Posts Tagged: saving money

Ditching Your Roommates? How to Go Solo (And LOVE It!)
Ditching Your Roommates? How to Go Solo (And LOVE It!)

Ditching Your Roommates? How to Go Solo (And LOVE It!)

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Roommates not your thing? We totally understand. There are many benefits to living by yourself, including a TON of personal freedom when it comes to your apartment. Since you’ve made the decision to ditch your roommates, or are leaning that way, here are some tips to make the whole transition go easier. Find a place…
How To Watch Your Favorite Shows Without Paying for Cable
How To Watch Your Favorite Shows Without Paying for Cable

How To Watch Your Favorite Shows Without Paying for Cable

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
One surprising cost you’ll find when you move into your first apartment is your cable bill. Usually providers link it with Internet, which is helpful, but you usually end up spending a lot more for TV than anything else. Here’s your guide to keep up with your favorite shows/encourage your TV habit/stay a couch potato without…
Save $$ On Your Energy Bill
Save $$ On Your Energy Bill

Save $$ On Your Energy Bill

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
My whole family makes fun of my grandparents for keeping it freezing cold inside their house in the winter. Their go-to line when anyone complains that it’s cold in their house? “Put on a(nother) jacket!” I was one of the complainers until I moved into my first apartment and saw my first energy bill. Yikes. Who…
How to Have a No-Money Weekend
How to Have a No-Money Weekend

How to Have a No-Money Weekend

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
After splurging money on your new apartment, the last thing you want to do is splurge some more. That’s why you need a no-money weekend, which is exactly what it sounds like: A two-day period where you’ll get to spend as little cash as possible — assuming you spend at all. But how do you…
New Year’s Resolutions You Can Actually Keep
New Year’s Resolutions You Can Actually Keep

New Year’s Resolutions You Can Actually Keep

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Maybe last year’s resolution to hit the gym and drop 10 pounds didn’t work out so well, nor did that plan to write a best seller. Perhaps you were over-reaching a bit. Luckily, a new year means new beginnings and a chance to make realistic resolutions you can actually keep. Last new year, we had tips for getting…
Getting Your First Apartment: How Much Money Do You Need to Save to Move Out?
Getting Your First Apartment: How Much Money Do You Need to Save to Move Out?

Getting Your First Apartment: How Much Money Do You Need to Save to Move Out?

  |   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. 2016 Update: Also check out our recent posts that help you calculate the maximum affordable rent on your salary: How Much Rent Can I Afford on My Hourly Pay and Affordable…
Spring Clean Your Financial House and Find Money for Savings
Spring Clean Your Financial House and Find Money for Savings

Spring Clean Your Financial House and Find Money for Savings

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
With the help from our friends at William Paid, we have pulled together a few ideas to kick-start your saving habit. Yes, you heard us. Saving!  Because if there’s one thing we’ve learned over the last couple of years, it’s the importance of managing our money better. Sadly, many of us have no idea how…
First Apartment New Year’s Resolutions, Part 1
First Apartment New Year’s Resolutions, Part 1

First Apartment New Year’s Resolutions, Part 1

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Well, the New Year is here! The time when we vow to do better. What does that mean for apartment dwellers? In part one, I’ll cover things you can do in your apartment to save you money, as well as improve your living experience. In part two, I’ll cover checking your credit report, which is…
How to Be a Smart Daily Deals Shopper – 7 Tips to Make You the Winner
How to Be a Smart Daily Deals Shopper – 7 Tips to Make You the Winner

How to Be a Smart Daily Deals Shopper – 7 Tips to Make You the Winner

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Here at MFA we love a good deal as much as the next guy, and we have used daily deals to save money on restaurants, movies, deli lunches, kitchen tools and an occasional mani/pedi. We have used offers from Groupon, Living Social, BuyWithMe, Google, Amazon, GiltGroup, RueLala and several local NYC deal companies. Most deals…
20 Tips for Surviving New York City on a Budget
20 Tips for Surviving New York City on a Budget

20 Tips for Surviving New York City on a Budget

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Maybe you saw last week’s semi-sappy post about leaving NYC. Well, this week I thought it might be more helpful to share some of my NYC honest-to-goodness learnings. 1) Use a broker when searching for apartments. It’s more $, but you’ll get a better deal on the month-to-month rent plus a better place in the…