Thursday, September 29, 2011

Budget For Moving

When moving to a new apartment, you need to consider many different costs. For example, you need to consider the cost of renting a moving truck, and having movers if needed. Also, what new furniture and decor you will need in your new place. Lastly, adding up expenses such as turning off and on utilities will help you keep on a moving budget!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Halloween Driving

On Halloween night, the streets will be crawling with ghosts, goblins, witches, and many other creatures! Safely driving on this night is very important! Use these tips from - Do not use your cell phone or other devices. Watch the road! - Pay extra attention at crosswalks and intersections. - Do not pass other vehicles that have stopped in the roadway. - Drive below posted speed limit.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Gardening in Your Apartment

Buying organic can get expensive! But with a few hours of work you can have a garden of your own in your apartment! We found these tips from, all about container gardening.

- Check with your complex that they will allow container gardens on your patio or balcony.
- Research the plants you wish to pot and grow.
- Make sure the plants will get plenty of sunlight!
- Pick the right soil for the plants.
- Water and enjoy your labors!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Afford Your Rent

The Austin Tenants' Council provides these tips for what you can afford in an apartment for rent. Also, we provide an online rent calculator that can help you make the decision as well. After determining how many roommates there will be, consider how much rent each person can afford. Generally, 30 percent of a person’s income is considered an affordable housing cost. Other expenses such as utility bills, phone bills, and cable TV bills should be included in calculating what can be afforded. There are many up-front costs when renting such as security deposits, pet deposits, utility deposits, and installation charges. Except in an “all bills paid” unit, these items are extra. Ensuring that all roommates can afford to pay the rent and other expenses is the best way to avoid problems. Careful preparation and assessment of financial resources will prevent any roommates from getting in over his head and jeopardizing the other roommates’ credit and rental histories.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Help for Victims of Fires

From Fox Network in Austin- a compiled list of how to help with the local fires.


How to Help Fire Victims

Updated: Thursday, 08 Sep 2011, 1:15 PM CDT
Published : Monday, 05 Sep 2011, 11:58 AM CDT

Below are a list of agencies and groups that are collecting money and donations to help the victims of the Central Texas fires.

FOX 7 Food Drive

FOX 7, Clear Channel Austin Radio, Sonic Drive Ins and the Capital Area Food Bank are joining forces to help the victims of the Central Texas fires. Now through September 23rd bring a donation of nonperishable food items to any Sonic Drive In location. A Sonic car hop will accept your donation and you won’t even have to get out of your car. Help make a difference for victims of the Central Texas fires. Bring nonperishable food donations to any Sonic location for a quick and easy delivery today.

Most desired food donations are healthy, non-perishable items such as:
- Water, Gatorade
- Ready to eat meals preferably with pull up or pop tops, e.g. chili, stew, canned pasta w/sauce
- Single serving snacks such as protein or granola bars
- Lunchables or other single serving foods that do not require refrigeration
- Diapers
- Baby formula


Red Cross of Central Texas

You can donate to the Red Cross by visiting their WEBSITE or by calling 512-929-1250 or 512-928-4271. Or you can text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

Also you can donate in person or by mailing a check to:

American Red Cross of Central Texas
2218 Pershing Drive
Austin, TX 78723

Red Cross is looking or volunteers. If you would like to volunteer please call the Red Cross at 512-928-4271.

Austin Disaster Relief Network

To make a donation to the Austin Disaster Relief Network, visit their WEBSITE or mail a check to:

Austin Disaster Relief Network
P.O. Box 3817
Cedar Park, Tx 78630
Attn: Greater Austin/Bastrop Fire Relief Fund


Bastrop Christian Ministerial Alliance 512-718-0190
Austin Disaster Relief Network 512-331-2600
Red Cross of Central Texas (512) 929-1250


Red Cross of Central Texas (512) 928-4271.
Austin Disaster Relief Network (512) 331-2200
Brave New Books (512) 825-9142

PERSONAL SUPPLIES DONATIONS (new pillows, bed sheets, blankets, towels and toilettries)

Catholic Charities of Central Texas 651-6132
Trinity Zion Church @ 151 Shiloh Rd., 512-332-8661 or 512-332-8977
Brave New Books , 1904 Guadalpe, Austin (512) 825-9142
Cowboy Harley-Davidson of Austin , 10917 S IH-35 (512) 448-4294
Cabela's , 15570 S IH-35, Buda (512) 295-1100


Austin - Capital Area Food Bank 8201 S. Congress Avenue, Austin , TX 78745 (8-5 p.m. or leave in boxes on dock outside of those hours)
Georgetown - Caring Place 2000 Railroad St. Georgetown, TX 78627, 512-869-4735
Round Rock - Round Rock Serving Center 1099 East Main St. Round Rock, TX 78664, 512-244-2431
Round Rock - SVDP Round Rock 620 Round Rock West Round Rock, TX 78681, 512-255-2330
Wells Fargo Bank at 2028 E. Ben White Blvd 794-4966
11880 Old 2243 West Suite 600
Leander, Texas 78641
Giddings Food Pantry, 190 North Harris, Giddings, TX


Old Wind's/Dollar General Store, 210 Main St, Smithville, TX
Zion Church, 151 Shiloh Road, Bastrop TX, 512-308-9344
St. Vincent de Paul South Congress Store, South Congress Ave, Austin, TX, 512 442-5652, 1327
St. Vincent de Paul Yager Collection Center, (512) 238-6737, 18 West Yager Ln, Austin, TX
Rundell Business Park at 704 Hwy 71 West (11 a.m. to 8 p.m.) 512.332.8661
VFW Hall in Elgin, 118 Old Sayers Road, Elgin, TX 78621
Palm Valley Lutheran church, Round Rock (512) 255-3322
Burnet County Sheriff's Office, 1601 E. Polk (512) 756-8080
Spicewood Community Center, 7901 County Road 404, (830) 693-6574

YMCA Offering Free Child Watch for Bastrop-Area Residents

Beginning Tues., Sept. 6, 10am - 5pm

Ages: Potty-Trained & Older

Location: Bastrop Christian Church
1104 Church St.

Contact: Terry Moore: (727) 643-2977

The YMCA of Austin is providing free child care for Bastrop-area families with trained, licensed staff so parents can handle urgent family business while kids enjoy recreational time in a fun, safe environment. Space is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The service will continue for a limited time through the duration of the wildfire crisis.


All three Z'Tejas locations in Austin (6th Street, Arboretum & Avery Ranch) are collecting Toiletries, Bottled Water, Non-perishable food items, Towels, Trash bags, Work Gloves, Clothing and Flash Lights with batteries. There are boxes at the entrance to each location, and we are accepting donations through Friday night. We will deliver the items to the designated drop-off areas on Monday, September 12.

Austin Dirty Dog

Austin Dirty Dog is accepting pet related donations at all locations: dog/cat food, cat litter, crates, toys, towels, etc

Texas Lost Pines Riding Club

Please drop off feed for livestock at the Texas Lost Pines Riding Club. People are there to accept hay, grain, and any

feed as well as buckets, feeders, etc.

Texas Lost Pines Riding Club
186B Hwy 995
Elgin TX 78621

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Sunday, September 4, 2011

Fair Housing Claims

If you feel you have been discriminated against as a renter of an apartment, the Fair Housing Council of Greater San Antonio is who you can turn to for help. They are your advocate for victims of housing discrimination. Keep in mind, the deadline to file a federal complaint is 1 year from incident, and for a civil lawsuit 2 years.