Budgeting

When the Subletter Renegs on the Rent
When the Subletter Renegs on the Rent

When the Subletter Renegs on the Rent

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Hello Gentle Blog Readers, I was going to write about urgent last-minute apartment fixes–but a friend is having an urgent problem, so I’m hoping some of you may have advice. Also, apartment living ethics fascinate me. The problem? The subletter( who is an acquaintance of a current housemate) doesn’t think she should pay rent for…
More…HIDDEN COSTS OF LIVING IN A BIG CITY
More…HIDDEN COSTS OF LIVING IN A BIG CITY

More…HIDDEN COSTS OF LIVING IN A BIG CITY

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Every so often, I’ll be checking my bank statement and think to myself, DAMN, why I am I so over budget? Well, this week, I realized that I’m spending way too much money eating out; if I had a theme song, it’d play the “Anoooother Hidden cost of Moving to NYC” theme song right now.…
How Much Does It Cost to Move?
How Much Does It Cost to Move?

How Much Does It Cost to Move?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
THIS IS A REPEAT OF ONE OF OUR MOST POPULAR POSTS. Here are some rough guidelines you can use when you start planning the move to your first apartment. Monthly Rent = annual salary divided by 40 Security Deposit = one month’s rent Furniture = one to two months’ rent Starter Equipment = $250-$500 (Check…
My ten steps to green your apartment
My ten steps to green your apartment

My ten steps to green your apartment

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
10. Set up a recycling area. This can be as simple as a grocery sack next to the trash bin. Seriously. It’s not that complicated. 9. Install compact fluorescent light bulbs. It will save you money in the long run – always a good thing. 8. Live close to work so that you can walk,…
Holiday tipping basics
Holiday tipping basics

Holiday tipping basics

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
If this is your first holiday season on your own, how to handle tipping can be confusing. How much should you tip your super or your doorman? How about the letter carrier? And what to do if there is no money in your budget for tips? The gold standard in matters of etiquette, Emily Post,…
Kelly M’s tips for furnishing from Craigslist “free”
Kelly M’s tips for furnishing from Craigslist “free”

Kelly M’s tips for furnishing from Craigslist “free”

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Our new contributor Kelly M recently moved into her first apartment in Queens, New York, and shares here what she learned about using Craigslist’s “free” section: “Everyone loves Ikea. They’re relatively cheap, the stuff looks cool, and…well…they’re relatively cheap. But then you move to the city, and “relatively” cheap only gets you so far. What…
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…