Posts Tagged: budgeting

Five Ways to Save on Your Winter Heating Bill
Five Ways to Save on Your Winter Heating Bill

Five Ways to Save on Your Winter Heating Bill

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
When it’s cold out, few things compare to the rush of warmth that passes through you as you step into your apartment from the outside world. Keeping your apartment’s temperature bearable tends to get a bit pricey, but if you cherish warmth, you’re likely OK with your winter utility costs going up just a bit.…
Store Brands Vs. Brand Names: Which Is Really Cheaper?
Store Brands Vs. Brand Names: Which Is Really Cheaper?

Store Brands Vs. Brand Names: Which Is Really Cheaper?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
As you walk the aisles of a supermarket or drugstore, you’ll see a handful of different brands selling similar products. Whether you’re buying frozen vegetables, contact solution, or cleaning supplies, you’ll have the option to purchase your product from whichever brand you like best. Or maybe you’re looking to buy the least expensive option possible,…
What Is a Guarantor?
What Is a Guarantor?

What Is a Guarantor?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Even if you’re mentally ready to move into your first apartment, you might not be financially ready. In some parts of the country, it’s common practice for landlords to require that your yearly income be 40 times the monthly rent, limiting your available options (or forcing you to split your rent with roommates). That’s why…
Is a Laundry Service Worth the Money?
Is a Laundry Service Worth the Money?

Is a Laundry Service Worth the Money?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Although stretching out with a warm blanket pulled fresh from the dryer is among life’s best small comforts, few people enjoy the time and effort that goes into doing laundry, not to mention folding clothes once they’re out of the dryer. Laundry can be even more annoying if you don’t have a washer and dryer…
Is an Apartment Cleaning Service Worth the Money?
Is an Apartment Cleaning Service Worth the Money?

Is an Apartment Cleaning Service Worth the Money?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Having your own apartment can give you thorough peace of mind, but keeping it clean can just as quickly bring stress back into your life. No matter how hard you try, a thin layer of dust will all but inevitably make itself at home on your dresser, bookshelf, and other surfaces that mostly go untouched…
Five Halloween Decor Ideas for Your First Apartment
Five Halloween Decor Ideas for Your First Apartment

Five Halloween Decor Ideas for Your First Apartment

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Do all the Halloween decorations you’re encountering at local bars and shops, not to mention houses around the neighborhood, have you wondering how you can properly spook up your home for the scary season? Let skeletons and witches be the only thing you fear this Halloween – with these five Halloween decor ideas for your…
First Apartment Checklists: The Ultimate Guide
First Apartment Checklists: The Ultimate Guide

First Apartment Checklists: The Ultimate Guide

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Moving into your first apartment is the dream, but nobody said it would be easy. On top of the physical labor, financial costs, and stress of the actual move, there’s all the work that comes with unpacking, organizing, decorating, and stocking up on basic needs. The last of these tasks can involve buying so many…
Can Your Landlord Raise Your Rent?
Can Your Landlord Raise Your Rent?

Can Your Landlord Raise Your Rent?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
If you’ve ever rented an apartment, you’re probably all too familiar with the nagging worry that your landlord will eventually raise your rent. In some cities, this practice is more common than in others, though it is fully legal throughout the U.S. That said, there are rules on how landlords must go about raising your…
Four IKEA Apartment Decoration Hacks
Four IKEA Apartment Decoration Hacks

Four IKEA Apartment Decoration Hacks

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
IKEA has become the go-to furniture and decoration brand for anyone operating on a modest budget. The Swedish company’s items look thoroughly modern, with simple designs and eye-catching but not overwhelming colors defining its idiosyncratic aesthetic. It’s just not the brand’s agreeable design approach that’s made it so beloved – it’s their prices, which are…
Things You DON’T Need for Your First Apartment
Things You DON’T Need for Your First Apartment

Things You DON’T Need for Your First Apartment

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
In your preparation for moving into your first apartment, you’ve probably encountered plenty of lists detailing every single thing you need to be truly self-sufficient at home. You’ve probably noticed that there are a lot of items on these lists, but with each purchase for your first apartment, you spend precious money – and even…