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Home First Apartment: Save or Splurge

Moving Soon? Here's Where To Splurge and Where To Save on Your First Place

November 28, 2023 at 11:31 PM PST

So, you just got approved for your first apartment, and you’re moving into your own place. First things first, congratulations! After celebrating, the fun part comes in. You can finally bring that mood board you’ve been building on Pinterest to life. Unfortunately, furnishing can be expensive, from couches to rugs, bed frames to mattresses, and so much more. That’s why it’s important to know which items to save on and which items to splurge on. It makes a huge difference in budgeting, and who doesn’t want to save at a time like this?

Believe it or not, you can find tons of affordable, quality pieces that look just as good as the luxe items. Some can be transformation projects such as renovations, furniture flips, or DIYS. Other items, not so much, but that is the beauty in investment and understanding which items to spend a little more on.

Don’t Hold Back: Here’s What To Splurge On

Don’t be afraid to go all in on these items. More than likely, they’ll be around for years and you’ll be using them more than others. Here are the must-have items you need to splurge on for a top-quality living experience.

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The living room is where you’ll spend most of your time; specifically, your couch. That said, if you decide to splurge on anything in your place, let it be the sofa. Just imagine wine nights with your friends, hosting a game night, napping, binge-watching your favorite shows — and that’s just for starters. This will be one of your most important investments.

Make sure you select something that is versatile whether it be in color, in comfort, or in storage. It needs to fit your lifestyle and offer longevity. Opt for a comfy couch that you can bring with you from place to place.


It’s a no-brainer that you should invest in a quality and comfortable mattress. You’ll be sleeping on this for years to come, so you want to be certain you’re satisfied and will have a peaceful slumber each and every night. It will make or break your whole living experience.


Whether you’re an expert cook or a beginner, splurge on kitchen appliances like an air fryer. The last thing you want is a cheap appliance that gives out within the first month of use. Find appliances that match your color scheme and offer a sleek design.

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Coffee Table

It’s okay to splurge on a coffee table. They’re much different from your end or side tables. Coffee tables bring the living room together and complete the look. Whether that look is minimal or a little more unique, a coffee table is an item that can offer character and personality in a space.

Don’t Break the Bank: Save on These Items

Nightstands, End Tables, and Entertainment Centers

Nightstands, entertainment centers, and side or end tables can all go through a lot of wear and tear. Think about thrifting these items or finding an inexpensive option. This is a great opportunity to get creative. Utilize Facebook Marketplace to find used items and transform them into something new and more your style.

If thrifting or used items aren’t for you, go to your nearest furniture outlet stores. You can find affordable options there, too.

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Bed Frame

Your bedroom is your private sanctuary. It’s where you settle down for bed and wake up to start the day. It’s only right to buy a bed frame that speaks to you and reflects your style, but it doesn’t have to burn a hole in your pockets. You can find upholstered bed frames for cheap online or at your local furniture stores.

Throws and Blankets

No need to go all out of your throws and blankets. You can shop the coziest blankets at a fraction of the price.

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Mirrors are another item you can find at a low price. They add new elements to your home that furniture can’t. Yes, you may really want that viral, trendy mirror on TikTok, but we can guarantee that you can find a dupe for the exact same mirror for cheap. So, save on this item for now.



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