Budgeting

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…
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…
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

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
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…
Save or Splurge: Bedrooms
Save or Splurge: Bedrooms

Save or Splurge: Bedrooms

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Your first apartment is the perfect chance to show your personality and pick up some fun pieces that really speak to you. However, your first apartment also likely means you’re on a tight budget (or should be) as you pay the rental deposit and build up an “in-case-of-emergency” savings fund. Here are our top tips…
Tips for Saving Money When Ordering Takeout
Tips for Saving Money When Ordering Takeout

Tips for Saving Money When Ordering Takeout

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
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…