Budgeting

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…
Crisis Averted
Crisis Averted

Crisis Averted

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
So, the property manager called this morning and said I needed a cosigner. Unfortunately, I don’t have one. I was worried this might happen. The rent is 35% of my income, and my credit score is decent considering my age, so I was hoping I wouldn’t need a cosigner, but apparently, I’m a risk. :)…
Relocating Complicates Everything
Relocating Complicates Everything

Relocating Complicates Everything

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Hi everyone. Thanks for reading. My apartment hunt officially begins this weekend, though I’ve been planning and researching online for months. I’ll be moving to Chicago on July 1st to begin medical school, but I’m currently living in Maryland (with my parents… joy). I’ve only visited the city twice (once for my interview, once for…
True Story of an Attempted Rip-off
True Story of an Attempted Rip-off

True Story of an Attempted Rip-off

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
When my roommate and I began looking for an apartment in college, we really didn’t know where to start or even what neighborhoods to consider. Early on in the search we found a pretty nice place in what appeared to be a good neighborhood (knowing what I know now, it is a great neighborhood and…
$1000 Rent Around the Country
$1000 Rent Around the Country

$1000 Rent Around the Country

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Living in NYC I have resigned myself to paying high rents on small places, so $1000 doesn’t sound like that much to me. But what could such an amount of money get you all over the US? Let’s find out! In Minneapolis you can get a fancy townhouse (even the two bedroom isn’t much more…
Tipping your way to a happy New Year!
Tipping your way to a happy New Year!

Tipping your way to a happy New Year!

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
The holidays are here and if this is your first year on your own you may not know that in city apartments, tipping your Super is customary. And if you’re lucky enough to have a doorman, they’ll be expecting a little something extra too. This may sound crazy to you, I know that I had…
Top Five First Apartment Mistakes
Top Five First Apartment Mistakes

Top Five First Apartment Mistakes

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Mistake #1. Paying Too Much. This is the most common beginner’s mistake. It is easy to forget that rent is only part of expenses you’ll have to deal with living on your own – there’s also gas and electric, cable and phone, not to mention commuting to work, food and dry cleaning. You may even…