Are you one of the millions of people who shifted from office life to working from home?
When my office closed at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020, I figured that I would only be working from home for a month or two.
As you know very well, that assumption was wrong.
After a few weeks of working from the couch, I cleaned off my desk in our spare room and made it work.
As the pandemic wore on, I made gradual changes to my office setup until it was “fine.”
It worked for what I needed, but it was in major need of a full upgrade.
When we bought our new house, I decided it was time to finally get all of the pieces together for a proper WFH set up.
Thanks to the beauty of Amazon, I was able to set up my entire work from home office for under $500.
Are you looking to furnish your home office on a budget?
Read on to see the pieces that I picked and links to buy them for yourself!
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As great as my garage sale desk was, it wasn’t right for what I needed to work from home.
Since I’m easily distracted, I need nothing more than a clear surface with a little extra storage to do my best work.
This desk is just long enough to put my whole setup together while still having room for one of the cats to lounge next to me on a self-warming pad.
Plus the storage bag gives me a place to keep papers that are in progress.
The desk stays clear, and I stay organized!
When my office closed, I had to leave my expensive ergonomic chair behind, and I didn’t have a few hundred dollars to replace it.
I scoured the reviews for hours and took a chance on the NEO Chair, and it was the perfect fit.
The ergonomic mesh build helps me stay comfortable for hours without feeling strained.
And since I’m 5’2″, I was thrilled to find a chair that didn’t leave my feet hanging off the ground- and it fit my 5’7″ husband, too!
Since the NEO Chair is so comfortable and inexpensive, we caved and bought a second to replace my husband’s desk chair.
Between writing for Level Up and my 9-5 job as a data analyst, I couldn’t live without a second monitor for long.
I cringed looking at the super fancy models that had all kinds of features that I was never going to use.
I scoured through the reviews again and decided to give Acer a try.
The screen has been perfect for what I need, and the colors and image are look great.
While this may not be the perfect monitor for someone who does a lot of graphic work, it has served my needs perfectly.
I gave up some serious perks when our office closed, including an electric sit-stand desk that allowed me to work on my feet at a moment’s notice.
Knowing that a similar desk would cost me several hundred dollars, I went looking for an alternative.
I settled on the Vivo desk convertor after watching a few videos on the website.
With the press of a button, the riser lifts to whatever height I specify.
It uses a pneumatic spring lift, so no electricity required!
This means that I can lift it high enough to stand at my desk or just lift it so my husband is sitting at an ergonomic position when he borrows my desk.
Plus it has a keyboard tray and fits my laptop and second monitor.
What more can you ask for?
Since I’m using a second monitor and my laptop is elevated on the riser, I needed a separate keyboard and mouse- or risk serious muscle strain.
When I found this Logitech keyboard/mouse combo that only cost a little more than a wired set, I knew it was the perfect fit.
The USB receiver plugs right into my laptop, and I can use them anywhere I go, whether I’m at my desk or working somewhere else.
I can easily say that this headset is one of the best purchases I’ve ever made.
This is truly not an exaggeration.
When I started working from home, I was training new employees over Zoom and recording sessions daily.
And my computer has a horrible microphone.
I’ve been using this headset for every Zoom call since, and it has worked flawlessly.
I even used it while I was working on my patio, cringing when an airplane flew directly overhead.
The person on the other line didn’t hear a sound.
If you need a new headset, this is the one to buy.
My company upgraded my laptop a little bit ago, and it came with a new challenge: fewer USB ports.
Which didn’t work well with my new wireless keyboard and mouse and headset.
I didn’t want to trade USB ports each time I needed to use something else.
And I needed to use my headset and keyboard at the same time.
I wasn’t able to get a docking station from the office, and our team budget was tight.
So crossed my fingers and picked up this USB hub- and it solved my problem.
I can leave all of my USBs plugged into it at all times and use each piece as needed.
It’s a small easy fix for a daily frustration!
My WFH office has hardwood floors.
Have you ever stood on hardwood floors for a few hours at a time?
The Kangaroo Mat has been a lifesaver for my feet and legs when I lift my desk riser up, which allows me to stand and work for hours at a time.
I love this mat so much that I bought another for in front of the kitchen stove.
I think I may get one for the laundry room next!
My husband picked up this seat cushion as a perk when he started working from home.
While my desk chair cushion was fine, he made me realize how nice it was to have a cushion when you work sitting for 8 hours straight.
Plus, since it’s portable, it also works great for airplane trips – it has saved my back on international plane rides!
Still a Little Too Pricy? Check Out the Honey app!
Thanks to Amazon’s constantly shifting prices, there’s a chance that these items may add up to over $500 on any given day.
Or maybe $500 is too much for your budget right now!
Enter your new shopping assistant, Honey!
How does Honey work?
Do you log into Amazon wishing that you could save more money on the place that sells literally EVERYTHING?
Since Amazon doesn’t allow you to use third-party coupons or earn cash back without their credit card, it can be really hard to save money on Amazon.
That’s where Honey’s Droplist function comes in!
Once you download the Honey browser extension, a button will appear on your shopping screen that will let you add it to your Droplist.
When the price of an item you added drops, Honey sends you an email to let you know right when it happens.
No more waiting and wondering “When is this item going to go on sale?” and hoping it will fit your budget the next time you check- if you even remember to check.
All you have to do is hit the Honey extension button at checkout!
Is Honey legit?
Yes, Honey is legit.
In case you don’t want to take me at my word, here’s my summary from Honey for 2021.
Not bad, right?
Plus I got $30 in cash back from shopping on Macys, Fabletics, and Ulta- which I redeemed for Amazon gift cards!
If you’re ready to learn more and download the Honey extension, click here!
My Work from Home Office Picks
It’s possible to set up your WFH office on a budget- and it’s even easier with the Honey app!
What does your work from home office need? What other ways do you save money on Amazon and online shopping? Share your answer in the comments below!
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