Online, outlets, and auctions -
Consider them. Even if you have always bought locally, from known retailers, consider online sites. Consider catalogue sites offering financing options, consider outlet retailers, and consider visiting a few local auctions or auction sites. You will be truly surprised by the savings to be found, and the items you can truly find out there, if you are willing to shop around for them. There are loads of catalogue comparison sites which can help you find the products you are looking for.
Consider second hand -
Many people don't like used, but more often than not, used typically means very light wear, and little to no visible issues. In fact, you can save more than 50% on second hand sofas if you know where to look for them, so add this to your list of things to consider when shopping for homewares.
Ask for it -
You would be surprised at how many retailers are willing to negotiate on a price deal if you simply ask for it. The problem is most customers are content with paying the price marked on a label. Ask for a discount, ask if they can knock down the price, and if you are buying several items, inquire about deals or discount bulk pricing options offered. You might be surprised at just how much you can really save, just by asking for a cheaper price on items you are going to buy for your home.
Swapping items with family or friends, financing purchases, and even looking for free items through local community events, are all viable solutions to those who need to purchase homewares, but are on a budget when they are ready to make those purchases for the home.