Lindsey

Lindsey

Stories by Lindsey

5 Tips for Renegotiating a Chicago Apartment Lease

Apr 10, 2013

When I first moved to Chicago, I saw my living situation as temporary. I’d planned on finding a less-expensive apartment once I made a few friends and had a better sense of my daily life here. But, when it came time to re-sign my lease, I realized I wasn’t ready to leave. I was always […]

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Living Large, Spending Small: Tricking Out Your First Apartment on a Budget

Jan 10, 2013

I’m done with college and officially a member of the real world. I have a job and a new apartment. I’m feeling safe and secure from those real-world risks with a new renters insurance policy for my apartment. Now, I just need some new stuff that’s worth insuring. I want my new pad to be a cool, […]

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5 Tips to Manage Student Loan Debt

Dec 26, 2012

College was a great time in my life – but as the excitement of graduation neared, my student loan debt loomed. I owed tens of thousands of dollars for my education; would I be able to afford to pay a monthly bill of hundreds of dollars each month? Would I ever be able to pay […]

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Is Your Gas Cap on the Left or the Right?

Aug 27, 2012

Last week while driving a rental car, I pulled up at a gas station and experienced the dreaded “Oh no!” moment: I had no idea on which side of my car the gas cap was located. If you’re like me, the initial “Oh no!” is followed by a few moments of awkwardly craning your neck […]

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Tips on Sharing Expenses with a Roommate

Jun 04, 2012

With our college days firmly behind us, many of my friends are moving from rowdy, shared houses to quiet apartments of their own. But I’ve lived with roommates since my dorm days and at this point in my life, wouldn’t have it any other way. Who else would sit with me through three-hour marathons of […]

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Why Saving for Your 401(k) Matters

Feb 07, 2012

When I first got my own place, I felt overwhelmed by the mountain of monthly bills I was responsible for. Paying for rent, cable, Internet, groceries, car insurance and student loan payments added up fast—and that’s not including my social tab! So when my company gave me the option of enrolling in its 401(k) plan, […]

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5 Tips for Renegotiating a Chicago Apartment Lease

Jan 09, 2012

When I first moved to Chicago, I saw my living situation as temporary. I’d planned on finding a less-expensive apartment once I made a few friends and had a better sense of my daily life here. But, when it came time to re-sign my lease, I realized I wasn’t ready to leave. I was always […]

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Enjoy the Holidays Away from Home

Dec 20, 2011

The holidays are supposed to be the “most wonderful time of the year,” filled with family get-togethers and never-ending sugar buzzes. So when last year’s work schedule kept me away from home during the holidays, I thought I’d spend weeks moping around Grinch-style. But instead, I decided to make the best of my situation. With […]

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Spruce Up Your Apartment on a Budget

Dec 01, 2011

Since starting my first full-time job, all I want to do at the end of the day is relax on my couch and enjoy the peace of my apartment. But when I moved into my own place earlier this year, my surroundings felt anything but serene: The walls were bare and my furniture was a […]

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Welcome Back! The Art of Moving Back Home After College

Nov 16, 2011

Standing in the ranks on graduation day, I felt like I was the only one shaking in my cap and gown. Yet, I soon found out I wasn’t alone—searching for a job while struggling to pay rent is a scary prospect for pretty much everyone. While I went straight from the classroom to a cubicle […]

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