Furnishing an apartment can be expensive to say the least. There are so many things you have to buy from utensils, cleaning supplies, a mattress and more, it can add up rather quickly. So if you are going away to college or jump starting your life and don’t have a collection of items from your apartment living, here are some great tips to help you start shopping without breaking the bank. This is not a fast process so do not get frustrated - it is an exciting time in your life, enjoy!
- Set priorities! Get a pen and paper and make a list of items that you need, not want, and prioritize them. The top of the list might look like a bed, eating utensils, and so on. They should be items you cannot live without on a daily basis.
- Dinero. After you have set your priorities, write down your budget and allot a certain amount next to each item. Do not budge from these amounts; it is important to stay within your budget so you can get all the necessities. You may have to part with some less important items and save up for them in the future.
- Save for the expensive stuff. Sofas are important but you can live without one for a couple of months. Start a savings fund for higher tickets items that you need but can live without.
- Research. The internet is a wonderful thing and grants you access to a variety of deals. Search around until you find items in your budget, you will get more bang for your buck if you research first.
- Secondhand might just be your treasure. Get second hand items, until you have enough money to buy new. You might just find some diamonds in the rough, there are great things out there that are secondhand – other than a mattress, this is the only thing I would suggest to buy brand spanking new – try Costco, they have great deals!
- Get creative with the furniture. Camouflage the pieces you do not particularly like with throws, tablecloths, paint, scarves, etc. - the possibilities are endless you just have to think outside the box.
Building your apartment into your home is a fun adventure, so enjoy and make it match your personality. Just think, you will have these items for a while, so you need to love them or at least tolerate them.
What was the first item you bought when you moved into you first apartment?