BBC America: How to set up home from scratch

But getting back to the (comparatively) easy, fun stuff: shopping. Set a budget and get on with it. Try not to get distracted by cost comparison searches and the targeted pop ups for discounted furniture that will plague your Facebook from now until you die. Even if you’re a high-end kind of Brit, consider buying cheap basics to tide you over, then add nicer stuff once you’re settled and are confident that you’ll stay for a while. The good news is that America has Ikea, so you can buy a home starter kit for a few hundred dollars. If your pot of cash is tiny to non-existent, investigate, and your local Salvation Army and other thrift stores.

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