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Should You Rent-to-Own or Just Rent? Pros and Cons
Should You Rent-to-Own or Just Rent? Pros and Cons

Should You Rent-to-Own or Just Rent? Pros and Cons

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
To some people eager to own their first apartment, it may seem like there’s no easy purchase option without putting down cash or getting a mortgage. Rent-to-own apartments offer a solution. At the end of an apartment rental lease, the tenant has the option to buy the apartment for a predetermined price fixed in the…
Here’s Your Ultimate First Apartment Utility Budgeting Checklist
Here’s Your Ultimate First Apartment Utility Budgeting Checklist

Here’s Your Ultimate First Apartment Utility Budgeting Checklist

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Winter has already arrived in most of the U.S. That means increased utility bills as you try to keep your apartment properly warm while the temperature outside dips below freezing. If you’re living on a budget, this bump in utility bills might cause you some stress, but with this ultimate first apartment utility budgeting checklist,…
How To Prepare to Buy an Apartment in 2020
How To Prepare to Buy an Apartment in 2020

How To Prepare to Buy an Apartment in 2020

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
As 2019 winds down, you might be thinking about your living situation for 2020 (especially if your lease winds down sooner than later). If you’re a New Year’s resolution type, you might even be thinking about major life changes you can make not just for the next year, but for the start of a new…
How to Host a Holiday Dinner in Your First Apartment
How to Host a Holiday Dinner in Your First Apartment

How to Host a Holiday Dinner in Your First Apartment

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
One of the joys of living alone is, well, being alone. You get to choose when to have people over, and all your living space is just yours, nobody else’s. So when you’re having a bunch of people over for a holiday dinner in your apartment, preparing for the big night can feel a bit…
How to Decorate Your First Apartment for Christmas
How to Decorate Your First Apartment for Christmas

How to Decorate Your First Apartment for Christmas

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If you grew up in a home that celebrated Christmas, you likely have memories of waking up on Christmas morning and finding your neatly wrapped presents awaiting you under your Christmas tree. As an adult living in your first apartment, fitting a proper Christmas tree in your home is much more challenging. If you’re living…
Five Ways to Save on Your Winter Heating Bill
Five Ways to Save on Your Winter Heating Bill

Five Ways to Save on Your Winter Heating Bill

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
When it’s cold out, few things compare to the rush of warmth that passes through you as you step into your apartment from the outside world. Keeping your apartment’s temperature bearable tends to get a bit pricey, but if you cherish warmth, you’re likely OK with your winter utility costs going up just a bit.…
What Is Co-Living?
What Is Co-Living?

What Is Co-Living?

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You’ve heard of sharing an apartment with roommates – if you’re like many Americans, you’ve almost certainly done so at some point in your life. Now, get ready for what is gradually becoming a new setup for sharing apartments with other people: co-living. As you might have guessed from the fact that “co-living” is its…
Store Brands Vs. Brand Names: Which Is Really Cheaper?
Store Brands Vs. Brand Names: Which Is Really Cheaper?

Store Brands Vs. Brand Names: Which Is Really Cheaper?

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As you walk the aisles of a supermarket or drugstore, you’ll see a handful of different brands selling similar products. Whether you’re buying frozen vegetables, contact solution, or cleaning supplies, you’ll have the option to purchase your product from whichever brand you like best. Or maybe you’re looking to buy the least expensive option possible,…
Your Ultimate First Home Office Checklist
Your Ultimate First Home Office Checklist

Your Ultimate First Home Office Checklist

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If all you need to get your job done is a laptop and internet access, then you can work from pretty much anywhere, including home. As of just over a year ago, five percent of Americans – roughly 16,000,000 people – work from home. Since commuting can be a huge burden, as can lacking control…
What Is a Guarantor?
What Is a Guarantor?

What Is a Guarantor?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Even if you’re mentally ready to move into your first apartment, you might not be financially ready. In some parts of the country, it’s common practice for landlords to require that your yearly income be 40 times the monthly rent, limiting your available options (or forcing you to split your rent with roommates). That’s why…