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.
When Is the Best Time to Apartment Hunt?
When Is the Best Time to Apartment Hunt?

When Is the Best Time to Apartment Hunt?

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You may be surprised to learn that, like most shopping ventures, there are better and worse times to go apartment hunting. And. . . like most monetary expeditions, supply and demand has a very large part to play. Check out our calendar of rental months below and the pro/cons to having your lease begin with…
Laundry In Your Apt: Meet the Laundry Pod
Laundry In Your Apt: Meet the Laundry Pod

Laundry In Your Apt: Meet the Laundry Pod

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Sometimes here at MFA, we get some really neat opportunities. Like, being among the first to learn about cool new products to make your apartment living easier. One of the recent items sent our way was the Laundry Pod  – which is essentially a large salad spinner for clothes. It was designed by a mom…
Holiday Tipping 2011: Infographic Style
Holiday Tipping 2011: Infographic Style

Holiday Tipping 2011: Infographic Style

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In years’ past, we’ve covered the mysterious, occasionally awkward subject of holiday tipping – how much and to whom.  In fact, we have an entire section within our blog about the holidays and how to make it through them happy and unscathed:) Last year, I tipped my coffee cart guy (I don’t have a super etc)…
Apartment Safety Tips: Holiday Travel Edition
Apartment Safety Tips: Holiday Travel Edition

Apartment Safety Tips: Holiday Travel Edition

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With the holidays just around the corner, it’s no surprise that many folks will be travelling – especially those living away from home for the first time. I still remember the relief that first year going home for Thanksgiving  – and the equal relief upon opening the door to my apartment afterwards. I also remember…
Announcing Our *$100 Giveaway* Winner
Announcing Our *$100 Giveaway* Winner

Announcing Our *$100 Giveaway* Winner

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Hi, it’s Alex again, Alissa’s boyfriend. True to form, we’re ready to announce the winner of our $100 Giveaway. But first, a reminder of the rules as desribed in  this post from Sept. 26.  All entrants were to describe in the comments section their most recent apartment transformation and for their entry to be valid, they…
Our Tailgating Party Tips & $100 Gift Card Still Up For Grabs
Our Tailgating Party Tips & $100 Gift Card Still Up For Grabs

Our Tailgating Party Tips & $100 Gift Card Still Up For Grabs

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Hi guys, it’s Alex again, Alissa’s boyfriend. As you may remember, I hosted a tailgate-at-home party event this past weekend, only a month after having moved cross-country. The event was sponsored by Apartment Guide (see disclosure below), which has a whole host of information about maximizing your apartment space, and gussying up your apartment for your…
Get Your Apartment Party-Ready and Enter a *$100 Giveaway* Challenge
Get Your Apartment Party-Ready and Enter a *$100 Giveaway* Challenge

Get Your Apartment Party-Ready and Enter a *$100 Giveaway* Challenge

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Hello, it’s Alex again – Alissa’s boyfriend. As you may remember from last week, we just moved cross-country. Now we’ve gotten a challenge from Apartment Guide, to host a Tailgating at Home party next week! This is no small task. We’ve gotten the apartment live-able, but frankly, it’s still a mess – we’ve only been here…
Renting A Moving Truck – And Moving Cross-Country!
Renting A Moving Truck – And Moving Cross-Country!

Renting A Moving Truck – And Moving Cross-Country!

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Hi, I’m Alex, Alissa’s boyfriend. As regular readers to this site know, Alissa (and I) just completed a cross-country move from hipster-y Brooklyn to frat-y Chicago. The move went well – thanks for asking! But I’m sure what you’re really interested in are tips on how to do it. First: take a deep breath. Moving…
WIN – A Free T-Shirt By Sharing Your Apartment Hunting Tips!
WIN – A Free T-Shirt By Sharing Your Apartment Hunting Tips!

WIN – A Free T-Shirt By Sharing Your Apartment Hunting Tips!

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Apartment hunting can be the total worst – we know. So, we wanted to offer you a lil’ pick-me-up – in the form of a free coolness. . . Specifically, a rad new t-shirt from Scared Panda, a t-shirt shop that specializes in shirts that reflect the different communities the founders have lived in and experienced. The t-shirts are…
20 Tips for Surviving New York City on a Budget
20 Tips for Surviving New York City on a Budget

20 Tips for Surviving New York City on a Budget

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Maybe you saw last week’s semi-sappy post about leaving NYC. Well, this week I thought it might be more helpful to share some of my NYC honest-to-goodness learnings. 1) Use a broker when searching for apartments. It’s more $, but you’ll get a better deal on the month-to-month rent plus a better place in the…