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The Holiday Tipping Experiment
The Holiday Tipping Experiment

The Holiday Tipping Experiment

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
In years previous, I’ve written about holiday tipping.  If you’re looking for that article, about suggested tipping amounts, check out my recent article called Holiday Tip 2009 . As a preview — your hair stylist might be expecting as much as $20! The topic was first proposed by my editor and I was a bit baffled…
Easy First Apartment Last-Minute Thanksgiving Dinner Party
Easy First Apartment Last-Minute Thanksgiving Dinner Party

Easy First Apartment Last-Minute Thanksgiving Dinner Party

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
First Thanksgiving away from home and the budget does not allow you to go “over the river and through the woods” to grandma’s house.  Instead of getting depressed and crying into your sushi  dinner after a lonely movie, throw your own Thanksgiving dinner party and hardly dip into your personal finances.  The menu planning is…
7 Items to Keep You Warm When the Radiator Stays Cold
7 Items to Keep You Warm When the Radiator Stays Cold

7 Items to Keep You Warm When the Radiator Stays Cold

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Remember last winter, when banging at the cold radiator sounded like a rocking drumbeat but still didn’t bring any heat?  This year, don’t depend on the radiator gods — be prepared with a few inexpensive items that’ll help make you get warm fast, no matter how cold your apt is. A Hot Water Bottle Stays Toasty…
5 Flights or Staying on Budget and in Shape
5 Flights or Staying on Budget and in Shape

5 Flights or Staying on Budget and in Shape

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Our blogger Elyse shares her exercise secrets. 5 Flights: Staying on Budget and in Shape When you’re living on your own for the first time, it’s probably safe to say you don’t really have the money to spare on a gym membership. (Especially if you live in New York City.) When I first moved in…
The Fifth Floor Girls and the Second Floor Guys.
The Fifth Floor Girls and the Second Floor Guys.

The Fifth Floor Girls and the Second Floor Guys.

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Our guest blogger Elyse learns why it pays to be friendly with your neighbors. The Fifth Floor Girls and the Second Floor Guys. We moved in on the same day as our second floor neighbors. They were three guys, we were three girls and we were close enough in age to comfortably mix socially. They…
How to Plan a Week of Healthy Meals for $60
How to Plan a Week of Healthy Meals for $60

How to Plan a Week of Healthy Meals for $60

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Our guest blogger Elyse is an NYU student who just recently managed to free herself from the college dormitory system. Me and My Grocery List The one thing I never understood in college was how quickly people abandoned their meal plans. Why would a person choose to cook meals, wash dishes and, the worst part of…
Altec Lansing Speakers Review/Giveaway
Altec Lansing Speakers Review/Giveaway

Altec Lansing Speakers Review/Giveaway

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
The Giveaway is closed. The winners will be announced on Monday. Often, we’re asked what kind of “stuff” we’d recommend for apartments.  Kitchen Stuff. Living Room Stuff. Bedroom and Bathroom and beyond.  So, while there are certain items I know well and can heartily recommend (hello, husband pillow!), I thought it might be nice for us to…
More Reasons Why You Should Get Curtains
More Reasons Why You Should Get Curtains

More Reasons Why You Should Get Curtains

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Our guest blogger Elyse is an NYU student who just recently managed to free herself from the college dormitory system. The Importance of Curtains When my roommates and I first found our apartment one of my personal favorite features was the gigantic, and I mean gigantic, windows in every room. As a film major/“photographer” and…
How To Deal With Bad Landlords
How To Deal With Bad Landlords

How To Deal With Bad Landlords

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Our guest blogger Russell works for Response Mine Interactive, an internet marketing company in Atlanta, GA.  He has dealt with bad landlords for the past three years, and has filed a lawsuit against one.  Currently he is working on a client specializing in furniture. Dealing with Bad Landlords So,  you’re out of your parents’ house…
Sarah Says Neighbors Are Friends Not Foes
Sarah Says Neighbors Are Friends Not Foes

Sarah Says Neighbors Are Friends Not Foes

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Today’s guest blogger is Sarah whose first apartment is in the outskirts of St. Louis. She’s a recent college graduate and just started her first job as the Assistant Resident Director of off-campus housing! Neighbors are friends not foes Whether you have that loud jazzercising neighbor above or chain smoker neighbor to the side, it is time…