A Newlywed Apartment on a Budget

When we moved up here for school, we only brought what we could fit in our little Honda Fit. For those of you who two suitcases stuffed with clothes, our computers, some kitchen essentials (including our mixer and Instant Pot), a trunk that I used for camp when I was young, and a few other things. After a life-size game of Tetris to fit all of that in our car, there was literally only room for the two of us.


So when we got here, we needed to furnish an apartment. We didn’t have a lot of money, so we started with our list of essentials.

Essential Furniture Items

  • Mattress
  • Bed frame
  • Couch/futon
  • Kitchen table
  • Kitchen Chairs


For us, these were the only things we really needed. We figured we could live without a lot of the things we were used to.

That day, we headed off to DI (a thrift store in our area) to search for the big items. We were able to find a futon for about $30 and two kitchen chairs for $5 each. We struck out on the kitchen table. For the mattress, we went to a local discount mattress store. We purchased a queen-size mattress and a metal frame, which allowed us to skip the box spring. If I were to do it over, I would just order our mattress from Amazon or Walmart; it would have been cheaper. But, of course, hindsight is 20/20. We ended up buying a small desk from Walmart to use as a kitchen table, and it has worked out really well.



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Remember that trunk I brought with me? I was thinking ahead on that one. We now use it as a coffee table! I added a layer of chalkboard paint to the top, so we can write notes; and, sometimes, I like to just draw things on it. It also doubles as storage. It’s great!


Since then, we have acquired a few more pieces. We found a reclining sofa for free on Facebook. When we moved here, I searched Facebook for yard sale/garage sale pages. We have seen so many great deals on there! Living in a college town, there are students moving out at the end of each semester, and they want to get rid of their stuff. It is amazing how little people charge for things when they need to get rid of them.

We also found an entertainment stand for $5 at a yard sale. I’m a yard sale girl. I don’t usually buy anything, but sometimes you find amazing deals. At this yard sale, we helped the owner move a few things; and she insisted on us only paying $5 for the entertainment stand that I liked. Spread kindness, and it will come back to you.

Lately, I have found creative ways to decorate our apartment and make it feel more like home. I will post about the unorthodox methods I have used for decorating soon…including the use of cardboard boxes.

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