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Moving into your first apartment can be stressful. From packing to logistics, there’s a lot to do and, well, buy. Whether it’s buying your first set of dishes to finding the perfect sofa, the list can seem endless — especially if you’re shopping on a budget. That’s why it’s important to be purposeful with your big purchases. Think about what you want to invest in and what’s worth the extra splurge. You shouldn’t feel pressured to buy top-of-the-line items for all of your household needs, but it is okay to invest in pieces that will last. Start by looking for brands that offer both affordable and high-end options, like Wayfair, Home Depot, Overstock, Urban Outfitters, and even Amazon, and go from there. Sort by low to high prices, and shop the sales to find hidden deals. If you’re feeling stumped, we picked out a few of our favorite new apartment recommendations with stress-free price tags to get you started.