One of the most fun parts of moving into your new apartment is planning and buying décor and furniture. Maybe you will pick a theme for the decorations, or you might be interested in a specific look for your new home. Unfortunately, planning and buying new things for your apartment is also one of the most stressful parts of the moving process.
When you are on a tight budget, it’s important to prioritize what you spend your money on for your apartment. (If you’re only planning on staying in your lease for one or two years, is it really worth spending half your budget on a Victorian armoire when you’re going to have to move it back out in just a short time?)
But just because you have a limited budget doesn’t mean you can’t shop for the apartment of your dreams. To stay trendy while thrifty, it’s just a matter of looking for bargains in the right places.
Here are some great places where you can shop on a budget for your apartment:
There’s nothing wrong with giving some used furniture a second home! Thrift outlets like Goodwill, Salvation Army and local secondhand retail stores are an underappreciated gold mine for finding your next great piece of furniture. Gorgeous furniture, housewares and even dinner sets often turn up at your local Goodwill, and you can always find some great additions to your home for next to nothing.
Overstock is an online liquidator that sells excess inventory at bargain prices. They sell everything from clothing to electronics, but part of their portfolio also includes furniture and great home accessories. Why risk buying an old mattress off Craigslist when you could instead buy a new one for salvage prices? Overstock also sells a wide range of homeware for the kitchen, the bedroom, the bathroom and more.
Another example of how shopping for apartment furniture can be done in the comfort of your own pajamas, Zulily offers a rapid turnover of new homeware by the hour. They categorize goods by use, like nursery, garage, bedrooms, patio and so on, so you can easily search for the perfect accent to make each room in your home pop.
Finally, who could forget everyone’s favorite affordable furniture supplier? In some ways, IKEA’s reputation precedes it but it’s for a good reason. IKEA continuously stocks the cheapest, most apartment-friendly furniture and homeware out there. You might have to spend a day assembling a dirt-cheap chair, but the furniture always seems to work itself out in the end!