Posts Tagged: utility costs

How Much Should You Budget for Apartment Utilities?
How Much Should You Budget for Apartment Utilities?

How Much Should You Budget for Apartment Utilities?

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
This post was originally published in August 2012 and has been a reader favorite since. It has been updated with our 2015 and 2016 utility cost survey results. To find out what our readers actually paid for utilities in July 2015, check out these results of our online survey.  Our January 2016 utility survey results…
Average Utility Bills: My First Apartment Survey Results
Average Utility Bills: My First Apartment Survey Results

Average Utility Bills: My First Apartment Survey Results

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
How much will my average electric bill be? Can I afford to pay both my rent and my utilities? Those are typical questions we get from our readers.  While we have covered this topic many times already, we decided to find out what millennials actually paid for electricity, cable/internet, water and garbage collection last month (July).…
Should You Get Cable TV? Maybe Not
Should You Get Cable TV? Maybe Not

Should You Get Cable TV? Maybe Not

  |   By AuthorMy First Apartment
The golden era of cable television is probably over. From, oh, say 1985 to 2005, it filled a definite need: if you wanted to watch a variety of shows and movies, and weren’t interested in going to the video rental store all the time (remember those?), then you had to get cable. Or be stuck…
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…
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…
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…