Moving into our first real apartment together meant we needed to buy a few necessities. But on top of being newly weds, we are also recent college graduates. That loosely translates to a low budget. If that’s you, or maybe you’re just looking to save money on great finds, this post is for you!

1. Self-assemble night stands

This purchase comes with two night stands for about $35.00! They are super cute, come in different colors, and are the perfect size for smaller bedrooms. They would also be a really great size for living room furniture. Assembly took about 30-40 minutes in total.

We did have one mishap with a broken part, but the company is sending us new parts to replace the two pieces that malfunctioned when I assembled one table.

2. Super soft couch slip cover

When Andrew and I moved into our first one-bedroom apartment together, it was fully furnished with a blue velvet couch in the living room. It looked like it should’ve had cigarette burns on it in the living room of a family in the 70s. It was super dingy looking, so we found a neutral colored slip cover on Amazon. It comes in multiple sizes to fit sofas, love seats, and more! Depending on the size and color, the prices range from $25 to $50. We purchased a gray one for a standard size sofa (below) for $25.

3. Build-it-yourself desk shelf

Andrew wanted something to organize his books and notebooks with at his desk, and found this on Amazon. It took him about 10-15 minutes to put it together, and it doesn’t take up a ton of room on his desk. It comes in a few colors with varying prices of $22 to $24. His one complaint was that you build two separate pieces, and the two don’t get bolted together, so they slide in place a bit. Overall, a reasonable purchase for $22 to $24.

4. Remote control outlet plugs

We purchased these because we couldn’t get one of the outlets to work in our first apartment, and it was in a hard to reach spot behind the couch. My family used them growing up, so it was an easy solution! It cost us $22 for four outlet plugs and one remote control.

5. Cabinet organizer mug hooks

If you haven’t heard by now, we are coffee lovers. Two coffee lovers equals way too many mugs. To save space in our cupboards we bought hook racks that hang on a shelf for hanging mugs on. There are holes on the piece that hook to the shelf to stabilize it with a screw or nail if you so desire. We have ours resting on the shelf, no nails needed. They can also be used for hanging utensils, ties or scarves as well! We paid $11 for two racks.


If you like this post, let me know in the comments below. I would be happy to write another with more of my recommended Amazon finds!

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