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Audra

Audra is a recent college graduate and an aspiring writer based in her home state of Georgia. She’s a lover of the sweetest Southern tea, warm weather, and decorating with lots of color, DIY projects, and shabby chic pieces. Her apartment living journey is still young, so she’s busy navigating the ups and downs and learning along the way. For more from Audra, follow her on Pinterest or check out her website shepenspretty.com.
Dressing Your Bed for Sweet Dreams
Dressing Your Bed for Sweet Dreams

Dressing Your Bed for Sweet Dreams

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So you bought a mattress. It probably wasn’t a fun purchase (what adult purchases usually are?), but we can assure you that you did a good thing. And, hopefully, you’re channeling your inner Goldilocks: “It’s not too soft. It’s not too firm. It’s just right.” Now all you have to do is to throw on…
Tips for Holiday-Stress-Proofing Your SO Relationship
Tips for Holiday-Stress-Proofing Your SO Relationship

Tips for Holiday-Stress-Proofing Your SO Relationship

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The holidays are a time of wonder, cheer, giving — some would even say magic. But you know what else the holiday season is full of? Stress. Lots and lots of stress. Sure, I may be pessimistic about “the most wonderful time of year” but there’s no denying that in addition to gifts and good…
5 Free Money Tracking Apps That Are Great For Staying Within Budget
5 Free Money Tracking Apps That Are Great For Staying Within Budget

5 Free Money Tracking Apps That Are Great For Staying Within Budget

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Unless you’re a boss when it comes financial responsibility, it’s likely there have been one (or many) times in your life that you’d made purchases without considering the consequences on your budget. (Guilty.) If you haven’t had the (dis)pleasure of receiving a lovely overdraft fine, let me go ahead and clue you in on a little…
IKEA’s Limited Edition Sällskap Collection is a Renter’s Dream Come True
IKEA’s Limited Edition Sällskap Collection is a Renter’s Dream Come True

IKEA’s Limited Edition Sällskap Collection is a Renter’s Dream Come True

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
In the renter community, IKEA is an undeniable life saver. Sure, the furniture can be a serious pain in the butt to put together and, yeah, the furniture can be kinda bland (but that can be fixed with a little creativity and craft supplies). But, overall, the design and cost leaves the Scandinavian furniture giant without competition…
5 Bed Frames Perfect for Apartment Living for Under $300
5 Bed Frames Perfect for Apartment Living for Under $300

5 Bed Frames Perfect for Apartment Living for Under $300

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Hello again, budget apartment shoppers. Over the last few weeks, My First Apartment has been diving into finding all your apartment furniture needs on a dime, whether it’s a space-saving dining set, apartment-friendly sofas, or how to equip your first kitchen for under $200. This week, we’re tackling queen-sized bed frames for under $300 (note that the…
8 Safety Tips for Living Alone
8 Safety Tips for Living Alone

8 Safety Tips for Living Alone

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After years of living at home with a large, loud family or in college dorms, I was totally unprepared for living alone in my first apartment post-college. Suddenly, I heard every sound. A creak in the floor, the sound of the AC kicking on in the middle of the night, neighbors shutting doors down the hall…you name…
5 Apartment-Friendly Dining Sets Under $250
5 Apartment-Friendly Dining Sets Under $250

5 Apartment-Friendly Dining Sets Under $250

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
A few weeks ago, we brought you the first installment of The Affordable Apartment Furniture Basics Series (if you missed it, mosey on over here to check out 5 awesome couches for under $500). This week, we’re heading out of the living room and into the kitchen to bring you 5 apartment-friendly dining sets—often with multi-use functions (can…
6 Tips for Making a Winning Complaint Call
6 Tips for Making a Winning Complaint Call

6 Tips for Making a Winning Complaint Call

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When you enter the adult world, one of the harshest realities is that you no longer have your mom there to make those awkward complaint calls for you. Miffed that your internet is out? Confused about that $50 fee? Perturbed that maintenance still hasn’t fixed the ice maker? Sorry, friend – you’re not 12. It’s no longer chill for…
5 Best Apartment Sofas Under $500
5 Best Apartment Sofas Under $500

5 Best Apartment Sofas Under $500

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Let’s be honest: furniture shopping — and the big budget it often requires — only gets a special kind of person excited. I’m one of those rare breeds — few things get me more pumped than shopping. Digging to the depths of the internet. Walking through stores until your feet hurt and your gas tank is…
My First Apartment’s Guide to Moving in With Your Significant Other
My First Apartment’s Guide to Moving in With Your Significant Other

My First Apartment’s Guide to Moving in With Your Significant Other

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So, you think it’s time to take the leap and move in with your significant other. But, before you dive right in, you’re wondering what you should know and consider before you pop the big “should we move in together?” question. Moving in with your boyfriend/girlfriend is a huge step that can have either a…