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5 Splurge-Worthy Items for Your Apartment

If you’re ready for retail therapy, you want your money to be well spent. These items made the grade, according to an informal survey of UC Davis students.

There are so many things to buy, but only so much money in your wallet and space in your apartment. Whenever I get caught up in my greatest weakness — online shopping — I have to control myself and really evaluate what I’m about to buy and whether or not it’s worth the purchase. Based on some insights from my friends, family, and classmates, here are some items worthy of their sticker price. (I linked to a few I found, but feel free to do your own Google search for different brands and bargains.)

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Humidifier or Diffuser

These two items are similar, but whichever you choose to buy depends on your personal taste. If you’re not into the trouble of essential oils or you have pets who could be harmed by them, then you can invest in a simple humidifier. On Amazon, you can get the MistAire Ultrasonic Cool Mist Humidifier for $40. Although this may seem expensive for one item, it can be a lot cheaper if you have roommates willing to split the cost.

However, if you’re more interested in purchasing a diffuser, I found one during an Amazon Deal of the Day promotion and got the TaoTronics No-Beep Sound Essential Oil Diffuser for $10! Currently, it’s listed at $15.


For all your cooking needs, invest in an Instant Pot, a multi-cooker that makes meal prep faster and more convenient for those hectic days. And we’re talking almost any kind of meal prep; this pot is a programmable pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, sauté pot, yogurt maker, and food warmer. Instead of spending often to eat out, spend once on the Instant Pot — a splurge that will allow you to save money in the long run.

If you and your roommates all cook your own food, you can share the 3-quart Instant Pot for a total of about $100.  Divide the cost among four roommates, and you could be paying as little as $25 for a pot that cooks anything from soup to meat dishes to pasta. (You can also find less expensive models if you don’t mind getting one with fewer options.)

Foam Mattress Topper

When I asked around about what some of my fellow college students believed to be worthy splurges, several mentioned the necessity of a high-quality foam mattress topper. Essentially, the idea behind the mattress topper is to add extra comfort to your bed for the most effective sleep experience.

A decent mattress topper can range from $50 to $70 for a twin bed, depending on where you buy it and the type you get. Rather than spending $100+ on a new mattress, do your body a favor and try out a mattress topper: It’ll save you money and help you sleep better.

Heated Blanket or Thick Throw

A quick cure for the cold is a warm blanket. A heated blanket like the Sunbeam Microplush Heated Throw will keep you extra cozy throughout the winter (cost: about 50 bucks). In fact, if you get cold often and easily, a high-quality blanket is a more practical option than always turning your heater on high and running up that monthly PG&E bill.

However, if you’re not into the idea of a blanket that requires the power of electricity, invest in a warm, fluffy throw. A simple trip to Costco and just $20 allowed me to find the perfect sherpa throw blanket that has yet to fail me.

Amazon Prime

Last but not least, an Amazon Prime membership for students is a must-have. Prime allows faster delivery, cheaper prices, access to movies and shows, and more. I buy a lot of my books for school through Amazon, as the prices are often a deal. One time, a package of my books went missing and customer service promptly reordered and sent it two days later. There’s even a 6-month free trial for new users. To learn more about Amazon’s perks, terms, and policies on account sharing, visit the company’s website. You’ll be glad you did!

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