Posts Tagged: Budgeting

Furnishing With Cheap and Free Finds
Furnishing With Cheap and Free Finds

Furnishing With Cheap and Free Finds

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Our guest blogger Elyse is an NYU student who just recently managed to free herself from the college dormitory system. Free Craigslist: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Free Furniture Once I signed my lease, I revelled in the idea of finally having my very own space to live in, free of…
Shakiera Moves Off-Campus in Memphis
Shakiera Moves Off-Campus in Memphis

Shakiera Moves Off-Campus in Memphis

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
A sophomore at the University of Memphis, Shakiera is moving out of her hometown of Atlanta, Georgia to be closer to her school life in Memphis, TN. With money in her pocket and restlessness in her shoes, she’s ready to move into her first apartment and fully experience every part of being an independent, living,…
Mercedes Finds Her Dream Off-Campus Apartment
Mercedes Finds Her Dream Off-Campus Apartment

Mercedes Finds Her Dream Off-Campus Apartment

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Mercedes from Laramie, WY, reports on her hunt for an off-campus apartment. It comes with a pool, hot tub and tanning bed, among other amenities!  For $389 amonth, furnished! (It’s up to $429 now, but Mercedes got a deal by signing early.) “I decided to attend the University of Wyoming after I graduated from a community college.…
Mail Call: How Much Should Your Rent Be Increased Yearly?
Mail Call: How Much Should Your Rent Be Increased Yearly?

Mail Call: How Much Should Your Rent Be Increased Yearly?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
You heard it here first — we’re going to the mailbox! Benjamin from Allentown, PA  wants to know how much his rent should be increased per year. Ah, don’t we all. I’m actually about a month away from my landlord sending me my renewal papers and I’m already anxious as to whether he’s going to…
The First Two Things to Decide Before You Start Your Apartment Hunt
The First Two Things to Decide Before You Start Your Apartment Hunt

The First Two Things to Decide Before You Start Your Apartment Hunt

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
It’s May and you know what that means — the beginning of summer rental season.  If you act fast you may luck out but otherwise, get ready for rentals to go bat-shit crazy. To give you a head start on your hunt, the first two questions you need to ask yourself right now, this very…
How Much Should You Budget for Utilities?
How Much Should You Budget for Utilities?

How Much Should You Budget for Utilities?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Today, we have a question from our MyFirstApartment mail bag. “How much should you budget for utilities? Thanks! Lacey” The short answer is — anywhere from $75 – $200+ per month. What’s the long answer? In terms of possible utilities, here’s a comprehensible checklist: electric, water, heat, trash pickup, gas(**HEAT), cable, internet, and telephone. Off…
10 more things you’ll NEED for your first apartment
10 more things you’ll NEED for your first apartment

10 more things you’ll NEED for your first apartment

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
When outfitting your first abode, you can leave the bean bag at home – but remember to bring along/buy these important items. This bit of extra planning will make your life wayyy easier later on as there are a few scrapes everyone finds themselves in. Actually, on second thought, keep the bean bag – too…
How to Cozy Up your Apartment for the Holidays. . without going home
How to Cozy Up your Apartment for the Holidays. . without going home

How to Cozy Up your Apartment for the Holidays. . without going home

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
The holidays are coming! The holidays are coming! A lot of folks I know aren’t going home this year because of $$ issues so I thought I’d write a few post about how to make your apartment really embody that home away from home feeling. The first thing I notice about my parents’ house is…
How I Ended Up Using a Broker
How I Ended Up Using a Broker

How I Ended Up Using a Broker

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Back when the economy wasn’t in shambles, I kinda understood why people used Brokers. Competition was fierce and landlords knew it. Consequently, any decent place was handed off to a Broker so he/she could screen applicants and send the cream of the crop to the landlord for a final review. It was a pretty hands-off…
Save Money during Summer Heatwaves!
Save Money during Summer Heatwaves!

Save Money during Summer Heatwaves!

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
This is My First Apartment‘s 200th post! Hurray! Yep, it’s August and while summer has played (somewhat) nice so far, it is not sparing us from feeling like we’re cavorting in a sauna the size of NYC this week. Well, today IS a bit better, but there’s not telling when we’ll be back to 90+…