5 Free Apps for Budgeting and Paying Rent on Time

Posted by Jody Alford on Aug 17, 2018 8:00:00 AM

If there is one thing our phones can help us with, it's getting and staying organized. Sure, our phones have a lot of distractions too, but if you download the right apps, you'd be surprised how many of them will actually help you out. Take money apps, for example.

There are countless money apps out there, and they all do something just a little bit different. Venmo lets you send money to your friend who paid for a fine dining experience in Raleigh, and Robinhood lets you invest in stocks. But when you're renting an apartment and trying to save money (or at least spend wisely), it's helpful to have a money app that reminds you to pay important bills like rent.

Here's a look at some of our top picks for financial apps that won't cost you a dime.

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Topics: Apartment Life

Stop Using These Excuses for Not Hosting People at Your Apartment

Posted by Jody Alford on Aug 10, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Sometimes, people who live in apartments hesitate to host. It's not that they don't like socializing. They're quick to go to their friends' house parties and backyard barbecues, but when it comes to inviting others into their own apartments, they have a list of reasons why they shouldn't.

If you live in an apartment community, chances are you've used one or two of these excuses before. but it's time to stop. Take a good look at the following excuses and then decide to erase them from your vocabulary so that you can finally play host at your apartment!

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Topics: Apartment Life

Choosing a Paint Color for Your Apartment That You Won't Regret

Posted by Jody Alford on Aug 3, 2018 8:00:00 AM

While most apartment landlords don't allow you to make permanent changes to an apartment's interior, painting the walls is usually acceptable (as long as you paint over them again before you move).

Now the fun part begins of choosing a paint color! Well, at least it's fun for some. If you're at a loss when it comes to interior decorating, paint colors, and the art of making sure each room flows into the next, then we have some helpful hints.

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Topics: Decorating Your Space

4 Habits to Break If You Want a Cleaner Apartment

Posted by Jody Alford on Jul 27, 2018 8:12:00 AM

Do you ever get tired of the monotony of cleaning? It's one of those things we do again and again knowing that there's really no end in sight. You wipe off the kitchen counter knowing that it will get crumbs on it the next time you slice a bagel. You take out the trash knowing that it will be full again after your dinner party tonight. You dust off your patio furniture knowing it will need it again next week.

Cleaning is never really finished, but it still needs to be done. We certainly don't recommend quitting it. However, quitting 4 common habits will help you keep your apartment cleaner. Let's look at what they are.

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Topics: Cleaning Tips

Your Guide to Apartment Gym Etiquette

Posted by Jody Alford on Jul 20, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Whether you visit the fitness center at your apartment complex five days a week or five days a year, it's important to to practice proper gym etiquette. Gym etiquette is important wherever you are, but it's especially important if you're working out at the same gym as where you live.

When you lift weights or hop on a treadmill alongside your neighbors, the last thing you want to do is offend or annoy them in the process. To avoid that, follow these rules of gym etiquette any time you're working out at your fitness center...

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Topics: Apartment Life

How to Negotiate a Moving Package with Your New Employer

Posted by Jody Alford on Jul 12, 2018 8:00:00 AM

So you finally landed that big new job in a brand new city. Good for you! Now you just need to organize a move -- and pay for it.

If you're moving to a new city after receiving a job offer, you shouldn't have to pay for all of it. Most employers are willing to help with moving costs and provide relocation assistance. However, it's your job as the new employee to successfully negotiate a moving package that's worthwhile and beneficial to both parties. 

Keep reading for some helpful advice on negotiating your relocation package professionally without seeming demanding or greedy.

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Topics: Apartment Search

Tips for Decorating Your Apartment in Minimalist Style

Posted by Jody Alford on Jul 6, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Maybe you've recently found yourself addicted to The Minimalists podcast and you're ready to convert to minimalism, or perhaps the sheer number of things you own are starting to stress you out and you want to declutter. Either way, minimalist style can be a lot of fun to incorporate into your apartment's decor.

If this whole concept of minimalism is new to you, it's easy to catch up. All you need to know is that the whole point of minimalism is to omit what you don't need so that you have space for the things that really matter to you.

That's pretty much it. Short and sweet. If that sounds like a worthwhile endeavor to you, then read on to find out how you can start with your apartment.

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Topics: Decorating Your Space

Celebrate the 4th of July Around the Research Triangle

Posted by Jody Alford on Jun 29, 2018 8:00:00 AM

America is celebrating its 242nd birthday in just a few short days. What are your Fourth of July plans?

If your plans are about as "up in the air" as a fireworks display, we have some ideas that are both affordable and accessible.

See if any of these festive activities in the the Research Triangle grab your interest...

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Topics: Living in Raleigh, NC

5 Ways To Stay Cool This Summer

Posted by Jody Alford on Jun 13, 2018 10:30:00 AM

Summer days are normally spent outside playing baseball, lounging in the pool or having picnics in the park. On the other hand, it means enduring blistering hot days where you don't want to leave your air conditioned Deer Harbor apartment home. 

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Topics: Insider

The Best Pets for Apartment Living

Posted by Jody Alford on Jun 6, 2018 10:30:00 AM

Whether you already have a family pet who needs to move with you or you're looking to add one for the first time, plenty of animals make great apartment pets

Different pets have different perks, so we've outlined some common choices and what you'll love about them.

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Topics: Apartment Life