Since the past year was my first year living away from home and out of college dormatories, I've found myself buying a lot of stuff. Stereotypically, guys don't like shopping, and I certainly fall into that stereotype. However, we shopping-phobic men seem to fall into two camps: First, those who get the first thing they see. Second, those who research the @#$@ out of their purchase before getting it. Although most of the time I'm in the first camp, when it comes to big, "long-term" purchases that I plan on hanging on to a while, I'm definitely in the second camp.
So, when buying the sorts of things one needs for a new apartment--kitchen stuff, a bed, furniture--I took a good amount of time researching my options both on- and off-line. Partly to document my findings so I can remember the next time I need to make such a purchse, and also to share my findings with other people, I've decided to set up this blog. (I also didn't want to clog up my normal blog with consumer advice.)