Money has been on my (mad) mind a bit…you know, ever since I upped and quit my job a few months ago. Sure, I got a new job (with a handsome boss) but the pay is lots less than what I was making before. And in truth, money has always been something I’ve thought hard about, even as a little girl. I can get all ninja psychoanalyst on you and tell you the root of why I feel the way I do, but we all know you’ve got better things to learn. Since you’re already here though, I thought I’d start a running conversation about some ways I am trying to cut spending, save greenbacks, but still live life in between. This is also a placeholder for me to improve and evolve, since I don’t have my crap together or my life figured out just yet. Bare with me.
Today’s topic: Our move
Moving is, generally speaking, expensive. And ours was no different. See, we sold our house for $20k less than I bought it in 2004 and didn’t make any money from the sale. In fact, we consider ourselves extremely lucky that we didn’t have to PAY IN like so many folks have had to do. Then, there was the cost of moving supplies, the gas guzzling cross country road trip, the going away parties, and lunches to say goodbye. On top of all that, we moved to a substantially more expensive city as far as rent, groceries, and even clothes (they are taxed!) go. Obviously, we got in the Colorado spirit of things by purchasing tabs and licenses and all of that really annoying fee-laden stuff. In addition, we moved into our apartment and realized we needed to buy a microwave, shower curtain, desk and chair and other random apartment-y goodies.
Oh and the real kicker? We now have to fork over at least 4 hundred bones any time we want to see our family. Ouch.
So, this is how we are combating the money black hole that is Our Move:
Remember when we sold my car? Thankfully, that put a shiny (oooh, I love shiny things) chunk of change in our quickly collapsing pockets. It paid for our move and gave us a sizable buffer to work with once we transplanted ourselves in CO. And now, we only have one car to insure, which is also adding a teeny tiny bits of green back into our lives. It was a sacrifice we made to afford moving across the country and starting over.
Now, we just have to work on affording Life After The Move. I’ll get to that.
Is money making you mad and how are you fighting back?