Can you give me advice for buying furniture for the first time?
My fiance and I recently graduated college with no debt. We're moving to the west coast next month to start work.My employer is putting us in temporary housing for two weeks upon our arrival. During this time we plan on vigorously apartment hunting, signing a lease as soon as possible, and then furnishing the apartment with the basics while we can still live in temp housing. That being said, neither of us have ever had to furnish an apartment completely from scratch before.I'm not comfortable using Craigslist in a brand new neighborhood and we don't have any friends/family in the area that we could inherit from, so we plan on buying new. That being said:What are things to look for when buying new furniture?What's the best way to pay for it?Any scams/pitfalls to be wary of?Which furniture stores are the best bang for their buck?Besides the bed, which pieces of furniture are most essential?Which pieces of furniture should we not be cheap about?Thanks for your insight PF. Not sure where else I could ask these questions.Edit: I'm not looking for people to tell me to buy from Craigslist instead, I'm looking for advice when buying new furniture. We're not looking for furniture that is going to last us for the rest of our lives at this because we'll outgrow it eventually.