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Apartments can be some of the most difficult spaces to decorate. For one, you’re dealing with a limited amount of space, so a lot of thought must go into choosing pieces that are space-appropriate. Some units are shared and owned by someone else, so you might not have the creative freedom that you had hoped. Not to mention that, oftentimes, the costs incurred to decorate a living space can be astronomical. If you’ve ever moved into an apartment with the fear of not knowing how to make the space your own, or not being able to afford to, fret no more.

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With a little imagination and a little cash flow, you’ll be well on your way to cultivating a true budget-friendly design sense. Read on to find out our tips on how to decorate your apartment on a dime.

From paying your initial security deposit to renting a moving truck, there are lots of expenses you can expect to pay out as you prepare to move into your new apartment. Have you thought about where you’ll buy your moving boxes?

Expenses to Plan for When You Move

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Hold up, wait a minute. Don’t you dare spend a single red cent on pre-used boxes when you can get them for free. All you have to do is dig a little!

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Without spending a lot of money, your apartment can look like it was featured in a design magazine. Especially with the success of DIY sites like Pinterest.com, interest in cottage and vintage décor styles and penny-pinching due to the economy, more people are looking around their homes and flea markets for inspiration on how to improve their surroundings.

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Frugal décor ideas are plentiful online, but here are a few art, accent piece and furniture ideas to get you started.

Today's energy savings bulbs, known as Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs (CFLs) can not only earn your apartment the green seal of approval, but save you some significant cash in the longrun. Better yet, the modern versions of these energy efficient light bulbs - designed for home use - have improved by leaps and bounds.

signing a lease is better with good timing

You’re ready to make a move. However, choosing the date for signing a lease can be complex. It's a combination of the time of year, the weather, when the place will be ready, when you can move in, what makes the most business sense and a number of other factors.

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