Posts Tagged: rent budget

Living On Your Own: 7 Tips For Avoiding Budget Woes

Living On Your Own: 7 Tips For Avoiding Budget Woes

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
When you finally make the big move into your very first apartment, you are pretty unaware of the big financial hit you are about to take. No, that doesn’t mean you’ll be broke for the rest of your life nor does it mean that you can’t make it on your own. However, it does mean…
Don’t Get Surprised by These Extra Expenses on Your Rental

Don’t Get Surprised by These Extra Expenses on Your Rental

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
WATCH OUT FOR THESE FIVE EXTRA COSTS ON YOUR RENTAL by Katherine So you’ve made your rent budget and you’ve been good and remembered to budget for basic utilities like internet, cable, electricity, gas and even water. But what about those sneaky expenses you didn’t think about and are now stuck with because you signed…
Job or No Job, Post-Grad Apartment Hunt Starts

Job or No Job, Post-Grad Apartment Hunt Starts

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Congratulations to our blogger Elyse who is graduating from college!  ”My Post-Grad Apartment Hunt Starts” by Elyse May is here and so is my college graduation. While it’s exciting to celebrate the end of writing papers and reading for anything besides pleasure, it also means the end of being coddled by my student status. With…
Mail Call: How Much Should Your Rent Be Increased Yearly?

Mail Call: How Much Should Your Rent Be Increased Yearly?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
You heard it here first — we’re going to the mailbox! Benjamin from Allentown, PA  wants to know how much his rent should be increased per year. Ah, don’t we all. I’m actually about a month away from my landlord sending me my renewal papers and I’m already anxious as to whether he’s going to…
The First Two Things to Decide Before You Start Your Apartment Hunt

The First Two Things to Decide Before You Start Your Apartment Hunt

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
It’s May and you know what that means — the beginning of summer rental season.  If you act fast you may luck out but otherwise, get ready for rentals to go bat-shit crazy. To give you a head start on your hunt, the first two questions you need to ask yourself right now, this very…
90 Degrees of Apartment Searching

90 Degrees of Apartment Searching

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Hi there! I’m Theresa. I’m currently living in Staten Island, NY. I had three roommates there, but they’ve all up and left due to life changes/hating NYC, and I can’t afford to stay there anymore. I’m looking in Philadelphia, where I went to school and where a number of my good friends reside. I’m pretty…
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…
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!

  |   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,…
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…