How to Set Up a New Home When You're on a Tight Budget
I've been in this very situation at least three different times in my life. Each time, I've had this strong urge to acquire stuff that I was
that I needed. The first two times, I went on a big buying spree, loading up on all kinds of things. The third time, when I moved from an apartment into a house with three times the square footage, I gave the transition some very
Here are some tips for setting up a new house on a tight
Assess What You Actually Need, Not What You Want
We all have visions of an apartment or a home that looks like something out of a magazine, but unless you have people who are professional decorators and cleaners handling the specifics for you, it's not going to happen.
Instead of thinking about purchases for your dream home or dream apartment, start very simply. What do you need ? You need something to eat with. You need a place to sit. You need a few basic cooking implements. You need basic bedding and basic bathroom items. That's about it. Remember, these items don't have to be much of anything. In fact, it makes a ton of sense to start as low-rent as possible and to replace the items as you can afford improvements.
Decorate Personally, Not Professionally
The first thing that often strikes people about a fresh new home or a new apartment are all of the bare walls. There's a strong temptation to
and to fill up all of that white space with something inspiring or beautiful. It can be really tempting to head to some
Start off your
Head to Facebook First
Once you've handled decoration, head to Facebook before you start buying things. Make a list of the things you actually need , then drop a Facebook status update that goes something like this:
We just got moved in and unpacked! Thanks for all the help, guys! We are looking for a few odds and ends to finish things up. If you happen to have any extras of these or know where we could get one for a cheap price, PLEASE tell me!
Then, follow it with a list of the essentials you're looking for.
I've had several different
Head to Goodwill Next
If there are still items you need on your list, stop at your local
In our first
Follow those steps and you'll have a nicely functional household without much expense at all.
Setting Up a New House on a Tight Budget | The Simple Dollar
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