Posts Tagged: utilities

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…
How Much of Your Paycheck Should Go Towards Rent?
How Much of Your Paycheck Should Go Towards Rent?

How Much of Your Paycheck Should Go Towards Rent?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
My sister is moving into her first apartment next month in Chicago and was planning her budget over the long Thanksgiving weekend while I sat next to her reading the paper.  “So, Ms. First Apartment Expert,” she smirked at me, “how much should I be spending on rent?” “A quarter,” I said without looking up…
Is your apartment ready for summer? Get on it before it’s too hot to move!
Is your apartment ready for summer? Get on it before it’s too hot to move!

Is your apartment ready for summer? Get on it before it’s too hot to move!

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
With the passing of Memorial Day, no matter what the solar calendar says – summer is here. Hello, half-day Fridays, white shoes, and HEAT. GLORIOUS HEAT! Well, at least if you’re ready for it. How to summer-fy your apartment/life? First, think about your air conditioner situation. Do you have one? Does it work? Is it…
Settling in.
Settling in.

Settling in.

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Hey all, it’s Jason. It’s been a little over a month since we moved in, and things are going well. Still have a few boxes hanging around the living room, but a majority of our stuff is in its new home. I’ve been doing the commute to Palo Alto for a while now, and I’ve…
Why, oh why, oh wireless?
Why, oh why, oh wireless?

Why, oh why, oh wireless?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Living in sunny SoCal, my monthly utility payments are satisfyingly low. The largest is by far my cable internet bill- approximately $40 a month, split with my roommate. I was reluctant, at first, to part with this extra dough for our own wireless- I have a laptop, and it’s easy enough to link to someone…
What To Do Before You Move into a New Apartment
What To Do Before You Move into a New Apartment

What To Do Before You Move into a New Apartment

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
Moving In: Taking Care of Details What To Do Before You Move into a New Apartment Set up your utilities: electricity, cable, and telephone Before you begin carting all your belongings to your new apartment, make arrangements to have the utilities turned on — otherwise you’ll be in the dark, literally. You may decide to…