Choosing an Affordable and Safe Neighborhood

Posted on February 6th, 2014 by Discount Debbie

An home for some of us often means that we will have to compromise something in order to get the price we are looking for. Safety shouldn’t be one of those things compromised. Here are a few tips to consider while neighborhood hunting.

Check the Internet and Police Records

Criminal statistics for a neighborhood are open to the public and free to view. Take advantage of these opportunities. Find out what type of crime happens in the neighborhood your looking at living in. Check for sex offenders. Save yourself the grief of someone else telling you these things after you have moved in.

Drive By At Night

Driving by in the twilight hours is a really good way to determine if an apartment complex is safe. Notice who is outside? Is it children playing while their parents watch? Is it a retired couple sitting on the porch? Or is no one outside? What are your instincts telling you? Chances are in the daylight you will feel comfortable in most neighborhoods. When it’s getting dark will tell you if you are still going to be comfortable there when the office closes.

Look For Decorations

A home that has decorations outside is less concerned with vandalism and theft. Sure it may still happen from time to time, but that isn’t the constant mindset of the residents already living there. Look for lawn ornaments, little container gardens, and patio furniture. The apartments may be a little older, but you can tell how comfortable others feel there by what they choose to display.

Apartment Conditions

It’s not enough to feel safe due to a low crime rate and nice neighbors. The apartment needs to be a safe environment as well. Check to see if windows leak air, look for breaks in the glass, and see if the doors hang right. Check to see when the apartments or house was made and if any questionable materials were used. Is there an insect infestation? Is there a mold problem? It is far better to check these things when investigating moving in rather than be stuck in a lease or mortgage with them.

 


Free Redbox Rental!

Posted on October 10th, 2012 by Freebie Felicia

Use code BIRTHDAY at your local Redbox kiosk to get a free rental today! Word has it that this code will work through Thursday October 11th.


Thrifty Home Improvement – $20 Kitchen Makeover, No Paint!

Posted on July 30th, 2012 by Discount Debbie

I know, you’re thinking, “There’s no way only $20 could make a difference throughout an entire kitchen without painting it or doing something to the walls.”

I ask you… when is the last time you noticed the hardware on your cabinets? It’s amazing the impression they make, which isn’t surprising since they’re placed throughout your entire kitchen.

I recently moved into a new rental, and being a Thrifty Diva I chose to get something more affordable, but no doubt, you sacrifice looks a bit to do so. While the place is nice and funcational and safe, some of the fixtures are simply outdated in appearance. With it being a rental, there’s only so much I can do to improve it (especially since the owner wouldn’t approve my request to paint).

Looking at the kitchen, it screamed 80s. The most obvious factor, the wood cabinet pulls.

I got on Amazon.com and found the best deal on these Satin Nickel Cabinet Pulls. Much better!

Before:

After:

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After:

I removed all of the wood cabinet pulls, placed them in a ziploc bag, tucked them away in the back of an out of reach cabinet, and when I move out someday, I can simply put them back on the cabinets. But I bet even the landlord would prefer my cabinet pulls. 😉

Though if my current cabinet pulls fit my future cabinets someday… psshhh… I’m putting back in the ugly wood ones and taking my pretty, shiny new ones with me!


Free Blockbuster DVD Rental (Text to Get Code)

Posted on February 22nd, 2012 by Freebie Felicia

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Possibly Free Blockbuster Express Rental this Weekend

Posted on February 10th, 2012 by Discount Debbie

Free movie this weekend at a Blockbuster Express kiosk!

Use code BIGGAME to get up to $1 off a rental through 2/12/12.

 


Free Blockbuster Express DVD Rental – Up to $3!

Posted on February 1st, 2012 by Freebie Felicia

Free blockbuster DVD Rental up to $3! Just send a text message to 39777 with one of the following words:

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Free Blockbuster Express Rental

Posted on January 26th, 2012 by Freebie Felicia

Find a local Blockbuster Express Kiosk and use code LOVE2RENT to save $1 off your movie rental. If you rent a $1 movie, it’ll be FREE for one night!


Rent Twilight Movie for Free

Posted on November 23rd, 2011 by Freebie Felicia

Use code TWILIGHTSAGA to rent a Twilight movie from your local Blockbuster Express kiosk. Expires November 30.


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