Budgeting

Holiday Budgeting Tips
Holiday Budgeting Tips

Holiday Budgeting Tips

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
It’s almost the end of the year…can you believe it? This year seems to have flown past. While I love this season and the fun and family time it brings, I’m going to give it to you straight. It’s EXPENSIVE. Moving out is often a big rite of passage, which means your parents and family…
How To Buy A Mattress: A Complete Guide
How To Buy A Mattress: A Complete Guide

How To Buy A Mattress: A Complete Guide

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
You spend approximately one thirds of your life sleeping, so your mattress is one of the most important (and expensive) purchases you will make for your first apartment.  Navigating buying a mattress, however, can be confusing and frustrating as there are so many styles and sizes.  So we put together a guide to help you…
The 3 Secrets to Creating (and Sticking to) a New Apartment Budget
The 3 Secrets to Creating (and Sticking to) a New Apartment Budget

The 3 Secrets to Creating (and Sticking to) a New Apartment Budget

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Unlike riding a bicycle, going to the mall alone, or receiving your first college acceptance, no one informs you when you’re ready to move out. Wouldn’t that be so much easier though? A major decider (besides your parent’s not so subtle hints) is when you’re are able to afford paying your own rent, utilities, groceries…
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

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
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…