Budgeting

Five Ways to Budget Better This April
Five Ways to Budget Better This April

Five Ways to Budget Better This April

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Spring is here, and the warmer weather might make you feel more inclined to go outside and spend more money. If you’re experiencing a large increase in your spending as sunny days get longer, now is the right time to budget better so you can stay on top of rent, utilities, and all your other…
Sustainable Living: How To Use Less Energy in Your Apartment (and Save Money)
Sustainable Living: How To Use Less Energy in Your Apartment (and Save Money)

Sustainable Living: How To Use Less Energy in Your Apartment (and Save Money)

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
In our Sustainable Living series, we look at how tenants and homeowners are changing their apartments to be more sustainable. Lower utility bills are a good reason to use less energy, but that’s not all – less energy usage is also good for the environment. However, since so many appliances rely on electricity, it might…
Ready to Buy Your First Apartment? Here’s What You Can Afford
Ready to Buy Your First Apartment? Here’s What You Can Afford

Ready to Buy Your First Apartment? Here’s What You Can Afford

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
According to a recent study, 32.6% of Americans rent their homes, whereas 67.4% of American adults own their homes. These numbers reflect that homeownership has been increasing over the past few years, especially outside metropolitan areas and in the Midwest.  If you want to become a homeowner but don’t want to commit to a full…
How to Find Roommates During COVID-19
How to Find Roommates During COVID-19

How to Find Roommates During COVID-19

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed many aspects of apartment life, such as moving and possibly living with a sick roommate. The pandemic can also make finding new roommates more difficult because you’ll have to navigate COVID-19 safety precautions while apartment hunting, and you’ll have to choose a roommate who will do the same. And you’ll…
Here’s Which Kitchen Tools You Can (and Can’t) Buy Secondhand
Here’s Which Kitchen Tools You Can (and Can’t) Buy Secondhand

Here’s Which Kitchen Tools You Can (and Can’t) Buy Secondhand

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
To many apartment dwellers, apartment life means serious budgeting. Furniture, cookware, and other household items can be expensive, so you may want to buy some things secondhand. However, that’s not always the smartest move. Below, learn which kitchen tools you can and can’t buy secondhand. Why buy secondhand? When you’re buying used kitchenware, you’ll pay…
How to Apply for Apartments if Your Income Changes
How to Apply for Apartments if Your Income Changes

How to Apply for Apartments if Your Income Changes

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
If your income has drastically changed, you may have to move to a more affordable apartment. However, when applying to rent an apartment, you will usually need to show your income to prove that you can afford the rent. Given this obstacle, how can you relocate with a significant decrease in your budget? Here are…
Why Are Meal Kits So Popular With Apartment Dwellers?
Why Are Meal Kits So Popular With Apartment Dwellers?

Why Are Meal Kits So Popular With Apartment Dwellers?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Over the past few years, meal kits have become increasingly popular with apartment dwellers. According to one study, millennials are the top generation buying these meal delivery and preparation services (and using the Internet for cooking advice). Here’s what meal kits are and why they’re so popular with apartment dwellers. What are meal kits? Meal…
Sustainable Living: How To Use Less Water to Wash Dishes
Sustainable Living: How To Use Less Water to Wash Dishes

Sustainable Living: How To Use Less Water to Wash Dishes

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
In our Sustainable Living series, we look at how tenants and homeowners are changing their apartments to be more sustainable. It can be easy to use more water than you need when you have unlimited water access, but you can always minimize unnecessary water usage in your apartment – and that’s the eco-friendly thing to…
What Is Net Effective Rent?
What Is Net Effective Rent?

What Is Net Effective Rent?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
If you are currently searching for a new apartment, it’s possible to come across listings that offer a month or two of free rent. While it may be exciting to see discounted rent, you should be aware of the potential long-term consequences of short-term cheaper rent. Below, learn all about discounted apartment rent, often called…
Four Easy Summer Meals That Fit Your Grocery Budget
Four Easy Summer Meals That Fit Your Grocery Budget

Four Easy Summer Meals That Fit Your Grocery Budget

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Everyone has recurring fixed expenses in their budget, especially first-time apartment dwellers learning to balance life costs. Among these costs, keeping track of food can be tricky. It’s tempting to save time and order delivery or takeout, but that’s always more expensive than using your groceries to make a home-cooked meal. Yes, food is a…