Monthly Archives: September 2011

New Online Resources for Splitting Bills with Roommates, Drama Free!

New Online Resources for Splitting Bills with Roommates, Drama Free!

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Our guest blogger Katherine has found help online for splitting expenses. Splitting Bills with Roommates, Drama Free! by Katherine  We all know how awkward it is to remind a friend they owe you $3.52 for that milkshake you spotted them for last night, and it’s even worse when that friend is a roommate and that…
Get Your Apartment Party-Ready and Enter a *$100 Giveaway* Challenge

Get Your Apartment Party-Ready and Enter a *$100 Giveaway* Challenge

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Hello, it’s Alex again – Alissa’s boyfriend. As you may remember from last week, we just moved cross-country. Now we’ve gotten a challenge from Apartment Guide, to host a Tailgating at Home party next week! This is no small task. We’ve gotten the apartment live-able, but frankly, it’s still a mess – we’ve only been here…
How to Be a Smart Daily Deals Shopper – 7 Tips to Make You the Winner

How to Be a Smart Daily Deals Shopper – 7 Tips to Make You the Winner

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Here at MFA we love a good deal as much as the next guy, and we have used daily deals to save money on restaurants, movies, deli lunches, kitchen tools and an occasional mani/pedi. We have used offers from Groupon, Living Social, BuyWithMe, Google, Amazon, GiltGroup, RueLala and several local NYC deal companies. Most deals…
Renting A Moving Truck – And Moving Cross-Country!

Renting A Moving Truck – And Moving Cross-Country!

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Hi, I’m Alex, Alissa’s boyfriend. As regular readers to this site know, Alissa (and I) just completed a cross-country move from hipster-y Brooklyn to frat-y Chicago. The move went well – thanks for asking! But I’m sure what you’re really interested in are tips on how to do it. First: take a deep breath. Moving…
Equip Your First Kitchen for under $170

Equip Your First Kitchen for under $170

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
When you have to equip your first kitchen, buying the right tools can be daunting and expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. The key to properly outfitting your kitchen with the basics is collecting a handful of multi-purpose tools that can be used in a wide array of food preparations. I recommend that you…
New and Improved Los Angeles Neighborhood Guide: Part Two

New and Improved Los Angeles Neighborhood Guide: Part Two

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
New and Improved Los Angeles Neighborhood Guide: Part Two by Katherine As promised,  part two of the LA Guide covers some of the trendier neighborhoods for the young and single.  (Click here if you missed part one.)  Beware though, that with trendiness come rapidly rising rents to match the rapidly rising coolness of their inhabitants. And some of the…
WIN – A Free T-Shirt By Sharing Your Apartment Hunting Tips!

WIN – A Free T-Shirt By Sharing Your Apartment Hunting Tips!

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Apartment hunting can be the total worst – we know. So, we wanted to offer you a lil’ pick-me-up – in the form of a free coolness. . . Specifically, a rad new t-shirt from Scared Panda, a t-shirt shop that specializes in shirts that reflect the different communities the founders have lived in and experienced. The t-shirts are…
New and Improved Los Angeles Neighborhood Guide: Part One

New and Improved Los Angeles Neighborhood Guide: Part One

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
  Los Angeles Neighborhood Guide: Part One by Katherine Ah, L.A., La La Land, Hollywood, the City of Angels. So sprawling is this metropolis that  the task of finding your first apartment can feel daunting, if not downright impossible. From beachy Santa Monica on the west side to funky Silverlake on east side, Los Angeles is one…
20 Tips for Surviving New York City on a Budget

20 Tips for Surviving New York City on a Budget

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Maybe you saw last week’s semi-sappy post about leaving NYC. Well, this week I thought it might be more helpful to share some of my NYC honest-to-goodness learnings. 1) Use a broker when searching for apartments. It’s more $, but you’ll get a better deal on the month-to-month rent plus a better place in the…