3. As for your sound system, you don’t need much. And this is the perfect one for you, for right now.
Guess what? This Bose Bluetooth speaker is pretty remarkable and since you’re not living in the Taj Mahal, the sound will fill your space quite nicely. It’s about $300, but the great thing about Bose is that they have a 0% interest payment plan. Make a downpayment on this gadget, then pay $25 a month until it’s paid off.
4. Don’t go halfsies with your roommate on shared-use things like TVs or couches.
Sure, it may feel like a great deal if you’re each only paying $100 for a sweet TV. But when the time comes to split up (and it will), divvying up the stuff will get awkward. It’s better to own things outright and be clear about which things belong to you.
5. That $20 blender sure is a great deal. But chances are, you will buy this $20 blender three times.
A cheap blender won’t last for the long run, plus it’s the type of easy throw-away item you’re likely to leave behind in a move just because you can’t be bothered. A nice blender is worth it; you’ll have it for years.
6. You don’t need fancy sheets.
It’s easy to be seduced by high thread counts and splashy patterns, but save yourself the remorse once you’ve spilled stuff all over them. Chances are, your first apartment isn’t very big, which means friends may be hanging out in your room and on your bed quite a bit.
10. Do not spend more than $200 on a rug.
You’re still young and useless. You or your friend will spill red wine on your rug. And then you will be sad. While you can still find gorgeous vintage rugs at flea markets for good prices, put off finding something you treasure until you’ve moved into a new place.
11. Guess what? Couches cost a shitton of money! WHAT?!
I know. One of the greatest shockers of adult life is realizing that owning a couch is HUGE. Like $1,000 huge. Here’s the thing — if you’re economizing elsewhere and can make room in your budget, investing in a good couch can pay off. West Elm makes some beautiful, classic couches in microfiber (which is God’s gift to the clumsy). Pay to have your couch professionally cleaned every now and then and you’ll be able to keep it for years and years.
12. Also, trash can prices: WTF?!
Shouldn’t you be able to pay, like, $10 for a trash can? I seriously don’t get it. There must be some evil trash can conglomerate price-fixing these things because apparently, if you want one that has the foot-open thingy, it’s weirdly expensive. Just so you know.
15. You don’t need to spend $1,000 on a mattress, but don’t buy the cheapest one, either.
A cheap mattress is literally money down the drain. You’re better off getting a name-brand mattress in a mid-range price, which should last you a good 10 years. If you want to care for your mattress, make sure you also buy the correct box spring and foundation that comes with it — mixing and matching stuff that isn’t made for a specific mattress can cause it to wear out faster.
17. Your local Craigslist is your friend.
If you don’t want all Ikea furniture but can’t afford West Elm or CB2 either, it’s worth the time to scour your local Craigslist listings. There be gold in them webpages!
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