Once you’ve slapped some paint on the walls, installed some durable laminate flooring, and procured the furnishings that will turn your extra room into a home office, it’s time to think about getting the equipment and supplies that will make your office functional. This could include computer components such as a PC, a printer, and perhaps even a fax machine, depending on the type of business you’ll conduct. And you’ll also need standard supplies like paper, pens, a stapler (and staples), scissors, envelopes, and more. In short, it can cost you a pretty penny to get all of the supplies and equipment needed to keep up correspondence, manage the household finances, and possibly even conduct business from home. So here are just a few tips to help you save money when shopping for these many supplies.

Let’s start with office equipment since it is almost certainly going to comprise the highest price when it comes to procuring the items needed for a functional office. There are several ways to get the electronic components required to get you connected and give you computing power, and one of the best options is to use a discount site like Dell that allows you to build the computer you want, piece by piece, offering scalable solutions to meet your every need. This is a great way to pay only for what you want rather than shelling out extra dough for a cookie-cutter setup that has bells and whistles you’ll never use. Of course, if you’re relatively computer savvy, you might use a site like Newegg to buy all the parts you’ll need and build a computer yourself.

For most of us, however, purchasing a computer needs to be a point and click type of experience since we know little about what goes on inside our computer casing to make the machinery run. You may therefor want to visit a discount site like Tiger Direct to find great deals on prefab computers. Or you could even head to Best Buy. Although they’re not the cheapest when it comes to purchasing new computer equipment, they also offer refurbished options at significantly lower prices. In fact, Newegg offers the same service, but if you have a Best Buy membership you’ll likely want the points. Many of these outlets also provide complimentary equipment such as laptops, printers, wireless routers, and anything else you might need to make your computer setup work for your home.

Now you just have to figure out a few good ways to save on office supplies. If you purchase quite a bit in the way of office supplies, say if you run a home-based business, then you may want to sign up for a membership with Staples or Office Depot. With Staples you’ll earn 5% back on anything you spend over $499 annually, you’ll enjoy free shipping, and you can recycle your ink cartridges (you’ll get more rewards for spending more). And Office Depot offers 10% back on certain purchases. Or you might use one of many websites that list incredible discounts when you buy in bulk; if you team up with your neighbors you could even split the cost of orders. While you can use websites like Craigslist and YardSaleSearch.com to find office furniture, they may not be as useful when it comes to equipment and supplies. But there are plenty of resources available to help you find these items at discounted prices so that you can complete your home office setup, even on a tight budget.