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How to Throw an Easy Last-Minute Thanksgiving Dinner Party
How to Throw an Easy Last-Minute Thanksgiving Dinner Party

How to Throw an Easy Last-Minute Thanksgiving Dinner Party

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
It’s your first Thanksgiving away from your family and the budget does not allow you to go home. Instead of getting depressed and crying into your sushi dinner after a lonely movie, throw your own last-minute Thanksgiving dinner party. The menu planning is a breeze, and by now it’s a truly casual invite so nobody…
BLOGGERS WANTED!
BLOGGERS WANTED!

BLOGGERS WANTED!

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
We are again looking to add new bloggers to our team. Apartment Hunter Blogger: You are just starting to look for your first apartment and want to share the experience with our 250,000+ monthly readers.  You may be a 2016 new graduate about to move into your first place, or you may have been living with two older roommates…
How Much Rent Can I Afford on My Hourly Pay?
How Much Rent Can I Afford on My Hourly Pay?

How Much Rent Can I Afford on My Hourly Pay?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
2017 Update: You can download our new Printable Apartment Budgeting Worksheet and use it to estimate your rent and budget for all your expenses. The basic target rent formula that landlord’s use is annual before-tax income divided by 40. When you are on a straight salary estimating the number is easy. However, if your are…
International Student’s Guide to Finding Housing in the U. S.
International Student’s Guide to Finding Housing in the U. S.

International Student’s Guide to Finding Housing in the U. S.

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
While this student’s guide to finding housing, originally published in May 2015, is directed at international students, it offers good tips for anyone looking for off-campus housing long distance. You have just received your acceptance letter from your dream university in the United States and as you are celebrating with family and friends, someone asks…
10 Easy Ways To Decorate & Organize (With NO Nail Holes)
10 Easy Ways To Decorate & Organize (With NO Nail Holes)

10 Easy Ways To Decorate & Organize (With NO Nail Holes)

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
This post by our organizing expert, Monica Ricci, had been a reader favorite since 2014. As a certified professional organizer, I’ve been in thousands of homes and apartments helping my clients take back control of their lives. One theme that always shows up in my work is my advice to look for as many ways…
3 Simple Rules for BF/GF Visits When You Have a Roommate
3 Simple Rules for BF/GF Visits When You Have a Roommate

3 Simple Rules for BF/GF Visits When You Have a Roommate

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
This post by Katherine, originally published in May 2012, has saved many roommate relationships from turning into ugly war zones because of BF/GF visits — like the ones described in the comments to “How to Tell Your Roommate His Girlfriend Is a Problem”! There are three issues that can turn a roommate relationship ugly:  splitting…
Happy 4th of July!
Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July!

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Happy 4th of July! We are going on vacation and for the next week we’ll be re-running some of our readers’ favorite posts from My First Apartment’s archives. Let us know if we missed one of your favorites.  
7 Point Apartment Security Checklist
7 Point Apartment Security Checklist

7 Point Apartment Security Checklist

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Moving into your own place is so exciting that apartment security may be the last thing on your mind. Unfortunately, bad things can happen even in best places. Luckily, you can minimize the chances that they happen to you by taking a few simple safety measures. For your additional peace of mind, make sure to…
10 Point Apartment Walk-Through Checklist
10 Point Apartment Walk-Through Checklist

10 Point Apartment Walk-Through Checklist

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Before you move in, you should conduct a walk-through of your apartment with the landlord or his representative present. During this walk-through, you should note and take pictures, if appropriate, of all problem areas you discover. The items on this list are all things that should be taken care of by the landlord, with no…