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Equipping Graduates for Success: Acima’s Lease-to-Own Advantage

May 06, 2024

A pair of graduates setting up a Tv for their new home.

When it comes to celebrating milestones, graduating from high school and college is undoubtedly one of the most exhilarating moments in a student’s life. However, post-pomp and circumstance, amid the joy of accomplishment, they then face the next stage of their lives — transitioning to adulthood and newfound independence. And while exciting, adulting comes with its fair share of new and sometimes daunting challenges. 

Finding and setting up a living space — whether in a dorm room, apartment or sharing a house — is definitely one of those challenges these young people are likely to face. Due to financial constraints such as student loans and entry-level salaries, recent graduates often navigate a landscape where every penny counts. So the prospect of paying for rent and furnishing a new living space can feel overwhelming (with the cost of essential items adding up quickly as well).  

Fortunately, Acima Leasing’s alternative to financing offers an easy and practical solution for recent grads as they embark on this new chapter of their lives. Read on to learn why! 

  Gearing Up for Independence: High School Graduates’ Needs 

For high school graduates venturing into college dorms or their first apartments, the list of essentials can seem endless. From laptops and printers for assignments to mini fridges for late-night snacks, the necessities pile up quickly.  

Here’s a list of must-have items that high school graduates may need for their dorm to make shopping a bit easier: 

  • Bedding: Purchase a bedding set that includes sheets, pillows, pillowcases and a comforter. Opt for durable materials that are easy to wash and maintain (such as cotton or microfiber). 

  • Desk and Chair: Choose a desk and chair set that is ergonomically designed for comfort during study sessions. Look for desks with built-in storage compartments or drawers to keep supplies organized. 

  • Microwave: Look for a compact microwave that fits on a countertop or shelf to save space. Consider features such as preset cooking functions for added convenience. 

  • Mini Fridge: Check dormitory regulations regarding the size and wattage of mini fridges allowed. Consider purchasing a mini fridge with a separate freezer compartment for storing frozen meals and ice packs. 

When shopping for dorm essentials, it’s crucial to prioritize functionality and convenience. Look for multipurpose furniture pieces to maximize space and durable, easy-to-clean materials to withstand the wear and tear of college life. And don’t forget to check dorm regulations to ensure the new items you get follow the guidelines. 

Building a New Nest: College Graduates’ Needs 

Similarly, college graduates transitioning into the workforce face the challenge of furnishing their new homes from scratch. Essential items such as beds, sofas, refrigerators, washers and dryers, TVs and home office equipment are all on the shopping list. However, with limited budget and space considerations, prioritizing versatility and price becomes essential.  

  • Furniture: Invest in essential furniture pieces such as a couch, mattress, sofa, dining table and chairs. Choose versatile pieces that can adapt to different styles. 

  • Kitchen Appliances: Consider options (like a microwave or a refrigerator) based on the size and capacity of each appliance to ensure it meets your cooking and storage needs. 

  • Dinnerware, Glassware and Eating Utensils: Stock your kitchen with dinner plates, cereal bowls, drinking glasses, coffee cups. Fill your drawers with forks, knives, spoons and other needed utensils. 

  • Cookware and Cooking Utensils: Invest in a set of cookware including pots, pans, baking sheets, and cooking utensils. Choose durable materials for cookware that is easy to clean and maintain. 

  • Bedding and Linens: Invest in quality bedding and linens including sheets, pillowcases, blankets and towels. Choose materials that are soft, breathable and easy to wash. 

  • Storage Solutions: Utilize storage solutions such as bookcases, TV stands, dressers and nightstands to maximize storage space in small areas. Consider purchasing furniture with built-in storage compartments. 

By considering these items and their respective accessories when shopping, recent college graduates can effectively set up their first apartment and create a comfortable and functional living space

When it comes to style and design, graduates should focus on investing in pieces that are multifunctional and can adapt to different living situations. Aesthetically, choose items with clean lines and neutral colors that can serve them for years to come, and inject your personality and pops of color with smaller accessories. 

A Level Playing Field for All Graduates 

With flexible lease renewal payment options tailored to individual life situations, Acima Leasing empowers young adults to shop smart and comfortably while getting the essentials for their new living situations. This level of flexibility ensures that no graduate is left behind, allowing them to focus on their academic pursuits or new careers without the looming shadow of not being able to get their essentials. 

What sets Acima Leasing’s lease-to-own solution apart is its inclusivity when it comes to supporting families with both new high school and college graduates. Because lease-to-own allows you to shop without using credit,* it’s an ideal option for families with students and young grads looking to get their living space basics.      

Acima Leasing: A Smart Move  

With Acima Leasing’s lease-to-own solution, recent graduates and their parents can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that credit won’t stand in the way of setting up a comfortable and functional living space. Browse our retailer locator to find Acima Leasing in thousands of stores (both in-store and online) and take the first step toward a brighter future today.