Save vs. Splurge In Your Apartment Home
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When moving in or getting settled, a big question is whether to save or splurge in your apartment home. Certain items deserve more of your well-earned income, while some are just as great in the less expensive version. Here are my suggestions on when to save your dollars vs. splurge for a better product.
Coffee Maker: SAVE
Keurigs have been all the rage, but there are many ways to save the $150+ initial payment and $10/box of K Cups every week after. Not only can you find other single-serve coffee makers, most Camden offices boast a coffee machine available to residents. Some even have a Starbucks virtual barista! Go say hi to your favorite leasing consultant, and get a great cup of coffee at the same time!
This Black + Decker single-serve coffee maker allows you to use your favorite grounds for that quick, on-the-go brew. It provides a removable basket that's shaped just like a K-Cup and even comes with a travel mug! A single-cup brew typically takes 3-5 minutes, so you can prepare your cup of joe on your way out the door. I've used this specific model for over 3 years, and it continues to be my favorite save purchase.
Hamilton Beach has their own version very similar to Black + Decker's, but at a slightly higher price point, it allows you to use your own grounds or a K-Cup. There are lots of different brands, but it's easy to save and find a Keurig look-alike for less than $50.
Dishware can be bland or bold, neutral or colorful, patterned or plain. To get your perfect collection, though, you don't have to break the bank. Stores like Crate & Barrel and Pottery Barn can take your entire paycheck, but there are places to get fancy looking dishes for a fraction of the price.
Dollar Tree Royal Norfolk Solid Colors & Paisley Print
Dollar Tree is one of my favorite places, because you can find great items for truly only $1 each. Each mug, plate, bowl, and glass will only be $1, so creating a collection for your apartment home could cost less than $20.
Ikea is another great store to find dish sets at a low cost. They have various colors and patterns, plus you can mix & match or buy a full set. Sets sell for $34.99, and individual pieces range from $0.99 to $4.99 each.
Sheets & Bedding: SPLURGE
You will be spending about 1/3 of your life in your bed, so you definitely want to be comfortable. There are endless options when it comes to sheets, but this is not an area to be cheap. When you choose less expensive sheets, you can find yourself hot, scratchy, or just plain uncomfortable. Always look for higher thread counts and quality materials, and always feel the fabric before you splurge.
Bed Bath & Beyond Fiesta Sheet Set ($59.99), Target Threshold Performance Sheet Set ($49.99), Wayfair Hotel London Sheet Set ($61.05), All Prices in Queen Sizing
You can certainly find sheet sets as low as $20 and as high as $400. The key is to find a quality set that is worth the price. Low quality sets can save you money, but high quality sets don't need to be overpriced to be good. With so many options, research before purchase is always a good choice.
Shower Head: SPLURGE
Your shower will come with a shower head, but this is a huge opportunity to splurge a few extra dollars for much more comfort. Changing your shower head can improve multiple aspects of your daily routine, and there are various choices with lots of features. Thankfully, this splurge item is a great bang for your buck and won't drain your wallet too much.
Waterpik Torrent 6-Spray Hand Shower ($32.98), Delta 4-Spray 3 in. Touch-Clean Shower Head ($9.45)
Both of these options were found at Home Depot, but Lowe's and even Target have many options too. Be sure to do some research and decide which features are most important to you before you splurge on your new shower head. You can easily put in a service request for your Camden maintenance team to change out your shower heads, but do be sure to keep the provided one as it will be required to stay upon move out.
Home Decor: SAVE
Lots of home decor can be an easy DIY project or even a quick, inexpensive purchase at a local store. Check out these other tips for saving (and splurging) on trendy and colorful home decor plus adding more color to your apartment home. Like dishware, nice home decor can be found at big stores like Crate & Barrel and Pottery Barn, but less expensive look-alikes can be found at places like Home Goods, Wayfair, Kirkland's, At Home and even Ikea.
Wayfair Deschutes Metal Folding Orb Sculpture ($26.99), At Home Justine Marble Pillow ($12.49), Wayfair Decorative Natural California Driftwood Branch ($19.99), At Home Silver Metal Cutout Tray ($14.99), At Home Mineral Erica Viole Window Curtain Panel ($7.99), Kirkland's Yellow Forsythia Wreath ($23.99), At Home Distressed Gray Beaded Mirror ($29.99)
Pinterest offers many DIY how-tos and guides, and Dollar Tree can provide materials for those projects at minimal cost. Follow our Simply Camden blog for even more DIY decor projects like this adorable wall hanging. With all of these options, why splurge hundreds on something you can make yourself or buy for way less?
Couch: SPLURGE & SAVE
Like your bed, you'll probably be spending a good amount of time on your couch. If you'll be sitting or laying on it often, it should be comfortable. A couch is a big piece of furniture, so it's important to spend time researching what style, features, color, and size will fit your home best. For a great couch, plan to splurge a good amount of money to ensure you get a quality piece. However, quality pieces can be found at larger, warehouse stores for nearly half the price of boutique or upscale stores. Taking the time to look at all of your options and being patient for a sale, can save you hundreds of dollars on one of your largest pieces of furniture.
Nebraska Furniture Mart Southaven Sofa ($379.99), Rooms To Go Bonita Springs Sofa ($399.99), Rooms To Go Cindy Crawford Home Bellingham Sofa ($588), Nebraska Furniture Mart Paradigm Sofa ($559.99)
Furniture warehouses and stores like Nebraska Furniture Mart and Rooms To Go offer tons of options at great prices. Plus, you can actually go sit on them to test what you like before making this big purchase. Be prepared for this investment purchase, but also be conscious of overpriced pieces.
Purchases for your apartment home, big or small, are reflections of your personal style and comfort. Some items require more research for an informed purchase, while some can be made by hand at home. Whatever room you're in, it's important to know which products deserve more of your well-earned income and which offer ways to save.
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