Posts Tagged: budgeting for first apartment

5 Money Saving Tips for Your Move
5 Money Saving Tips for Your Move

5 Money Saving Tips for Your Move

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
As we have told you before, moving for the first time will come with many hidden costs that you might not have planned for. Luckily, with proper research and advance planning you can save a lot of money on everything related to the actual move. Follow these 5 money saving tips for your move into…
Don’t Forget to Plan for These 6 Moving Costs!
Don’t Forget to Plan for These 6 Moving Costs!

Don’t Forget to Plan for These 6 Moving Costs!

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Let’s just face the fact that moving costs add up quickly, especially if you’re moving for the first time. The best thing to do is research and plan so you can set a realistic moving budget that you can stick to. Knowing all of the costs associated with moving will help you stick to your…
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.…
The First Apartment Experience: Do’s and Don’ts
The First Apartment Experience: Do’s and Don’ts

The First Apartment Experience: Do’s and Don’ts

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
This past March, I finally made the big jump to getting my own place. It was quite the journey and there were a lot of steps involved but I made it! Moving into your first apartment can be quite daunting, just thinking about the budgeting aspect, finding that perfect space, and starting from square one.…
How to Use Your Rent Payments to Boost Your Credit Score
How to Use Your Rent Payments to Boost Your Credit Score

How to Use Your Rent Payments to Boost Your Credit Score

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
By Christine DiGangi One of the many reasons someone might look at your credit scores is to figure out if you’re likely to repay any money you borrow, so you’d think having a history of paying a huge monthly bill on time would be good for your credit. But in many cases, one of the…
10 Costs First Time Renters Don’t Think About
10 Costs First Time Renters Don’t Think About

10 Costs First Time Renters Don’t Think About

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
By Stephanie Lynch If you recently found the perfect apartment — congratulations!  It can be pretty time consuming to find the right area, amenities, landlord and price.  There’s nothing better than walking into an apartment and instantly clicking with it. While signing the lease to your new apartment may be exciting, most apartment tenants, especially…
5 Apartment-Friendly Dining Sets Under $250
5 Apartment-Friendly Dining Sets Under $250

5 Apartment-Friendly Dining Sets Under $250

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
A few weeks ago, we brought you the first installment of The Affordable Apartment Furniture Basics Series (if you missed it, mosey on over here to check out 5 awesome couches for under $500). This week, we’re heading out of the living room and into the kitchen to bring you 5 apartment-friendly dining sets—often with multi-use functions (can…
How Much Rent Can I Afford on My Hourly Pay?
How Much Rent Can I Afford on My Hourly Pay?

How Much Rent Can I Afford on My Hourly Pay?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
2017 Update: You can download our new Printable Apartment Budgeting Worksheet and use it to estimate your rent and budget for all your expenses. The basic target rent formula that landlord’s use is annual before-tax income divided by 40. When you are on a straight salary estimating the number is easy. However, if your are…
How Much Should You Budget for Apartment Utilities?
How Much Should You Budget for Apartment Utilities?

How Much Should You Budget for Apartment Utilities?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
This post was originally published in August 2012 and has been a reader favorite since. It has been updated with our 2015 and 2016 utility cost survey results. To find out what our readers actually paid for utilities in July 2015, check out these results of our online survey.  Our January 2016 utility survey results…
Financial Planning to Make Sure You Can Keep Your First Apartment
Financial Planning to Make Sure You Can Keep Your First Apartment

Financial Planning to Make Sure You Can Keep Your First Apartment

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
If you’re just starting out in your first place, it’s likely that you’ve secured a job (or some sort of income) to ensure your bills can be paid each month. While the job market has stabilized in recent years, it’s always important to prepare for a worst-case-scenario when it comes to money. What would happen…