If you're like most students, you are probably trying get a few appliances for your dorm room or new apartment that you'll be sharing with roommates. Buying new appliances can be quite costly. The thing is that if you take your time and find other ways of getting stuff, you'll probably save a bunch of money. The Consumer Reports is a nonprofit, expert and independent blog that just posted a great guide on how to purchase some cheap back-to-school appliances.
There are a few ways to get your appliances for you dorm or apartment. If you don't mind getting used stuff, Craigslist is always a great way to go to finding second-hand stuff. Your parents or family might also have some old appliances that you can borrow/take. Now if those don't work, then you'll have to buy some new stuff. After making sure that your dorm or apartment doesn't have the appliances you need already, the first step would be to check out Consumer Reports latest guide on back-to-school appliance deals.
Even if you are in a dorm room, there are some great little things that make life a lot easier that you can get. A countertop fridge or microwave makes eating a lot easier. Either way, this guide has a good number of ideas and reviews so that you can get the right stuff. The guide features compact fridges, coffee machines, microwaves, ovens, toasters, vacuum cleaners, blenders and food processors.
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