Monthly Archives: March 2010

How Much Should You Budget for Utilities?

How Much Should You Budget for Utilities?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Today, we have a question from our MyFirstApartment mail bag. “How much should you budget for utilities? Thanks! Lacey” The short answer is — anywhere from $75 – $200+ per month. What’s the long answer? In terms of possible utilities, here’s a comprehensible checklist: electric, water, heat, trash pickup, gas(**HEAT), cable, internet, and telephone. Off…
How to Make your Bathroom So Clean it Sings

How to Make your Bathroom So Clean it Sings

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
I’m having a house guest this week and as I walked around my house, I couldn’t help but notice…yuck. The bathroom was down right gnarly. There was that yucky bathroom dust over toilet, sink, tub and the like. I know that cleaning once a day takes about five minutes and that’ll let you avoids the…
Your Roommate Can Now Text You Their Share Of the Rent With Venmo

Your Roommate Can Now Text You Their Share Of the Rent With Venmo

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Say goodbye to passive aggressive notes on the fridge reminding roomates that you need their share of the rent. With Venmo, you can take the money directly from their savings account as long as they “trust you.” What is Venmo? It’s a cellphone app that lets you send and receive money from friends, without all…
Should you be building a . . . first apartment dowry?

Should you be building a . . . first apartment dowry?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
I was talking with a good friend last night who happens to be from Botswana. I met him while studying abroad in Ireland, where he’d been studying to be a doctor for the 3 years already at this point. He has a solid British accent and was fluent in English — to the point that…
It’d be Sharp Thinking to Buy a Solid Pair of Knives for Your Apt!

It’d be Sharp Thinking to Buy a Solid Pair of Knives for Your Apt!

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
No, I’m not some psycho killer. I just know knives are the key to successfully cooking at home. And, considering my last credit card bill — that’s definitely something I need to start doing more of! Plus, I tend to like my digits and don’t want to lose one due to a dull knife –…