Posts Tagged: Budgeting

A beautiful apartment is possible no matter its size!
A beautiful apartment is possible no matter its size!

A beautiful apartment is possible no matter its size!

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Coming from college, many of you might equate a small apartment with the dingy dorm you were were forced to live in with nary a stove for X number of years. I can see where you’re coming from: your new apartment is also tiny and not by choice. But, oh, is it SO different! Sure,…
Get the Most out of Graduation Gifts in these Lean Times?
Get the Most out of Graduation Gifts in these Lean Times?

Get the Most out of Graduation Gifts in these Lean Times?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Graduating seniors, please accept my most heartfelt condolences. You did not fare well in the economic lottery. But plan ahead and you’ll be better off in the long run. Your graduation money, if you are lucky to get any this year, should probably be spent. . .getting stuff you’ll need for your first apartment. Ditto…
Check out Apartment Therapy’s sales guides by city!
Check out Apartment Therapy’s sales guides by city!

Check out Apartment Therapy’s sales guides by city!

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
One of my favorite things is when I find that one of the places I like to visit has something even BETTER than what I already knew they had. Yeah, vague, I know, but hear me out. Like, for instance the deli across the street from my office: they have great salads, but OMG their…
It’s a Renter’s Market!
It’s a Renter’s Market!

It’s a Renter’s Market!

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Have you been thinking about what city to move to? Well, if you’re feeling stressed for time – don’t be. According to the NYtimes, the rental market has been getting looser for the past couple of months and stands to stay this way for awhile. What does this mean in laymen’s terms? Rents are getting…
How Much Does It Cost to Move?
How Much Does It Cost to Move?

How Much Does It Cost to Move?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
THIS IS A REPEAT OF ONE OF OUR MOST POPULAR POSTS. Here are some rough guidelines you can use when you start planning the move to your first apartment. Monthly Rent = annual salary divided by 40 Security Deposit = one month’s rent Furniture = one to two months’ rent Starter Equipment = $250-$500 (Check…
What Your Money Will Buy You: The Furniture Version
What Your Money Will Buy You: The Furniture Version

What Your Money Will Buy You: The Furniture Version

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
For those of you who know the site like the back of your hand, you’ll recall a list that was compiled a while back comparing the price differences of furniture from IKEA vs. Pottery Barn. Well, time has flown by us and we thought it was time to update the prices. We also thought we…
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…