Mar 2011
I need a bit of help here. I have moved into a new house and apart from having to do the walls I am thinking of starting to order home essentials so I can start living there soon.

I'm not sure how many years I'll be living there so I want to buy home essentials for a low price but good quality.

I'm not sure if there are any good deals about but I am looking for things like a bed, mattress, not in a hurry for things like cupboards as I can hang clothes on a rack I have and can buy one later.

Other things are fridge/freezer, probably want a slimline one so it doesn't take too much space. Microwave, washing machine (and a dryer in one possibly as I don't have a garden to hang clothes in) and iron, ironing board etc.

I'm not sure how to budget on this and what I should spend more/less on.

So I'm looking for help for home essentials that are low in price and will last awhile. As low as possible would be great but at the moment I'm not sure what good prices are. Obviously for some things I can spend more if the lower priced items are not of good quality or likely to stop working after a year. Help needed.

22 Comments

Try eBay, my immaculate solid wood double bed went for 13.50 last week. There's a few 'local eBay finder' websites about that search for items within X miles of you

Original Poster

Is eBay for new items? I'd rather purchase my own than second hand (no offence or anything but other items I am fine for second hand but because I;m moving to a new home I'd rather buy new items).

eBay, maybe even some charity shops.

Ah ok, didn't realise you wanted new

There are new bits on there, but not incredibly cheaply.

Argos have a few 'starter' sets for utensils and things.

My advice would be to not buy a crappy knife block full of knives you'll not use. Buy a small paring knife and a decent chefs knife. I wouldn't scrimp on pans either

wilkinsons and argos do a value range

For new stuff, places like Matalan and Ikea are good.
Don't discount the idea of eBay, there are lots of new things on there as well as used.

ooo yes and ikea

sancho1983

Ah ok, didn't realise you wanted new There are new bits on there, but not … Ah ok, didn't realise you wanted new There are new bits on there, but not incredibly cheaply.Argos have a few 'starter' sets for utensils and things.My advice would be to not buy a crappy knife block full of knives you'll not use. Buy a small paring knife and a decent chefs knife. I wouldn't scrimp on pans either



agree with this, like ikea do cheap cutlerly and stuff but if you buy cheap stuff new its crap, get a few things of decent quality and slowly build up if need be, one good knife is way better than a load of cheap blunt crappy ones,

anyone ever used the forks that come in ikea cheap cutlery? like a mini trident.. sooo bad

they do great cheap glasses though

There is the Tesco value range as well which can be good, things like glasses etc
Plus for white goods keep on browsing the deal section on here, good deals seem to pop up quite a lot for things like washing machines and fridges etc.

Original Poster

Thanks I'll note that. I would only get a few bits and pieces for the kitchen for now.

I am looking for the bigger items that take longer for delivery. Bed, fridge/freezer, washing machine... are there any good items for under £100? How much am I looking to spend here?

Both Asda and Morrisons do good range of bedding, microwaves, general housewares items etc asda often have an end of range that there selling of it's usualy being in the right place at the right time.

Don't buy a cheap mattress, you spend a third of your life on it

Original Poster

Can you recommend a good mattress brand?

sancho1983

Don't buy a cheap mattress, you spend a third of your life on it


rosiek299

Thanks I'll note that. I would only get a few bits and pieces for the … Thanks I'll note that. I would only get a few bits and pieces for the kitchen for now.I am looking for the bigger items that take longer for delivery. Bed, fridge/freezer, washing machine... are there any good items for under £100? How much am I looking to spend here?



With your bed, make sure you try before you buy and haggle, these constant 'sales' the bed shops have still leave room for negotiation. As sancho says, invest in a good mattress.

Original Poster

i was thinking of simply ordering a bed from argos or something. :s so it's better to go to a shop?

I'm looking into buying myself white goods next week when I get the keys to a new flat. I've found that for standard, non-discounted pricing, Comet is pretty good with free delivery after just a couple of days. I need washing machine, fridge freezer and cooker and because I won't use them very often, I'm expecting to pay about £200-£250 for each. Luckily my deposit on here is near £900 and so will cover the costs well.

I'm lucky in that I have all the other bits as well and not starting from stratch.

If someone can point me in a direction of somewhere cheaper, I'd be as grateful as rosiek299 would.

Tesco direct have pretty good deals on bed frames, I purchased a king size for £75 very solid and sturdy.
BHS, ikea, Asda direct etc

Ebay are pretty good for brand new items, purchased my sofa on there was at least 50% cheaper and great quality.

Ikea! some of the things can be really cheap, like the 99p frying pan

Original Poster

Can anyone recommend items online like fridge/freezer, microwave, washing machine and cooker like richardeames mentioned?

just use this website, and search in the home section for any deals that might be running that was most valuable to me.

Original Poster

I have found some items using this website.

Are there any good fridge/freezers in the £100-£200 range? Slimline so it doesn't take up too much space.

asda had some fridges in for less than £100 the other day.
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