Posts Tagged: Budgeting

Make Moving Easy: Sell Your Old Stuff Online
Make Moving Easy: Sell Your Old Stuff Online

Make Moving Easy: Sell Your Old Stuff Online

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
When you’re moving, you find yourself in a mess. A mess of boxes. A mess of clothes. A mess of bubble wrap. The easiest way to climb out of that mess? Saying goodbye to some of those items. But sometimes throwing items away doesn’t seem right.  After all, you’re moving – some extra cash would…
First Apartment Holiday Tipping Guide
First Apartment Holiday Tipping Guide

First Apartment Holiday Tipping Guide

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Tipping can be a tricky for the first time renter. When you’re living on your own in an apartment, there’s all sorts of new interactions: dealing with landlords, with handymen and building supers. Whom should you tip? How much should you give?   To help you out, we have pooled together the tipping advice our bloggers…
There’s Still Time to Score Black Friday Online Deals for Your Apartment
There’s Still Time to Score Black Friday Online Deals for Your Apartment

There’s Still Time to Score Black Friday Online Deals for Your Apartment

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Dear Disgruntled Black Friday Shopper, Did you go to the mall and come home empty-handed?  The day is still young and we have a few online deals to share with you! Macy’s: This retail giant is basically giving its goods away. Use code TURKEY to get 10-15% off plus free shipping, beyond the already low…
Credit Score Traps – And How to Avoid Them
Credit Score Traps – And How to Avoid Them

Credit Score Traps – And How to Avoid Them

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
What can affect your credit score? You may be surprised.  Of course, delinquent payments ding it, but even if you have been a completely reliable consumer and paid every single bill,  there are still other traps that can adversely affect your credit score. Alex and I learned this when we recently decided to look for a condo and…
How Much Should You Plan for Utilities?
How Much Should You Plan for Utilities?

How Much Should You Plan for Utilities?

  |   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. Update: If you are trying to figure out how much rent you can afford, also check out these three posts for more calculations and expense guidelines: How Much Rent Can I…
Does Renter’s Insurance Really Work? YES!
Does Renter’s Insurance Really Work? YES!

Does Renter’s Insurance Really Work? YES!

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
As MFA is a site dedicated to apartment rentals, we endorse renter’s insurance because: 1) It seems like a smart idea to insure your stuff against the unthinkable and 2) It’s SUPER inexpensive for the value it brings (Alex and I have been paying around $150/year for up to $20,000 of coverage). In this post,…
Is Cable TV Worth the Cost? Review of Alternatives to Cable and Roku GIVEAWAY!
Is Cable TV Worth the Cost? Review of Alternatives to Cable and Roku GIVEAWAY!

Is Cable TV Worth the Cost? Review of Alternatives to Cable and Roku GIVEAWAY!

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
  Our ROKU  GIVEAWAY’s randomly selected winner is Nicole Vosburgh whose money saving tip was to research and plan before you buy anything. Congratulations to Nicole and thanks to all participants for great tips! After you finish your apartment search, pay the movers, and start unpacking, gosh knows you’ll be looking to kick back on the…
Our Favorite Online Money Management Sites
Our Favorite Online Money Management Sites

Our Favorite Online Money Management Sites

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Last week we covered online deal sites and warned against overspending. But what if you need help managing your money? Can you get online assistance for that? Yes, in fact, you can. Help is popping up all over the web. Below are a few of the best money management sites, all of which are free:…
The Best Online Home Goods Deal Sites: What You Need to Know
The Best Online Home Goods Deal Sites: What You Need to Know

The Best Online Home Goods Deal Sites: What You Need to Know

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
  Deals! They’re everywhere online these days. Gilt Group started the revolution a couple years ago by selling designer clothing at steep discounts, and sites like Ideeli and Rue La La followed suit. The deals have since expanded to home goods. Below are a few of our favorites: 1) Fab.com has been getting a lot of press…