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Anna R.

Anna R. is currently a research assistant in a biology lab in the Bay Area and is interested in pursuing a Ph.D in Genetics. When she’s not daydreaming about food and browsing recipes on Pinterest, she likes to spend her free time dancing, paddle boarding and swimming. She’s been through a number of different housing situations and is eager to share her experiences with other MFA readers!
Decorating 101: Using Wall Art to Show Your Style
Decorating 101: Using Wall Art to Show Your Style

Decorating 101: Using Wall Art to Show Your Style

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Decorating the walls of your apartment is one of the best parts of having your own space. It’s an opportunity to show your style, your creativity and to express yourself! But if you’re living on a budget, it can be very difficult to furnish your walls with art, because the price of each painting adds…
Saving for Vacation When You Are “Rent Poor”
Saving for Vacation When You Are “Rent Poor”

Saving for Vacation When You Are “Rent Poor”

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Many of us have dreams of traveling the world while we are young and have our whole lives ahead of us. But if you are living on a budget in an expensive city, most of your income may be devoted to rent, utilities, paying off student loans, and everyday living expenses. How can you afford…
How to Save Money on Work Lunches
How to Save Money on Work Lunches

How to Save Money on Work Lunches

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Prepping meals for the week can be a surprising challenge, especially when our lives are filled with work obligations, chores, and hanging out with friends and family. We’ve all had those weeks where Monday comes around, and we find ourselves at the café two blocks away from work, purchasing an overpriced salad. Eating lunch out…
Roommate Intervention: What to Do When Landlord-Designated “Tenant in Charge” Fails Duties
Roommate Intervention: What to Do When Landlord-Designated “Tenant in Charge” Fails Duties

Roommate Intervention: What to Do When Landlord-Designated “Tenant in Charge” Fails Duties

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
In almost every group housing situation I’ve lived in, there is usually one tenant that handles the majority of the responsibilities. They act as the liaison between tenants and landlords, they handle collecting the rent, and they tell the landlord if there are any issues with the apartment. How the “tenant in charge” decision is…
How to Adapt Landlord’s Decor to Your Style
How to Adapt Landlord’s Decor to Your Style

How to Adapt Landlord’s Decor to Your Style

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There’s no doubt that decorating your new apartment with your personal style can be really exciting! Unfortunately, when we rent an apartment within our budget, we are subjected to the features that the landlord chose for the apartment. Most of the time that means “landlord white” paint, shabby floors and cheap cabinets. In addition to…
5 Multi-Purpose Small Kitchen Appliances We Love
5 Multi-Purpose Small Kitchen Appliances We Love

5 Multi-Purpose Small Kitchen Appliances We Love

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When shopping for small kitchen appliances, we often have to limit ourselves with how many items we can actually have. Whether it is due to our limited budgets or simply a lack of cabinet or counter space, we have to pick a few selected items and rely on them for all of our cooking needs.…
Tips for Saving Money When Ordering Takeout
Tips for Saving Money When Ordering Takeout

Tips for Saving Money When Ordering Takeout

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We all have those days where we come home from work or school and we head straight to the couch, dreading the thought of figuring out what to have for dinner. Ordering takeut has many benefits in this case: the food is tasty, it’s convenient, and it saves us from a night of cooking and…
Stylish Apartment Decor from Your Favorite Clothing Stores!
Stylish Apartment Decor from Your Favorite Clothing Stores!

Stylish Apartment Decor from Your Favorite Clothing Stores!

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
I don’t know about you, but one of the most exciting things about moving into a new apartment is the decorating! Maybe this your first apartment and you’re going for a whole new look. Perhaps it’s your 3rd or 4th apartment and you only want to make a few small changes to stay within your…
Tips for Recovering after Moving Costs Wipe Out Your Savings
Tips for Recovering after Moving Costs Wipe Out Your Savings

Tips for Recovering after Moving Costs Wipe Out Your Savings

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Moving into your first apartment is very exciting, especially when it comes to furnishing and decorating your apartment within the first month! Starting off in a new apartment is also very expensive, with landlords often asking for first and last month’s rent, a hefty security deposit and any fees tagged on for using a broker…
Time for Apartment Shopping! 15 Labor Day Sales to Check Out!
Time for Apartment Shopping! 15 Labor Day Sales to Check Out!

Time for Apartment Shopping! 15 Labor Day Sales to Check Out!

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Like many smart shoppers, I’m definitely one who will try to purchase items on sale as often as possible, especially when it comes to apartment furniture and appliances! There are so many great deals that happen around holidays, and Labor Day is no different. In my experience, Labor Day sales focus on selling outdoor furniture,…