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Tips for Millennials Who Need to Create a Budget

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Millennials seem to have everything figured out — at least for the moment. But once the afterglow of college starts fading and that nine-to-five grind begins to lose a little luster, many find money matters more challenging than anticipated. read more

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Typical Utility Costs in Los Angeles

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Pristine beaches as far as the eye can see, more blue skies and sunshine than you can imagine, breathtaking vistas, and top-shelf international cuisine at your fingertips — it’s no wonder Los Angeles captures the hearts and souls of so many. read more

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Tips for Keeping Your Vacation Rental Property Busy All Year Long

Vacation rental properties can be cash cows, and regardless of where they are in the world, they’re guaranteed to sell themselves for at least one season each year. But how do their owners keep them profitable the other 9 or 10 months? read more

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Pied-à-Terre: The Second Home That Could Save You Time and Money

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When people complain about work, it’s often not about the job itself but the toll it takes on their lives in the form of local commuting, out-of-town business trips, stressful packing and unpacking, and time away from family and friends. Whether you’re just starting to make your mark in your profession or finally on the […] read more

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The Pros and Cons of Renting Appliances

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You’ve just moved into your new apartment, and all the furniture donated by your friends and family is finally in its place. But then you realize you’re missing the creature comforts that, for many, are as vital to survival as running water and heat: a big screen TV, an Xbox, and more importantly, a stove, […] read more

A black leather loveseat sits cozily in a small living area.

The Best Small-Space Furniture Buys For Under $150

Gone are the days of moving into a new apartment and wondering how you’re going to fill it up so voices don’t echo off the walls. Today, you pay more and more for less and less space — but that doesn’t necessarily mean our needs as renters have changed. read more

A pristine stainless steel refrigerator sits in a clean kitchen, with its upper door open to reveal a plethora of food.

Chill Out: Finding Great Deals on Cheap Refrigerators

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Frozen eggs, warm beer, wilted greens, curdled milk: all these are signs it’s time for a new refrigerator. An essential major appliance, refrigerators come in various styles and sizes to meet both individual and family needs — and the best part is that finding one that fits your aesthetic and budget is as easy as […] read more

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Everything You Need to Know About Consignment Stores

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“Hand-me-down,” “used,” and “second-hand” are all terms that make people uneasy when purchasing home furnishings, but if you’ve ever been to a consignment store before, chances are you came out with a completely different attitude. Often confused with thrift shops, consignment stores provide a unique buying experience that’s impossible to find at most run-of-the-mill discount […] read more

A bright red chair and lighting fixture add splashes of color to a space without damaging their apartment's walls or floors.

Decorating Your Apartment Without Compromising Your Security Deposit

Like it or not, a security deposit is often a fundamental part of renting. After all, none of us particularly relishes the thought of handing over a chunk of change that we might not see for the foreseeable future. When it comes to personalizing an apartment, it can sometimes be difficult to figure out how […] read more