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Moving - Update

January 27th, 2012 at 02:42 am

Went and tried out one of the U-Hauls today. We will have to get a 14', because of the third seat. Would be nice if we could just get the 10', as we do not have any big items at all. Our heaviest item is our dining small dining table. Next to that is the iMac haha.

Found out today that we will not have to pay the deposits like normal tenants do. This will save us over $300.

However, our dog just went into heat. Ack! And she is scheduled to get her goods taken out on the 6th. We will have to pay an extra $25, bringing her spay to $125.

I have budgeted $250 for gas. However, gasbuddy.com's trip calculator seems to think otherwise. It is estimating only $100 to get there and fill up. Always better to over-budget! Smile

We found out today just which unit we will be getting. Somewhat, at least. Rent will be $952/mo for a 1 bedroom unit. Better than the $900 for the studio that we originally thought we were getting. Also, since these are "green" apartments, the average cost for utilities (just power) is $35/mo.

Here are the floor plans of the 1 bedroom units:






All come with a bar or island w/ bar, washer/dryer in unit, patio, patio storage closet, walk-in closet, coat closet, granite counter tops, cherry wood cabinets, black appliances, ceiling fans, and our choice of an accent wall.

The studio we would have gotten would have had the options of choosing our colour of counter tops and cabinets, would have had stainless steel appliances, and wood floors instead of linoleum. But whatever. Smile

I, personally, like the second floor plan shown above. I like that the kitchen and dining area are separated from the rest of the unit, somewhat. We would most likely use the dining area to put our little one's crib and stuff in. Would be a good little nook for her, until we upgrade in a couple years (or so) to a larger apartment.

Total estimated moving costs: $1,720
Total estimated bills/mo: $1,560
Minimum estimated income/mo: $1,600

Now, this is definitely cutting it close! However, we will soon be getting rid of our texting plan ($30/mo), will not be driving as much (budgeted $40/mo for fuel), and will be getting at least 40 hours per week.

How I came to the estimated income was taking my hourly wage x 160 and subtracting 15% for taxes. Now, I highly doubt 15% will be taken out for taxes, because the most I've had taken was 5% when I made almost $23,000/yr. Not sure how exactly that equates, but okay!

Anyways... We should be fine. If not, we will make sure we will be. We found a plasma donation center up there, so that would help us get at least $40/wk. Also, my wife wants to - sometime down the road when we can justify the $100 startup cost - become a consultant for Scentsy. If you've never had a Scentsy... They are awesome. Smile

Alright, I think this post has rambled on enough. Wish us luck! Smile

9 Responses to “Moving - Update”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    I like that second floor plan better, too, since you have a child. Check out paycheckcity.com to calculate your estimated net paycheck. It will calculate your federal and state withholding, medicare and social security taxes, also.

  2. snafu Says:

    Good luck on the move. Please do the smart thing and not say anything negative about your former employer. Silence is better since you never know when something can come back and bite you! A very old saying...if you can't say something nice, say nothing.

    People who hear your negative remarks leave wondering if you might say something nasty about them sometime in the future. Some level of trust is lost...forever

  3. Frgal Says:

    You're right, snafu. Be the bigger man, right?

    I used paycheckcity.com. Smile $0.00 comes out for state, $35 (iirc) for Federal. Bi-weekly pay. Seems low. But eh.

  4. creditcardfree Says:

    No income tax in Washington...nice! That just happened to us here in the midwest, with military pay being exempt from state income tax. It helps.

  5. LuxLiving Says:

    Those u-haul trucks might burn more fuel (a guess) than a car so you are wise to overbudget a bit, here at least we had to fill up to return the truck too.

    Pack snacks for the road even if it's just celery sticks stuck down in a half empty PB jar, and have some water bottles on hand too.

    I rather like number two floor plan as well - never much liked walking into a kitchen first thing. I'd probably like plan three better if I could see a patio or balcony area.

    I'm so excited to hear of your new adventure!

  6. PNW Mom Says:

    Sounds exciting! Hope it all goes well! And yes....scentsy is wonderful Smile

  7. Frgal Says:

    PNW Mom - Isn't it?!

    We always have water (waterbobble.com). Little one has her own also. The trip advisor was based on 12 mpg. Our truck is rated at 10, but I'm sure I can squeeze out more, seeing as how I squeeze 126% out of our car. Smile
    We got floor plan 1. But at the higher-end building. For $4 less per month. So we get stainless steel appliances, wood floor, etc. Smile

  8. Jerry Says:

    Wow, that is terrific about the environmentally-friendly place offering some insurance of low utility bills! It looks like a lovely place and I hope that the new apartment and the new job lead to great things for all of you... Smile Jerry

  9. Frgal Says:

    Thank you, Jerry. I plan to do this until I retire. There is employer match 401(k). I am not sure of the percentage of the match, but having any is - to me - unheard of working in a field that does not require college.

    That is possibly the best part - being able to move out NOW, make money NOW, get the wife home NOW, and be assured that we will be able to homeschool out little one. Smile And, if I follow in my supervisors' footsteps, I could become a supervisor in as little as a year (typically five). Even at five years, though, it is still great. Making at least $20/hr, getting free rent. With the cost of rent included, salary ends up being around $60,000/yr. Not too shabby!

    Money aside, I am excited about the job itself. The opporutunity to learn and grow on a daily basis! And, if we ever want to buy a home, I would be able to fix almost anything if something went wrong. Smile

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