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Alex

Alex has rented in Minneapolis, Queens, Brooklyn, and now Chicago. He can kill rodents and roaches when required, and loves picture-hanging projects. If you're ever in town, give him a shout.
Decorate Like a Pro: Secrets of TV’s Biggest Home Design Stars
Decorate Like a Pro: Secrets of TV’s Biggest Home Design Stars

Decorate Like a Pro: Secrets of TV’s Biggest Home Design Stars

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If you’re addicted to TV shows on home design, like Love It or List It, Fixer Upper and Property Brothers, you’d love to know their secrets. Even if you are living in a rental, are there tricks you can use to get your place to look like their place? Can you decorate like your favorite…
Should You Get an Apartment Before You Have a Job?
Should You Get an Apartment Before You Have a Job?

Should You Get an Apartment Before You Have a Job?

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As May is fast approaching, many new grads have a burning question in mind, “Do I get the job first or the apartment first?” Of course, often there is no choice – you usually need to have a job before a landlord will rent to you. On the other hand, job hunting long distance can…
Should Your First Apartment be a Rented Condo?
Should Your First Apartment be a Rented Condo?

Should Your First Apartment be a Rented Condo?

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In your search for an apartment, you might come across a condo for rent. This can be a good option, but it does differ from renting in a traditional apartment building. When you rent a condo, you’re renting from one person, who likely owns only that unit within the building. You’ll probably notice immediately that…
Should You Hire a Professional Cleaner?
Should You Hire a Professional Cleaner?

Should You Hire a Professional Cleaner?

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As a first-time renter, you’ve just started your career and you’re on your own for the first time. You often don’t have a lot of money and you’re just learning how to seriously follow a budget. A cleaning service is for the wealthy, for those older than you, totally unnecessary. Right? Mostly, yes. But there…
New Year’s Resolutions You Can Actually Keep
New Year’s Resolutions You Can Actually Keep

New Year’s Resolutions You Can Actually Keep

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These simple money tips by Alex, originally published three years ago, will give your 2017 a great start. Maybe last year’s resolution to hit the gym and drop 10 pounds didn’t work out so well, nor did that plan to write a best seller. Perhaps you were over-reaching a bit. Luckily, a new year means new beginnings and…
Roommate Gift-Giving: A Complete Guide
Roommate Gift-Giving: A Complete Guide

Roommate Gift-Giving: A Complete Guide

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This post by Alex, first published in December 2012, has everything you need to know about successful roommate gift exchanges. Here at My First Apartment we love the holiday season – it’s a time to get  together with old friends,  it’s a time to reflect upon the year gone by, and it’s also a time…
How to Plan a Perfect Friendsgiving Party
How to Plan a Perfect Friendsgiving Party

How to Plan a Perfect Friendsgiving Party

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With Thanksgiving just two weeks away, maybe you also want to celebrate with your peeps before heading home to your family. For the past year you’ve been living in your own home and your friends and roommates make up your day-to-day world and you want to honor that. So here’s what you do: host a…
How Much Should You Budget for Apartment Utilities?
How Much Should You Budget for Apartment Utilities?

How Much Should You Budget for Apartment Utilities?

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This post was originally published in August 2012 and has been a reader favorite since. It has been updated with our 2015 and 2016 utility cost survey results. To find out what our readers actually paid for utilities in July 2015, check out these results of our online survey.  Our January 2016 utility survey results…
Saving for First Apartment: How Much Money Do You Need to Move Out?
Saving for First Apartment: How Much Money Do You Need to Move Out?

Saving for First Apartment: How Much Money Do You Need to Move Out?

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This post was originally published in September 2013 and has been updated here for 2016. Check out the comments to the original post for some detailed examples on how to calculate your savings target. For many of our readers, moving into their own apartment is the ultimate goal. You want a place of your own,…
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

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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…