What To Avoid When Looking For An Apartment In A Major City

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If you read my last post, you may have realized I left a crucial component out: what exactly was I moving to New York City for. The answer: to work in the advertising industry!

Yes, sometimes when nobody is looking, I practice my Don Draper smolder in the mirror. Unfortunately, horribly imitating the famed, fictional Mad Men creative director hasn’t resulted in a salary equivalent to his yet—which I could have really used when looking for a place to live.

How To Get The Apartment You Want With No Credit (Or Bad Credit)

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I have some confessions to make.

I have almost no established credit. My boyfriend has bad credit. He’s looking to switch jobs in the near future. I’m a recent college graduate who has not held my job for very long. Oh, and we have a cat.

So, basically, we’re a landlord’s worst nightmare. Of course, we didn’t know this until our application for an apartment we really wanted was rejected.

How To Stock Your First Kitchen On A Budget

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September is here, and across the country, students are moving into new apartments. For many of you, this marks the first time with your own kitchen. If you and your roommates are still debating who’s going to buy what, be careful—it can be quite expensive to stock the cabinets and drawers.

If you start with a well-stocked kitchen, and you learn to use all of your kitchen supplies, you can save money on food forever. Cooking cheap and easy meals at home is my number one way to cut down on living expenses. Follow these tips to get everything you need on the cheap.

How To Find Your Ideal Apartment On A Budget

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Moving is always a pain. Doesn’t matter where you are. The fees, the packing, the sacrifices—they can scar a person. In NYC, though, moving is pretty much even worse. The rents keep going up, there’s a shortage of good places, and no space to put your stuff.

During my original move to the city, I fell into an apartment that a friend of a friend recommended. Now, going into my second year, I’ve taken a more hands-on approach. I am on a mission to find the perfect place—on a budget of course. If you’re starting your apartment search, here are a few tips I’ve learned to help you get your ideal spot.

3 Unexpected Expenses That Go With Moving Off Campus

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This fall, my daughter is moving off campus with her friends. Of course, this process started in the spring, when they went on a waitlist for an apartment complex they wanted to live in.

When they reached the top of the list, they had 24 hours to accept the available unit … or drop back to the bottom of the waitlist. So yes, “we” started paying rent on May 20—three full months before she’ll actually move in.

And while those extra months of rent proved to be an unexpected expense, they were far from the only one students moving off campus face.

9 Things To Consider Before Moving Off Campus

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Are you considering renting an apartment or a house next fall? If so, you will need to consider a number of things—including how to convince your parents. This is especially true if you’ll need them to co-sign the lease.

I’ve signed a few leases myself for my son. And as a mom and a licensed real estate agent, I can tell you, you need to read the fine print! Here are nine things you may need to discuss with your parents before you sign.

How To Deal With Worst-Case Scenarios When Moving

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I have moved enough times that I’ve encountered my fair share of moving dramas—probably more than any human being should. Moving is always stressful, unless you have the money to pay a crew to do everything, including packing, boxing, moving, and lifting. But even if you do, there’s a lot that can still go wrong.

I moved on September 1, and a lot did go wrong. Like, worst-case scenario “wrong.” If you face any of the problems I did, here’s how I dealt with them.

Adjusting From The Dorm To Your Own Apartment

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Well, September 1 is just around the corner, and you know what that means … time to move out!

This year, I’m moving into my first apartment. The excitement of this move rivals what I felt each fall for my college move-ins. However, I have come to realize that preparing to move in and furnish an apartment is very different from moving into a dorm room. Not only does my apartment not come with a bed, dresser, or couches, but there is a lot more space to fill!

Here are three ways that I’m fueling my excitement about moving and decorating—without tapping into my rent money.