Budgeting

Alissa’s Tips for Buying a Mattress
Alissa’s Tips for Buying a Mattress

Alissa’s Tips for Buying a Mattress

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Your first big purchase for the new apartment is likely to be a mattress. Before you step a foot in a mattress store, read our blogger Alissa’s tips on how to get the best deal. “We’ve all heard stories about the devious car salesman with the comb-over. You know, the one who’s as honest about…
What Your Money Will Buy You: The Furniture Version
What Your Money Will Buy You: The Furniture Version

What Your Money Will Buy You: The Furniture Version

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
For those of you who know the site like the back of your hand, you’ll recall a list that was compiled a while back comparing the price differences of furniture from IKEA vs. Pottery Barn. Well, time has flown by us and we thought it was time to update the prices. We also thought we…
How much do I need to save before moving?
How much do I need to save before moving?

How much do I need to save before moving?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
We get asked this question a lot, so here’s a repeat of a post from last year. When you are planning to move out on your own you’ll need be able to cover three types of expenses: 1.) your monthly rent and utilities and 2.) all upfront fees and moving costs and 3.) furnishing your…
Moving and a Shaking( U-haul or I-haul?)
Moving and a Shaking( U-haul or I-haul?)

Moving and a Shaking( U-haul or I-haul?)

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
I’ve been looking up moving companies for a week now and have found all these companies with cute-sy allusions to ‘dancing’. There is nothing ‘cute’ about my dad barking in my ears to ‘BEND YOUR KNEES!” But, admittedly, I have enjoyed scanning craigslist to the likes of “Git-R-Done” local moving company and the “I like…
They say money is the root of all evil…
They say money is the root of all evil…

They say money is the root of all evil…

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
It’s Jen. I feel like I haven’t sat down at a computer without checking Craigslist in the past four days. Jason and I have pretty much decided that the Mission and Noe Valley will be our target neighboorhoods, the main reasons being that they’re pretty conveniently located to the BART and they’re two of the…
Major Cities with Cheapest Rents!
Major Cities with Cheapest Rents!

Major Cities with Cheapest Rents!

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Boston are without doubt terrific cities; but you’d be right foolish to believe that they’re the only American cities worth living in. With some rents in major metropolitan cities rising upwards of 10% this year, it might be time to consider certain other roads, or zip codes,…
Money Issues Between Roomies
Money Issues Between Roomies

Money Issues Between Roomies

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
While in college it seems everyone is, or everyone acts like they are, broke. Terribly, horribly, mac and cheese, $3 burrito broke. Then, we graduate and some of us get high paying jobs, and some of us get…jobs. However, while this can be a temporary problem when going out to dinner with friends in the…
Keeping cool?
Keeping cool?

Keeping cool?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
It’s 98 degrees in the shade. Last night, I dreamt I was Superman, and I kept trying and trying to get to my ice palace, where it had to be cooler, but I couldn’t. I woke up sweating. If you’re lucky, your new apartment will have central air. Mine doesn’t. This means that lately I’ve…
The Budget (a.k.a. All Hail IKEA)
The Budget (a.k.a. All Hail IKEA)

The Budget (a.k.a. All Hail IKEA)

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Ikea was having a summer sale this weekend, so I spent most of Saturday picking up small items, and testing out couches, beds, and chairs. I’ll be buying the big furniture pieces at a Chicago-area Ikea when I move in, so I went ahead and bought myself some gift cards to save the money for…