Budgeting

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.…
First Apartment Budgeting Boot Camp: Brit and Billy
First Apartment Budgeting Boot Camp: Brit and Billy

First Apartment Budgeting Boot Camp: Brit and Billy

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Your first apartment budgeting boot camp continues. Today we look at two real life examples, based on questions we have received from two of our readers, Brit and Billy. (Next week’s lesson will cover apartment budgeting when you are moving in with your significant other.) Brit: “Hi there, I’m also looking to move out of…
First Apartment Budgeting Boot Camp – Formulas and Guidelines
First Apartment Budgeting Boot Camp – Formulas and Guidelines

First Apartment Budgeting Boot Camp – Formulas and Guidelines

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Moving into your first apartment is a big learning experience in so many ways: How to deal with landlords? How to keep your place clean? How to manage to cook and eat a healthy diet? However, for most first time renters the biggest learning hurdle is how to manage all the new expenses. For the…
Upgrades That Aren’t Worth The Cash in a Rental
Upgrades That Aren’t Worth The Cash in a Rental

Upgrades That Aren’t Worth The Cash in a Rental

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Many apartments will try to catch your attention with fancy upgrades or add-on’s that tack on serious cost to your monthly rent payment. Some of them may be worth it…but some upgrades simply aren’t worth the cash. If you’re on a serious budget during your apartment hunt, check out the common upgrades below, and keep an…
More Ways to Save on Eating In and Out
More Ways to Save on Eating In and Out

More Ways to Save on Eating In and Out

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
One of the first things I noticed about living in my own place is that food expenses can really add up if you let them. At first, I didn’t pay much attention to where I spent my money, instead just watched for my bottom line at the end of each month. However, looking a little…
5 Tips to Save Money for Moving Out
5 Tips to Save Money for Moving Out

5 Tips to Save Money for Moving Out

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
When you’re on the hunt for your first place, a HUGE thing to remember is that you need to have about 3 TIMES your expected rent ready to go. This money goes towards paying a security deposit equal to (at least) one month’s rent, your first month’s rent due on signing of the lease, plus…
7 Simple Ways to Reduce Your Utility Costs
7 Simple Ways to Reduce Your Utility Costs

7 Simple Ways to Reduce Your Utility Costs

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
No matter the type of apartment you live in – whether it’s brand new and energy efficient or decades old with unsealed door frames and windows – there are always ways to help reduce your utility costs. As a renter, you can’t make big changes to your apartment like updating windows or plumbing and electrical,…
Saving for Vacation When You Are “Rent Poor”
Saving for Vacation When You Are “Rent Poor”

Saving for Vacation When You Are “Rent Poor”

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Many of us have dreams of traveling the world while we are young and have our whole lives ahead of us. But if you are living on a budget in an expensive city, most of your income may be devoted to rent, utilities, paying off student loans, and everyday living expenses. How can you afford…
New Year’s Resolutions You Can Actually Keep
New Year’s Resolutions You Can Actually Keep

New Year’s Resolutions You Can Actually Keep

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
These simple money tips by Alex, originally published three years ago, will give your 2017 a great start. Maybe last year’s resolution to hit the gym and drop 10 pounds didn’t work out so well, nor did that plan to write a best seller. Perhaps you were over-reaching a bit. Luckily, a new year means new beginnings and…