7 Steps to Get Your Security Deposit Back in FULL

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Apartment living tips and help - Advice on how to get security deposit back from landlord as the tenant | rental agreements specify move out dates and requirements

Want to know how to get security deposit back on your apartment? Then you'll love these tips on how to get a full refund of your rental security deposit! Whether or not you paid a small or large security deposit to rent the place you call ‘home’, nothing feels more like a sucker-punch to a renter than when your landlord keeps your deposit after you move out!  The problem is very few renters are aware of their responsibilities and their rights when it comes to getting their refund.  Following these steps every time you rent will make it easier. That's where I want to help! Follow the following steps to ensure you'll get your ...

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How to Wash Your Car in an Apartment Yourself Without Water!

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 This is a sponsored post by Armor All. All opinions are my own. Here's how to wash car in apartment without water! As a child, I loved washing my father's semi truck. It took a long time to clean, and I had to do right or I'd have to do it again, but when I was done I felt a sense of pride as my father paid me $20 for washing his truck for him.  It was also fun to play with the water hose, soapy water, and the long-handled scrub brush. But, most of all, I enjoyed the satisfaction that comes from working hard and exerting yourself physically, something my father was a great example of himself. Being a parent now, I desire to ...

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The Surprisingly Easy Chemical-Free Way to Remove Carpet Stains

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Spot Cleaner | Carpet Stain Removal | DIY Carpet stain remover | chemical-free natural stain remover | cleaning tip hack tutorial | red Kool-Aid spill stain | Coffee stain | Rug Stain | Grape Juice Stains

If you've ever had a coffee stain, red Kool-Aid stain, or grape juice stain on your carpet, then you need to know how to remove carpet stains! Keep reading to discover the amazingly easy, chemical-free way to remove even old carpet stains!  Okay, friends...let's just say I move a lot.  A LOT, a lot.  I've typically been a renter, so I've picked up some really good household cleaning tips and tricks along the way, because I'm also one of those people that insist on getting my full rental deposit back when I move from a place.  I got to cheat a little, when it came to picking up these life hacks, because I also worked in apartment ...

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6 People You Forget to Thank All Year and Gifts They’ll Appreciate

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Great appreciation gift ideas to say thank you to various service industry providers like the mailman, stylist, teacher, military personnel, etc.

Once again, the Christmas holiday is upon us and I’m looking around wondering where the year went!  The older I get, the faster it seems to go.  Part of getting older means hopefully getting wiser too, right? As I get “wiser” I try to focus more and more on gratitude – all of the things in my life that I take for granted and how much they bless me: my car, my “day” job, this blogging opportunity, comfortable shoes, macaroni-and-cheese…okay, okay, I digress, but it’s all true! I also like to use this time of year to remember all of those people who give to me all year long and bless my life as well, and that’s really the focus ...

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How to Deep Clean Your Faucet Sink Handles

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Do you have dirty kitchen faucet handles? Want to know how to clean faucet sink handles from the inside, so you can deep clean those clear acrylic faucet globe handles to really get them to shine? Then keep reading! I was recently invited over to a friend's house for a cooking party...one of those cool little deals where the hostess provides the food and the atmosphere, and all the guests try out the latest and greatest cooking tools on the market while chatting and eating and drinking and just having a good time in general. I arrived a little early, and boy, am I glad I did!  My friend was putting the finishing touches on the ...

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The Downside of Buying in Bulk {Giveaway}

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Buying in bulk often means lower cost per unit, but there are other hidden downsides of buying in bulk from club warehouse stores like Sam's Club and Costco.

I never shopped at a big club warehouse before I went to Utah for school and I shopped at a Costco for the first time. I thought it was both awesome - "Oooh! It's a better price per unit! And look at this jumbo package of toilet paper! We'll never run out!" - and crazy - "You have to spend money before you can spend money here?" I mean, what? You need to pay for a yearly membership in order to reap the discounted prices? Totally didn't seem like a win. At least not to my single college student self. Sometimes warehouse club memberships are not worth it for a variety of reasons. (But, there are many reasons they are totally ...

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The Ridiculously Easy Way to Fix Broken Mini Blinds (Your Kids Destroyed)

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Great DIY tutorial on how to fix mini blinds that are broken! My kids break them all the time. Great apartment living tip that will save money!

You need to know how to fix broken mini blinds if you have kids or a naughty pet that repeatedly love to break and damage them. It's actually way easier, and cheaper than I thought to do your own mini blind repair!We live in an apartment, like a bajillion other people, so every window comes pre-installed with white mini-blinds. The apartment contract and rules state that the mini-blinds need to be free from damages in order to help keep up appearances. Broken mini blinds apparently equal ghetto apartment complex. To keep future residents interested in renting, via the pristine mini-blinds, they periodically replace any broken ones ...

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If You Hate Cleaning, But Love a Clean Home, Ask This Before Buying Almost Anything

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This is fun cleaning tip! If you want a clean home, but really hate cleaning or at least don't want to do it often, this is a smart question to ask before buying anything!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Endust for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. When I was a child I sometimes got these bursts of cleaning and fix-it bugs. I would decide that it was time to take a screw driver and tighten every single screw on every single thing in our house, from hinges and doorknobs, to electronics and toys. Other times I would scrub our kitchen floor with a washcloth so hard my fingers ached, hoping to finally remove those little dirt collections in the small indents in our linoleum. Between these bursts of cleaning and fix-it energy, I didn't think much about the messes I frequently made, ...

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How to Recycle When You Live in an Apartment

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When our twins were babies, WIC gave us a crazy amount of baby food in glass jars, and it felt wrong to chuck all that glass into the regular trash, especially when glass is 100% recyclable. But, we lived in an apartment without recycling bins, and I had no idea how to recycle in an apartment. But, my inner Green child was bound and determined to do it. We discovered that Target had recycling bins at the front of their store for things like plastics, cardboard, and glass. I began putting the empty and rinsed glass baby jars into an empty box in our kitchen. When it got full, we'd put it in the back of our car, and take a Target ...

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23 Places to Stockpile in an Apartment

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Great storage ideas for creating a stockpile in a small apartment home without a lot of storage space. Plus some good tips on saving money in the process!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Kleenex® & Cottonelle®. All opinions are 100% mine. When you live with a husband and four small children in an apartment, the last thing you think you can do is stockpile in an apartment.  When closet space is limited, and garages, basements, pantries, and storage sheds are nonexistent, you look around your small home and think there is no way you could store months' worth of food or toiletries here. But, if there's a will there is a way. If you are like us, apartment living still, the budget is tight, and you and your family would benefit from stockpiling, allowing you ...

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Small Space Living – Apartment Organization Ideas and Storage Solutions

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Small Space Living - Apartment Organization Ideas and Storage Ideas so you can live comfortably in a smaller home.

Since I left home for college in 2006, I have been living in a dorm, apartment, or townhome. This small space living has often presented me with different configurations of closets and cabinets, and limited storage, especially as our family has grown. I often have had to find creative storage solutions, and be wise about different apartment organization ideas.  Because, the biggest problem in every apartment we've lived in is the lack of storage space! Where do we shove Christmas stuff until the following year? Where do we store outgrown baby clothes and baby gear until we may need it again, years later? The following are some ...

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5 Ways to Save Money on Moving Costs

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Moving is expensive! The costs are still high even if you DIY, often because of all the unforeseen things you need once you get to your new place. I love that this post has some great suggestions on how to save every step of the way.

Want to save money on moving costs? Then here are some simple tips for you! Moving is expensive. Often you think it will just be the cost of the rental truck and some packing tape and boxes, but every apartment is different, and you suddenly need things you may not have needed before, like floor lamps, or extension cords, or curtains, and you have to pay for setting up new services. It all adds up. We recently moved from Indiana to Texas and knew it would be expensive so we prepped and saved, but we still spent quite a bit. However, there are some simple, easy ways you can save money on moving costs. How to Save on Moving ...

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