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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.
DIY IKEA Vanity for $50
DIY IKEA Vanity for $50

DIY IKEA Vanity for $50

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I’ve always thought vanities (aka dressing tables) as something for the rich, or at least richer than a broke college student. However, this winter I was able to create my dream vanity for less than $50. At my new vanity, I start each day, sipping coffee and doing my hair & makeup. It’s absolutely dreamy! Table, $25  Linnmon…
3 Keys to Successful Rent Negotiation
3 Keys to Successful Rent Negotiation

3 Keys to Successful Rent Negotiation

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Negotiation is one of the hardest skills in life. Some people hate confrontation so much that they will do almost anything to avoid it. Being on the apartment hunt myself, I ran into this huge obstacle. I loved the apartment but could not afford the price. Even the thought of negotiation made me nervous, but I decided…
10 Worth-The-Build IKEA Items
10 Worth-The-Build IKEA Items

10 Worth-The-Build IKEA Items

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
IKEA is well known for its inexpensive furniture (and meatballs!) but that lower price tag usually requires some effort on your part. Depending on the item, you could spend hours on your IKEA item construction. In fact, the hours you spend building your IKEA bargains sometimes end up taking too much effort to make up…
6 Reasons Why to Buy In-Store Instead of Online
6 Reasons Why to Buy In-Store Instead of Online

6 Reasons Why to Buy In-Store Instead of Online

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We live in a technology driven era that allows us access to so much at the click of a button. Although that simplicity makes it quick to order online, it is not necessarily the best option. So here is my old-school opinion of why you should shop in-store instead of online. 1. Gets You Off The…
New Year’s Productivity Starts In Your Apartment
New Year’s Productivity Starts In Your Apartment

New Year’s Productivity Starts In Your Apartment

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New year, new you! Right? So let’s talk about how to get productive where it all begins- your apartment. Set Your Alarm Clock  The early bird gets the worm, as they say. As much fun as it is to stay up late and sleep in, it’s almost unanimously proven that early risers perform higher than…
Moving Out On Your Own? 5 Things to Consider
Moving Out On Your Own? 5 Things to Consider

Moving Out On Your Own? 5 Things to Consider

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Was your New Year’s resolution to move out on your own? Do you think you are ready to make that big move? It’s a major decision, but even by just considering it, you are showing some readiness. Whether emotional, personal, or financial, there are many things to consider. In order to help you work through your…
10 Holiday Party Hosting Tips
10 Holiday Party Hosting Tips

10 Holiday Party Hosting Tips

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‘Tis the season to gather family and friends around for the holidays. Maybe you just moved in and you want to show off your snazzy apartment, or maybe you just have a great space to host. Regardless, hosting holiday festivities can be exciting and exhausting. Here are 10 tips to get your party rockin’! 10.…
How Much Space Do I Really Need?
How Much Space Do I Really Need?

How Much Space Do I Really Need?

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Coming from dorm life in college, moving into an apartment feels amazing! So much freedom, so much space, but how much space do you actually need? Is there such a thing as too much space? Find out what size your perfect apartment is. (Please note: space is a hot commodity in many cities, so these…
Living Room Under $500
Living Room Under $500

Living Room Under $500

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Last month I showed how you can furnish your entire bedroom for under $500. Now, it’s time to furnish your living room with the same budget. Unlike a bedroom, a living room really doesn’t have a prescribed list of “must have” items. A living room is more an expression of you and your lifestyle. Maybe…
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…