Choosing to live on your own or in shared living setting is an exciting time of your life. It means independence, making decisions, and learning how to work within a budget. It also means picking out furniture, appliances and decorations that reflect your personality and lifestyle and will make your house feel like a home. To help, we’ve created an online resource guide for purchasing household items.
Before purchasing anything, think about what you like including your favorite colors, make a list of everything you need and create a budget accordingly. Decide if some furniture pieces can act as double duty. For instance a kitchen table that can be a study desk or a couch that can pull out as a bed so you can have friends stay the night.
When you have a clear idea of what you need to furnish your home, you can ask friends and family for help as well as look into the many online classified options there are for purchasing household items.
Remember, safety first! As with anything, be careful about scams. If you plan to purchase something, be sure to meet in a public location if possible or bring a companion with you to someone’s home. Only work in cash and never give your financial information such as credit card number, bank account, social security, Paypal account, etc. Never wire funds and never offer payment to someone you have not met in person. Keep in mind your team or your SSA is available to assist you if you feel uncomfortable or have questions along the way.
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