to be twenty-something. Fresh out of college.
Independent. And with a new Home that's all
your own. In a nutshell, this is what TBC is
all about. A place for the young and young at
heart to gain advise about finding your first
place, furnishing, catering to guests, dealing
with crazy roomates and more!
Me A Home: First Step - Resources
you do anything else, do your homework. Getting
your own place can be tricky if you don't know
what you are doing. The realty biz is no place
for dummies, one minute your looking for a 2 bedroom
less than a thousand dollars the next minute a
broker has you signing a lease for a place that
2g's a month!! And that's not including utilities.
So my advice to you is to research first. If you
are fresh out, or on your way out of college,
check to see if your school has an office for
"Off Campus Housing." This is an ideal
place to start. For those of you who chose to
opt out of the college scene, check out the Housing
Guide at my alma mater, Columbia University. (Click
Here to View the Guide).
few things to keep in mind, in the event that
you choose to rent, write down a list of questions
to ask your prospective landlord. Where are the
nearest supermarkets and eateries. Are utilities
included? Has the aparment been recently renovated?
Things of that nature. Don't be shy. This is your
investment, so make it a good one. If
you want to find something without a broker start
with your local newspapers for classified adds.
check out craigslist.org, this is a nationwide
resource for local apartment listings.If
you have bad credit, you will need a guarantor,
which is someone who co-signs the lease with you
and agrees to pay your rent in the event that
you are unable to.
Recipes are on the way, but until check out
these books for some great ideas.
The New Soul Food Cookbook for People
Labelle's Lite Cuisine
TBC was a twinkle in mommaMsoy's eye, she was
all about Digs
Magazine. This online resource serves at
a home + living guide for the post-college,
pre-parenthood, quasi-adult generation. From
decorating tips to tasty recipes, if you can't
find it on TBC, Digs
is the next best place to look.
Tips: A Hunt for Houseware
am an urban girl with urban taste. I want my
home to have retro, pier 1 type of feel, without
the crazy prices. For that reason, I've found
a few low budget places, with high quality items
to share with all my msoy pals. Top secret #1,
the best place to shop is Macy's department
store, The Cellar. But don't just go to the
cellar all will nilly. You have to go when the
sales are on. You can find some expensive houseware
at 75% less than anywhere else! Two equally
good places for those who aren't into sale watching
are Target and theContainerstore. These spots
always have good prices. With or without a sale.
am debit card queen, my quote,
"Charge it!" If you are like me, espeically
when it comes to buying houseware, then I have
found the perfect web tool to compliment your
shopaholic ways: Mypoints.com. At this site,
you earn rewards for shopping at stores like
JCpenny's, target, thecontainstore, ebay, and
so many other popular department stores. With
every purchase you acquire more points, which
you can trade in for Gift Cards for meals, movies,
clothes and more. Plus membership is free. Earn
Rewards for shopping -
Out and Feel Good
Few months back a friend told me about a great
website, idine.com, now called rewardsnetwork.com.
Like mypoints.com, you get rewards for what
you buy except in this case its what's you eat!
Take out a bunch of friends have them give you
the cash, and put the bill on your card. You
look like an angel, but what they don't know
is that your getting free bonus points to use
at the resturant at a later date and time. Its
a cool concept don't you think?
Goodies for any Home: what's here, on
the way, and still to come?
Invite your friends over, with
one of our eCards. msoy Evites section is still
not ready, but it is coming soon. Until then
check out our ecards,
and send someone alittle something special today.
and msoy original project, will soon be featuring,
Healthy Appetite, a menu both your mouth and
your waist line can enjoy.
good food and friends without alittle entertertainment.
Find the latest urban movies and books to jump
start any house party at our new SHOP
URBAN, website. Our new site
even has houseware on sale! Remember to
try searching, if you don't initially see what
your looking for.