Apr 26 16

10 Rental Lessons I Wish I Hadn’t Learned the HARD Way!

Ms. Rita Rents

10lESSONSIwishIhadn'tLearnedThehardWayI was 19 when I rented my first apartment.  Although I was in college, and had already been at a full-time job for 2 years, I wasn’t quite as savvy as I thought I was when it came to renting my first apartment.

I set out, excited and nervous to be on my own, for the first time.  I did some due diligence like checking the apartment thoroughly, asking about the neighbors, setting a strict budget, etc.  But after I moved in, there were a few things I wished I’d looked at just a little closer.  These are the top 10 things I wish I had checked before moving in, maybe these will save you a little time and heartache of your own:



Apr 22 16

Happy Earth Day: Renters Can Make A Difference Too!

Ms. Rita Rents

It’s sobering to think that someday we may be the cause of our own extinction because we selfishly abused the planet that sustained us. While you may not be directly “seeing” this damage in your neighborhood, you are certainly hearing of it and there are some pretty scary facts that will affect EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. OF. US!


Apr 11 16

NATIONAL PET DAY: 10 Human Tricks to Get Your Pet Deposit Back!

Ms. Rita Rents



For those of us who have pets, they have become family and we take them with us when we move.  It can be a challenge to find a pet friendly rental!

If you live in a rental property with your furry friend, you probably paid a fairly decent pet deposit and you may even pay pet rent on top of it!

Just like kids, pets can make a mess, and in some cases, they can make a REALLY BIG mess!  So, in honor of our furry friends on National Pet Day and your pet deposit, here are 10 ways to help you get your pet deposit back in relation to some of the most common and expensive pet fixes we see on a daily basis:



Apr 8 16

Leaving the Nest: A Shock at the Grocery Store

Ms. Rita Rents

ShockAtTheGroceryStoreThere are so many things I wish I was taught before fleeing the coop! Simple things like laundry soap would consume 50% of my weekly grocery budget (the sensitive skin stuff is expensive!), my roommates would eat EVERYTHING unless my name was plastered in marker on every side (and then, not totally safe), when make-up runs out, it doesn’t just appear in my make-up bag. Sheets have to be washed, by me, at the Laundromat and that has to be timed just right! So, for you momma and poppa birds getting ready for your baby birds to leave the nest, and you baby birds ready to fly on your own, I thought I’d make a few handy lists of things to learn BEFORE having to put back the bread because you had to buy laundry soap and didn’t realize it was expensive! One of my biggest shockers was the grocery store, so let’s go there… (more…)