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Apartment Downsizing? Here’s How.
Apartment Downsizing? Here’s How.

Apartment Downsizing? Here’s How.

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Not too long ago I brought you the benefits of apartment downsizing, but now that I’m personally in the midst of trying to figure out how to take my spacious one bedroom apartment and turn it into a manageable living space in the upstairs area of my boyfriend’s mom’s house I know the frustration that…
How to Keep Track of Your Monthly Expenses
How to Keep Track of Your Monthly Expenses

How to Keep Track of Your Monthly Expenses

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Our fellow blogger Alex just wrote a post about all the expenses us as apartment renters should be aware of. Every expense he listed rings true, no matter what your situation is. So the question now is, how do you keep track of them all? How can you continue to pay your bills and fund your…
First Apartment Budgeting Basics: Your Monthly Expenses Checklist
First Apartment Budgeting Basics: Your Monthly Expenses Checklist

First Apartment Budgeting Basics: Your Monthly Expenses Checklist

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
You’ve signed the lease and you have a move-in date. You know how much rent you can afford. But what are your expenses once you move in? Let’s break it down. First, there’s the moving. This is a one-time expense, but it can be a big one. You need to decide whether you’re using movers…
Dorm vs. Off-Campus Apartment: 4 Things You Need to Consider
Dorm vs. Off-Campus Apartment: 4 Things You Need to Consider

Dorm vs. Off-Campus Apartment: 4 Things You Need to Consider

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Should you stay in an on-campus dormitory or find your own space in an off-campus apartment? Here are four things to consider as you make this decision. Monthly Rent Payments vs. Semester Dorm Fees Renting an off-campus small apartment or roommate share is often cheaper than the price of a dorm room. Also, colleges typically…
Things You Need For Your First Apartment: The Ultimate Checklist
Things You Need For Your First Apartment: The Ultimate Checklist

Things You Need For Your First Apartment: The Ultimate Checklist

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
You found an apartment, you signed the lease, you wrote the check. Congrats, you’re now all ready to move into your first apartment! Except, wait a minute, you’re not. You need things to put in the apartment. And what, exactly, do you need? Here’s a handy checklist of things you’ll need (or at least want,…
Super-Budget Decorating Tips From the Pros
Super-Budget Decorating Tips From the Pros

Super-Budget Decorating Tips From the Pros

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
So you’ve found an apartment and you have the basic necessities of everyday life: things to sleep on, eat on, sit on … and so on. Everything seems to be in place. But as you look around your new abode, perhaps it feels a bit … unfinished. Spare. There’s stuff, but no personality to it.…
5 How-To’s Every First Time Apartment Hunter Should Know
5 How-To’s Every First Time Apartment Hunter Should Know

5 How-To’s Every First Time Apartment Hunter Should Know

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
1. How to Research a Neighborhood Neighborhoods are important, but choosing the best one has a lot to do with your personality and finances, and it’s hard to truly know until you move whether you’ve made the right choice. Growing to love a city takes nine months to a year, so as long as you…
Katherine Picks Up Her Furniture Essentials for under $1,000
Katherine Picks Up Her Furniture Essentials for under $1,000

Katherine Picks Up Her Furniture Essentials for under $1,000

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
 Our blogger Katherine has chronicled the ups and downs of her apartment search, and now shares how she’s furnished  the basics for less than $1,000.  FURNISHING YOUR FIRST APARTMENT: DREAM OR NIGHTMARE? by Katherine So I’ve recently found my first real-live apartment and my roommate and I have found ourselves in that predicament that newlyweds usually face:…
How much do I need to save before moving?
How much do I need to save before moving?

How much do I need to save before moving?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
We get asked this question a lot, so here’s a repeat of a post from last year. When you are planning to move out on your own you’ll need be able to cover three types of expenses: 1.) your monthly rent and utilities and 2.) all upfront fees and moving costs and 3.) furnishing your…
The Budget (a.k.a. All Hail IKEA)
The Budget (a.k.a. All Hail IKEA)

The Budget (a.k.a. All Hail IKEA)

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Ikea was having a summer sale this weekend, so I spent most of Saturday picking up small items, and testing out couches, beds, and chairs. I’ll be buying the big furniture pieces at a Chicago-area Ikea when I move in, so I went ahead and bought myself some gift cards to save the money for…