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Best cookware set for college apartment

Hi everyone.

I'm getting ready to move into my first apartment, and I'm having a bit of a tough time deciding on what cookware I want to purchase. I do think I want a set, as it seems to be the best bang for the buck, but I don't want to get something horrible, just because it's cheap. I was wondering if you had any tips on where to look for someone who is on an intense budget, doesn't cook all the time, so I'm not in the need of something phenomenal, just something sturdy and reliable.

Hope you can help!

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  1. You might get something at BIG LOTS, or you could pick your own set at a thrift store (you might even get better quality stuff at a thrift store or garage sale)

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    1. re: lifeof spice

      my first kitchen was outfitted from a thrift store for very little money. That's what I would suggest as well. Then you'll figure out what things you really want to upgrade and what things are fine for a few more years. You really *need* very little to be able to cook what you want. If you don't want to go the thrift store route, then an inexpensive set from Target or whatever will get you started. You may get lots of advice about "buying the best, it will last you a lifetime" which while undeniably true, isn't necessarily where you are in life right now. At least I know I wasn't.

    2. Are you in the states? If you're in England You can get a set of anolon pans for about £80 (3 saucepans, small frying pan and stir fry)

      1. Go to Target or Costco. You can get a full set of whatever for under $50. It will more than suit your needs. My son still has his after 3 years and it's absolutely fine.

        1. You may want to try Tuesday Morning (it's a smaller closeout chain and the merchandise changes regularly) along with Target/Costco. Ikea's kitchen department is also surprisingly good for the price (not like the furniture that has about a 1-2 lifespan for certain pieces).

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          1. re: queencru

            Ikea is a great suggestion but may not be local to everyone. Mostly a la carte offerings but the prices are excellent and quality is good.

            1. re: queencru

              I'd disagree from a limited experience. Ikea is a lucky dip IMO, 50% good, 50% trash.

              I got a stainless steel mixing bowl for gods sake, and it lasted less than a week before the inside bottom corroded somehow.

              *edit* I was using it to make dough, mainly too.

            2. Go to several of your local Ross/Marshalls/TJMaxx/Homegoods(my preference) and pick up a few heavy non-sticks like Circulon or Calphalon.