Posts Tagged: utilities

First Apartment Budgeting Basics: Your Monthly Expenses Checklist

First Apartment Budgeting Basics: Your Monthly Expenses Checklist

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
You’ve signed the lease and you have a move-in date. You know how much rent you can afford. But what are your expenses once you move in? Let’s break it down. First, there’s the moving. This is a one-time expense, but it can be a big one. You need to decide whether you’re using movers…
Should You Get Cable TV? Maybe Not

Should You Get Cable TV? Maybe Not

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
The golden era of cable television is probably over. From, oh, say 1985 to 2005, it filled a definite need: if you wanted to watch a variety of shows and movies, and weren’t interested in going to the video rental store all the time (remember those?), then you had to get cable. Or be stuck…
Our Most Popular Advice for First Time Apartment Hunters

Our Most Popular Advice for First Time Apartment Hunters

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
As the spring apartment hunting season kicks into high gear, here are some of our most popular post for first time renters. How much do you need to save before you can afford to rent an apartment? The short answer is about 10% of your annual salary, but check out these two posts here and here for how…
How Much Should You Budget for Utilities?

How Much Should You Budget for Utilities?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Today, we have a question from our MyFirstApartment mail bag. “How much should you budget for utilities? Thanks! Lacey” The short answer is — anywhere from $75 – $200+ per month. What’s the long answer? In terms of possible utilities, here’s a comprehensible checklist: electric, water, heat, trash pickup, gas(**HEAT), cable, internet, and telephone. Off…
How Much of Your Paycheck Should Go Towards Rent?

How Much of Your Paycheck Should Go Towards Rent?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
My sister is moving into her first apartment next month in Chicago and was planning her budget over the long Thanksgiving weekend while I sat next to her reading the paper.  “So, Ms. First Apartment Expert,” she smirked at me, “how much should I be spending on rent?” “A quarter,” I said without looking up…
Is your apartment ready for summer? Get on it before it’s too hot to move!

Is your apartment ready for summer? Get on it before it’s too hot to move!

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
With the passing of Memorial Day, no matter what the solar calendar says – summer is here. Hello, half-day Fridays, white shoes, and HEAT. GLORIOUS HEAT! Well, at least if you’re ready for it. How to summer-fy your apartment/life? First, think about your air conditioner situation. Do you have one? Does it work? Is it…
Settling in.

Settling in.

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Hey all, it’s Jason. It’s been a little over a month since we moved in, and things are going well. Still have a few boxes hanging around the living room, but a majority of our stuff is in its new home. I’ve been doing the commute to Palo Alto for a while now, and I’ve…
Why, oh why, oh wireless?

Why, oh why, oh wireless?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Living in sunny SoCal, my monthly utility payments are satisfyingly low. The largest is by far my cable internet bill- approximately $40 a month, split with my roommate. I was reluctant, at first, to part with this extra dough for our own wireless- I have a laptop, and it’s easy enough to link to someone…
Moving In: Taking Care of the Details

Moving In: Taking Care of the Details

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Set up your utilities: electricity, cable, and telephone Before you begin carting all your belongings to your new apartment, make arrangements to have the utilities turned on — otherwise you’ll be in the dark, literally. You may decide to skip a landline and just get by with your cell phone, but you’ll still need cable,…