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Affordable Rent Calculator
Affordable Rent Calculator

Affordable Rent Calculator

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Click Yes or No below to open calculator.   Description of the My First Apartment’s Affordable Rent Calculator: 1.) The above easy-to-use calculator uses the formulas from this post for calculating your maximum affordable rent. (Note: If you are paid hourly, you should also check our post How Much Rent Can I Afford on My…
Cost of Having a Pet In Your Apartment
Cost of Having a Pet In Your Apartment

Cost of Having a Pet In Your Apartment

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
We’ve talked about what you should consider before adopting a dog or cat and bringing it into your apartment, but what about the costs? Once you’re sure your landlord allows pets (and allows the kind of pet you want to adopt), how much should you plan to spend? For many people, the excitement of having a…
How To Pay For Off-Campus Housing With a Student Loan
How To Pay For Off-Campus Housing With a Student Loan

How To Pay For Off-Campus Housing With a Student Loan

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
One of our readers recently messaged with the question, “Can I pay for off-campus housing with student loans.” What an excellent question! The short answer is: yes!  Just remember, living off-campus can get expensive, as this New York Times article explains. In the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)’s Statement of Educational Purpose, it…
Kitchen Essentials: Fiddly Things You May Forget
Kitchen Essentials: Fiddly Things You May Forget

Kitchen Essentials: Fiddly Things You May Forget

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Kitchen Essentials What if I told you that there was a secret way to get up to a 90% discount on most of the things you’d order in a restaurant? I’m not fantasizing. There is a way to get food for down to a fraction of the restaurant price, and it’s called cooking it for…
Average Utility Bills: My First Apartment Survey Results
Average Utility Bills: My First Apartment Survey Results

Average Utility Bills: My First Apartment Survey Results

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
How much will my average electric bill be? Can I afford to pay both my rent and my utilities? Those are typical questions we get from our readers.  While we have covered this topic many times already, we decided to find out what millennials actually paid for electricity, cable/internet, water and garbage collection last month (July).…
Beginner’s Guide to Managing Debt
Beginner’s Guide to Managing Debt

Beginner’s Guide to Managing Debt

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Sponsored Post By Allison Videtti Debt, in some form or another, is a part of being an adult these days. Want to go to college? Most of us need to take out a loan. How about buying a car? You’ll probably want loan for that, too. Interested in being a homeowner one day? You’ll need…
Fill out a Quick Utilities Survey for a Chance to Win a $50 Amazon Gift Certificate
Fill out a Quick Utilities Survey for a Chance to Win a $50 Amazon Gift Certificate

Fill out a Quick Utilities Survey for a Chance to Win a $50 Amazon Gift Certificate

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
The survey is closed. Thanks for all survey participants. The results will be reported in an upcoming post. Congratulations to Alize from Greenville, SC, who was the randomly – selected winner of the $50 Amazon gift certificate. At MyFirstApartment.com, we are asked every day how to estimate apartment utilities.  We want to update our previous utility…
5 Ways to Save on Your Summer A/C Bills
5 Ways to Save on Your Summer A/C Bills

5 Ways to Save on Your Summer A/C Bills

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
We are in the midst of another heatwave and A/C costs are going through the roof.   Here are 5 simple ways to get your electric bills under control. 1. Turn the A/C Up And by up, I mean down. What I mean is, you don’t need to have your apartment chilled to a nice 68…
Save or Splurge: The Kitchen
Save or Splurge: The Kitchen

Save or Splurge: The Kitchen

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
One of the best parts (or worst, depending on your skillset) of moving into your own apartment is having free reign over your kitchen, meal plan, and cooking schedule. For those that love to cook, this freedom is thrilling! For those that don’t, it can be a bit daunting. Here’s a our list on what…