By Kyra-lin Hom
When I first pictured moving in to my own place, my imagination was… a bit ambitious. I had color wheels, floor plans and décor themes. I perused all the apartment style books in Barnes and Noble and consulted more than one virtual decorating program. I in fact had multiple mix-and-match plans, waiting until I actually wiggled my toes in the carpet before making a final decision. That was my version of being flexible. Right.
As you might have guessed, my imagined plans were pure fantasy. In the midst of making sure my potential drapes matched my potential dresser, I’d forgotten that I didn’t actually own either. Or other such essentials like chairs, trashcans, utensils and, oh yeah, soap.
I’d been so focused on the big things that I had completely taken for granted all the daily essentials that, when added up, took a wicked bite out of my budget. I needed a new strategy ASAP or I’d be left with nothing but severely color-coordinated cleaning supplies and plastic take out sporks.More ›