Try to make things last as long as possible until you can find a cheap replacement. Most items that you need are probably right under your nose. Just let your friends and family know you need a refrigerator or something like that. If they don't have one they are getting rid of, I'm sure they know someone else that does. This networking for stuff is one of the biggest pay offs you can do. Imagine getting a refrigerator for free just because a friend or neighbor wants to get rid of theirs. You just saved yourself a big chunk of money.
I really don't see why anyone would need to pay full price for a lot of stuff these days. Someone, somewhere, is always trying to get rid of something you want!