How To Maximize Your Budget for the Next Fiscal Year
Posted by Ryan Owens on Dec 23rd 2014
No matter what size business or organization you have, staying within budget and saving money is always a worthwhile goal. As a long-time supplier of quality church chairs and other event furniture, we have partnered with our clients through the years to help them achieve this objective. We work hard to offer our merchandise at an affordable price. Our clients come to us for a variety of well-crafted, durable furniture that they can use and enjoy for years to come.
Below are simple and practical ways that you can stay on budget for the incoming year.
It’s no secret that students (especially young children) learn more in an encouraging environment. This includes an open and engaging teaching style as well as a bright and learning-centered classroom.
Create a fun and cheerful classroom for your students without going over budget by recycling as much of last year’s classroom decorations as possible. Contact parents for any educational items they can donate to help make your classroom an exciting center of learning for their children. Whenever possible, repair rather than replace old and worn classroom items. For instance, there are several ways to get rid of stains on a dry erase whiteboard (isopropyl alcohol, an artist’s eraser, even baking soda and a little water) that are all much cheaper than purchasing a new one.
No matter their size, many worship communities are always on economy mode because their material resources are ideally allocated for those with greater need. Any reasonable opportunity to save money is always given serious consideration.
If your congregation already transitioned from wooden pews to church chairs, you can replace only the chairs that are clearly broken or irreparable. If there is nothing wrong with the structure of the chair but the seat is worn and torn, you can have the seat reupholstered for a fraction of the cost of buying a new chair.
Instead of spending on seasonal decorations, make your own or ask members of your congregation to donate items they no longer use. While the savings from church decorations may be small, any opportunity to come together as a community deepens the connection and strengthens the bond of members. In this sense, coming together to find ways to decorate the church frugally is a small step that can have a resounding impact on a worship community.
There’s no need to buy new banquet tables and chairs if your original ones are just old-looking or scratched but still fully safe to use. Tablecloths and chair covers are more affordable remedies that can give your banquet furniture a new lease on life.
Spruce up your banquet halls with a fresh coat of paint, strategically placed mirrors and a variety of affordable lighting fixtures, such as lamps and wall sconces. You’ll be amazed how a well-placed lighting fixture can give your banquet space greater appeal and a totally new look.
You can also consider investing in floor-to-ceiling room dividers so you only need to heat or cool the actual space that your clients are renting. The savings in energy bills can quickly add up and may be significant over time.
Install window coverings that will help prevent treated air from leaking to the outside and keep outdoor untreated air from entering your offices. The less your HVAC system has to work to maintain a safe and comfortable indoor environment for you and your staff, the less fuel it will consume. This translates to lower utility bills for you to pay each month.
Keep your staff motivated and energized by providing them with ergonomic office chairs. This may cost more to purchase than regular chairs, but in the long run, they will pay for themselves many times over in terms of greater productivity and improved morale among your staff.
Lower the heat during winter months and encourage your staff to dress in layers for the office. Give a fun token prize every Friday for the most colorful, the wackiest or the drabbest sweater worn during the week. This will keep their spirits up despite any austerity measures you need to take to conserve fuel and save money.
From preschool furniture and church chairs to Chiavari chairs and other event furniture, we have them all and so much more. You are assured of many years of use and enjoyment from our top-quality merchandise. Call us today for any questions or assistance you need regarding classroom, office, banquet and church furniture.