Author My First Apartment
Alissa

I've lived in apartments in 6 cities (including 2 foreign countries). Does that make me an expert? As of now, my ceiling isn't leaking and I don't have rodents (knock on wood) -- so I'm going to say yes . . . but ask me again tomorrow:) These days, I'm enjoying life Chicago style, but my years in Brooklyn are never far from my mind. P.S. By day I work at Cars.com, but these opinions are totally, 100% my own.
Credit Score Traps – And How to Avoid Them
Credit Score Traps – And How to Avoid Them

Credit Score Traps – And How to Avoid Them

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What can affect your credit score? You may be surprised.  Of course, delinquent payments ding it, but even if you have been a completely reliable consumer and paid every single bill,  there are still other traps that can adversely affect your credit score. Alex and I learned this when we recently decided to look for a condo and…
Reader Tips: Turn Your Apartment Into A Home
Reader Tips: Turn Your Apartment Into A Home

Reader Tips: Turn Your Apartment Into A Home

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A couple of  weeks ago, we ran a post calling for reader tips for how to make your first apartment feel like a home. We got some GEM advice. To make sure you saw all the great tips, we wanted to compile them into a fresh post – highlighting some of the key themes we saw:…
Savvy Financial Tips: How You Should Budget For Rent
Savvy Financial Tips: How You Should Budget For Rent

Savvy Financial Tips: How You Should Budget For Rent

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We’re back with our second installment of tips from the folks at Apartment Guide, this time with your wallet in mind. Check out our first installment here, designed to make your home feel warm and cozy – not to mention reward a lucky commenter with $50 for sharing a tip for how to best turn an…
Win $50: How To Make Your Apartment Feel More Like Home
Win $50: How To Make Your Apartment Feel More Like Home

Win $50: How To Make Your Apartment Feel More Like Home

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Congratulations to Catt, our lucky winner of the $50 AmEx gift certificate and thanks to all who shared  great tips for making their new apartment into a home! As we approach September, we hope you’ve been successful in your summer rental search. Knowing what a HUGE month September is for moving, we wanted to share…
Does Renter’s Insurance Really Work? YES!
Does Renter’s Insurance Really Work? YES!

Does Renter’s Insurance Really Work? YES!

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As MFA is a site dedicated to apartment rentals, we endorse renter’s insurance because: 1) It seems like a smart idea to insure your stuff against the unthinkable and 2) It’s SUPER inexpensive for the value it brings (Alex and I have been paying around $150/year for up to $20,000 of coverage). In this post,…
Apt Security Advice from the Recently Robbed
Apt Security Advice from the Recently Robbed

Apt Security Advice from the Recently Robbed

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As I wrote last week, Alex and I were recently burgled. It was. . . unenjoyable. But, we did learn some important tips from the Chicago PD. They arrived about two hours after we called and by then we’d gone through the apartment moving items, unaware they would want to dust for prints. Hopefully, you’ll…
What It Feels Like To Be Robbed
What It Feels Like To Be Robbed

What It Feels Like To Be Robbed

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Last Sunday we were newlyweds, recently returned from a gorgeous honeymoon in Greece. My husband, Alex, who often blogs for MFA (and even recently blogged about first apartment safety!) would end the day by laughing and throwing a pillow at me saying in a deep baritone, “The Honeymoon is OVER!!” We were wrapped in a…
Is Cable TV Worth the Cost? Review of Alternatives to Cable and Roku GIVEAWAY!
Is Cable TV Worth the Cost? Review of Alternatives to Cable and Roku GIVEAWAY!

Is Cable TV Worth the Cost? Review of Alternatives to Cable and Roku GIVEAWAY!

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  Our ROKU  GIVEAWAY’s randomly selected winner is Nicole Vosburgh whose money saving tip was to research and plan before you buy anything. Congratulations to Nicole and thanks to all participants for great tips! After you finish your apartment search, pay the movers, and start unpacking, gosh knows you’ll be looking to kick back on the…
Sodastream Review & Giveaway: Make Soda At Home!
Sodastream Review & Giveaway: Make Soda At Home!

Sodastream Review & Giveaway: Make Soda At Home!

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CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR GIVEAWAY WINNER GINA M MADDOX. THANKS TO ALL PARTICIPANTS FOR GREAT COMMENTS AND POST IDEAS! We’re always searching for great new products to help make apartment living just a touch easier, what with all the walkups and tiny spaces where we dwell. Recently, we came across the Jet Sodastream – a rad…