Man has it been an crazy week! Things started looking good on Sunday, then the most intense storm I’ve ever experienced happened on Monday, Tuesday was just a mess, we thankfully got power back sometime on Wednesday, and Thursday I got to meet up with the lovely Marissa from Thirty Six Months.
Oh yeah, and me and the HB got an apartment! I think I’ve mentioned that the place we’re subletting right now is rather small and outdated, however we instantly fell in love with the neighbourhood and since the rent for a suite in one of the complex’s highrises is super affordable (I’m talking $1274 for a one bedroom in Toronto) we checked with the rental office to see if there was anything available in September. Luckily there was one and besides having to get my parents to co-sign the lease with us (since we’re unemployed and all), the application process was easy-peasy and we just found out we got the place! And if that wasn’t cool enough, the suite’s kitchen was update with new(er) appliances and cabinetry. Woohoo! I’m so excited that come September 1st we’ll have a place to call our own and now we can just focus on getting jobs.
Now, that all being said, we have got a lot of stuff to get to fill our new place. We sold all of our furniture before we left, which means we have to buy a couch, coffee table, desk, bed, lamps, kitchen appliances, and the list goes on. I know as a good, financially responsible PF blogger I should start scouring Craigslist for some deals, but this time around I really don’t want to. In my last place literally everything was second-hand and although it did make it easier for us to sell it all before we left (since we really didn’t lose any money in the process), I want nice stuff for once! I’m not talking designer door knobs from Anthropologie, I just want a couch that has never been sat on, a mattress that doesn’t have mystery stains on it, and furniture that I don’t have to spend ten hours putting together with an Allen key.
Before going out a buying anything, I definitely want to do my homework, see what deals are to be had, and come up with a budget we can afford to stick to. We may have to forgo the leather couch for a faux-leather couch, and we may have to wait it out until we can afford more than a mattress and a box spring, but I want to buy quality pieces this time around that we won’t want to replace in a few short years.
What to do you think? Is buying new, more expensive furniture a waste of money? Or is buying quality furniture a better investment than going turning to IKEA or Craigslist?