Budgeting

Upgrades That Aren’t Worth The Cash in a Rental
Upgrades That Aren’t Worth The Cash in a Rental

Upgrades That Aren’t Worth The Cash in a Rental

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Many apartments will try to catch your attention with fancy upgrades or add-on’s that tack on serious cost to your monthly rent payment. Some of them may be worth it…but some upgrades simply aren’t worth the cash. If you’re on a serious budget during your apartment hunt, check out the common upgrades below, and keep an…
More Ways to Save on Eating In and Out
More Ways to Save on Eating In and Out

More Ways to Save on Eating In and Out

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
One of the first things I noticed about living in my own place is that food expenses can really add up if you let them. At first, I didn’t pay much attention to where I spent my money, instead just watched for my bottom line at the end of each month. However, looking a little…
5 Tips to Save Money for Moving Out
5 Tips to Save Money for Moving Out

5 Tips to Save Money for Moving Out

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
When you’re on the hunt for your first place, a HUGE thing to remember is that you need to have about 3 TIMES your expected rent ready to go. This money goes towards paying a security deposit equal to (at least) one month’s rent, your first month’s rent due on signing of the lease, plus…
7 Simple Ways to Reduce Your Utility Costs
7 Simple Ways to Reduce Your Utility Costs

7 Simple Ways to Reduce Your Utility Costs

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
No matter the type of apartment you live in – whether it’s brand new and energy efficient or decades old with unsealed door frames and windows – there are always ways to help reduce your utility costs. As a renter, you can’t make big changes to your apartment like updating windows or plumbing and electrical,…
Saving for Vacation When You Are “Rent Poor”
Saving for Vacation When You Are “Rent Poor”

Saving for Vacation When You Are “Rent Poor”

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
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…
New Year’s Resolutions You Can Actually Keep
New Year’s Resolutions You Can Actually Keep

New Year’s Resolutions You Can Actually Keep

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
These simple money tips by Alex, originally published three years ago, will give your 2017 a great start. Maybe last year’s resolution to hit the gym and drop 10 pounds didn’t work out so well, nor did that plan to write a best seller. Perhaps you were over-reaching a bit. Luckily, a new year means new beginnings and…
Holiday Tipping 2016
Holiday Tipping 2016

Holiday Tipping 2016

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Learning to tip is just another one of the lessons in adult life you have to learn when you move into your first apartment. Whom to tip? How much? Here are some basics you can use as you tipping guide: Super Tipping your super can bring you goodwill for the next year. $50-$100 is a…
How to Use Your Rent Payments to Boost Your Credit Score
How to Use Your Rent Payments to Boost Your Credit Score

How to Use Your Rent Payments to Boost Your Credit Score

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
By Christine DiGangi One of the many reasons someone might look at your credit scores is to figure out if you’re likely to repay any money you borrow, so you’d think having a history of paying a huge monthly bill on time would be good for your credit. But in many cases, one of the…
10 Costs First Time Renters Don’t Think About
10 Costs First Time Renters Don’t Think About

10 Costs First Time Renters Don’t Think About

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
By Stephanie Lynch If you recently found the perfect apartment — congratulations!  It can be pretty time consuming to find the right area, amenities, landlord and price.  There’s nothing better than walking into an apartment and instantly clicking with it. While signing the lease to your new apartment may be exciting, most apartment tenants, especially…