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Marisa

Marisa Rinchiuso is a Design+Production major at Carnegie Mellon with a passion for DIY, budgeting and event management. She's always on the search for a great deal and new projects. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, crafts and travel.
Your Entire Bedroom Under $500
Your Entire Bedroom Under $500

Your Entire Bedroom Under $500

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Moving into your new place? Have no furniture? Well, have no fear! I am here to tell you that you can furnish your entire bedroom for under $500, and a stylish, adult-sized bedroom at that. Mattress: Zinus 12″ Memory Foam Tea Tree Mattress, QUEEN! $230 I actually use this mattress and it is truly well…
Staying on Top of Your Apartment Life with a Bullet Journal
Staying on Top of Your Apartment Life with a Bullet Journal

Staying on Top of Your Apartment Life with a Bullet Journal

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After receiving a cute notebook from a friend, I was frustrated when I opened to see there were no lines. On the side of the notebook it said Bullet Grid, so I Googled it to try to figure it out and the internet came to life with incredible images. If you are anyone who enjoys color,…
5 Surprise Expenses When Moving In
5 Surprise Expenses When Moving In

5 Surprise Expenses When Moving In

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When preparing to move into my first apartment, I knew there would be surprises in store. Thankfully, I had given myself time to deal with it, so the surprises didn’t “hurt” as bad. In a perfect situation, I would recommend everyone have at least 5-7 days where you can truly just focus on moving in, but…
Long Distance Move Timeline
Long Distance Move Timeline

Long Distance Move Timeline

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In preparing to do my cross country move, I have realized the importance of creating a strict long distance move timeline. This is not because everything necessarily needs a specific time and date, but for your peace of mind. Here’s the timeline I used for my move: Six to Four Months Before- Know where you are moving…
How To Decorate A Pinterest-Worthy Apartment
How To Decorate A Pinterest-Worthy Apartment

How To Decorate A Pinterest-Worthy Apartment

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Ever wonder how people achieve Pinterest-worthy apartment glam? Me too! So I spent sometime looking at the apartments people proclaim to be the most beautiful. Believe it or not, there are commonalities between all gorgeous apartments regardless of personal style. Here are a few inside tricks to make your space the next envy-inducing apartment. 1.…
Touring Apartments: Do’s, Don’ts and Seeing The Potential
Touring Apartments: Do’s, Don’ts and Seeing The Potential

Touring Apartments: Do’s, Don’ts and Seeing The Potential

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Touring an apartment, especially your first apartment, can be rather nerve-wracking, but it does not have to be. Here are a few tips about what to do and what not to do, in order to make the most of your apartment visits. DOs Make sure you select a good time to tour, so you will have…
DIY Decorating: Dreamy or Disaster?
DIY Decorating: Dreamy or Disaster?

DIY Decorating: Dreamy or Disaster?

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As the self-proclaimed cheapskate that I am, I’m always trying to find new ways to save money while furnishing my new apartment. Of course, one of the first things I go to is “Do-It-Yourself” projects and it’s easy to be swept up in the DIY excitement. The idea of putting your own stamp on your…
Apartment Hunting With Your Significant Other
Apartment Hunting With Your Significant Other

Apartment Hunting With Your Significant Other

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Congrats, you are ready to move in with your significant other! Whether you just made the decision, or are apartment hunting again, looking for apartments with your SO is a completely different beast than looking for yourself. After recently finding my first apartment with my SO, I have compiled a bit of advice and insights…
How To Get Your Dream Apartment on a Ramen Noodle Budget
How To Get Your Dream Apartment on a Ramen Noodle Budget

How To Get Your Dream Apartment on a Ramen Noodle Budget

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Is it possible to decorate a dream apartment when you have a minimal budget? Follow these five tips and see how far YOU can stretch your money. 1. Beg, Borrow & Steal Okay, so maybe not steal. Not every piece of furniture in your home has to be brand new. Ask family and friends if…