By Elizabeth Sheer, Cheapism.com
College is so over and now it's time to move on -- into a first, empty apartment that must be furnished on the cheap. There's no shower curtain, no chair, no fork, not so much as a tissue awaiting you. Family generosity notwithstanding, there's a lot you must do to fill the space.
In search of some practical advice, we spoke with several people who recently moved into their first apartments. Following is a distillation of their experiences, augmented by our independent research.
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Craiglist. Apartment leases in college towns typically start on the first day of August or September, with the last tenants vacating by the end of the prior month. Many of those departing must offload furniture collected during the year, which gives newcomers an opening to furnish a first apartment on the cheap. Some generous souls list their belongings on Freecycle, but most try to make a buck or two by selling through Read More »from First Apartment on the Cheap