Budgeting

Grocery Coupons and Sales: Are You Really Saving Money?
Grocery Coupons and Sales: Are You Really Saving Money?

Grocery Coupons and Sales: Are You Really Saving Money?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Shopping sales and using coupons are a great ways to save money, but only if you’re using them the right way. If you’re not, they can actually end up costing you a lot more. This is especially true if you are just learning to shop for one person. The tips here are focuses on grocery…
How Meal Prep Can Save You Serious $$$
How Meal Prep Can Save You Serious $$$

How Meal Prep Can Save You Serious $$$

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Saving up for a big vacation? Saving to move out? Saving for a new car? Unfortunately, money doesn’t exactly grow on trees. But, what if I told you that you have more money than you ever imagined? The key to unlock some extra cash? MEAL PREP!  Now, I know you’ve heard about meal prep from…
Budgeting Boot Camp: Printable Apartment Budgeting Worksheet
Budgeting Boot Camp: Printable Apartment Budgeting Worksheet

Budgeting Boot Camp: Printable Apartment Budgeting Worksheet

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Our Budgeting Boot Camp continues. We are getting a high volume of comments from our readers to our budgeting-related posts Rent Calculator, How Much Rent Can I Afford on My Hourly Pay, How Much Money Do You Need to Save to Move Out, and others, asking for help with estimating first apartment living expenses. In…
Help! My Roommate is A Bad Money Manager
Help! My Roommate is A Bad Money Manager

Help! My Roommate is A Bad Money Manager

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
We all know that person…the one who just seems to be a terrible money manager! From over-spending to under-saving, this friend is the one always scrambling to make ends meet because they simply spend money they don’t have. The situation is much worse when this friend is also your roommate! What to do when your…
How to Turn Into a Penny Pinching Millennial
How to Turn Into a Penny Pinching Millennial

How to Turn Into a Penny Pinching Millennial

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Being at the forefront of adulthood is a tricky phase to manage. We are looking for a new job, trying to navigate the world outside the college cocoon, and calculating how we could ever afford to leave our parents’ house. We may feel just lost for a while but slowly we all catch up, start…
New Research On The Best Way To Pay Off Credit Card Debt
New Research On The Best Way To Pay Off Credit Card Debt

New Research On The Best Way To Pay Off Credit Card Debt

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Paying off credit card debt is hard at the best of times, let alone while paying rent in an unsteady economy. Researchers from the Harvard Business Review have been conducting studies to find the quickest, most effective way to pay off credit card debt and the answers may surprise you. Here’s what they have found…
5 Apps To Help You Furnish For Cheap With Online Yard Sales
5 Apps To Help You Furnish For Cheap With Online Yard Sales

5 Apps To Help You Furnish For Cheap With Online Yard Sales

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Do you remember waking up early on Saturday mornings, to go loot through other people’s knick-knacks with your Aunt Suze or your Granny K? If so, you might remember garage sales and yard sales as unsorted, slightly-dirty collections of used tube socks; squirrel candles with their heads burned off; cross-stitch samplers from deceased elderly relatives;…
First Apartment Budgeting Boot Camp: Couples
First Apartment Budgeting Boot Camp: Couples

First Apartment Budgeting Boot Camp: Couples

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
As promised last week, this is the couples week at the first apartment budgeting boot camp. We’ll try to figure out answers to Rachel’s, Celeste’s and Jimmy’s questions. Rachael Rachael asks: “Do you think $810 would be too much rent for my boyfriend and I together?” See Rachael’s question as a comment to http://www.myfirstapartment.com/2012/08/how-much-should-you-plan-for-utilities/this post.…