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.
How to Make your Bathroom So Clean it Sings
How to Make your Bathroom So Clean it Sings

How to Make your Bathroom So Clean it Sings

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I’m having a house guest this week and as I walked around my house, I couldn’t help but notice…yuck. The bathroom was down right gnarly. There was that yucky bathroom dust over toilet, sink, tub and the like. I know that cleaning once a day takes about five minutes and that’ll let you avoids the…
Your Roommate Can Now Text You Their Share Of the Rent With Venmo
Your Roommate Can Now Text You Their Share Of the Rent With Venmo

Your Roommate Can Now Text You Their Share Of the Rent With Venmo

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Say goodbye to passive aggressive notes on the fridge reminding roomates that you need their share of the rent. With Venmo, you can take the money directly from their savings account as long as they “trust you.” What is Venmo? It’s a cellphone app that lets you send and receive money from friends, without all…
Should you be building a . . . first apartment dowry?
Should you be building a . . . first apartment dowry?

Should you be building a . . . first apartment dowry?

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I was talking with a good friend last night who happens to be from Botswana. I met him while studying abroad in Ireland, where he’d been studying to be a doctor for the 3 years already at this point. He has a solid British accent and was fluent in English — to the point that…
It’d be Sharp Thinking to Buy a Solid Pair of Knives for Your Apt!
It’d be Sharp Thinking to Buy a Solid Pair of Knives for Your Apt!

It’d be Sharp Thinking to Buy a Solid Pair of Knives for Your Apt!

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No, I’m not some psycho killer. I just know knives are the key to successfully cooking at home. And, considering my last credit card bill — that’s definitely something I need to start doing more of! Plus, I tend to like my digits and don’t want to lose one due to a dull knife –…
Should Your Personality Type Dictate Your Neighborhood?
Should Your Personality Type Dictate Your Neighborhood?

Should Your Personality Type Dictate Your Neighborhood?

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Kinda a weird question, I know. But whatever city you live in — if it’s big enough to have neighborhoods, it’s big enough to have neighborhood stereotypes. If you’re in Boston, Davis Square is funky/crunchy with a side of college students. If you’re in Chicago, Wrigleyville is full of drunk cubs fans, great happy hour…
When Dealing with Sublets, Get Everything in Writing
When Dealing with Sublets, Get Everything in Writing

When Dealing with Sublets, Get Everything in Writing

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Solid communications skills are important in all areas of life — but especially so when trying to close any sort of deal that’s open to negotiation. Living in the U.S., with fixed price department stores, there aren’t a ton of learning opportunities. You can’t exactly go into Best Buy and try to bargain down that…
Stay Warm …and Frugal!
Stay Warm …and Frugal!

Stay Warm …and Frugal!

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Brrr Honey, it’s cold outside! And inside! Not to worry, there are ways to avoid the deep freeze in your apartment. The first consideration of course is $$. Heat is sometimes included in rent by law and sometimes not. What’s the deal with that? Well, it has to do with the way the heat is…
10 more things you’ll NEED for your first apartment
10 more things you’ll NEED for your first apartment

10 more things you’ll NEED for your first apartment

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When outfitting your first abode, you can leave the bean bag at home – but remember to bring along/buy these important items. This bit of extra planning will make your life wayyy easier later on as there are a few scrapes everyone finds themselves in. Actually, on second thought, keep the bean bag – too…
New York City Neighborhood Guide
New York City Neighborhood Guide

New York City Neighborhood Guide

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One of our readers wrote in last week letting us know that one of our links was broken (thanks!). Alas, the link was to a great source of info about NYC neighborhoods and so now she feels rather left in the lurch. Well, let me first do a bit of self-advertising and let you all…