TheFieryOne and I have been discussing what we want in an apartment when we move next month. The questions we ask ourselves include
1 – How much extra is it worth paying per month for laundry facilities inside our apartment?
2 – Are we willing to sacrifice how nice the apartment is for a couple hundred dollars of savings per month?
3 – How far should we really be from public transportation, knowing that we’ll use it more than our car?
4 – Is it worth it to purchase renter’s insurance?
5 – Are we willing to get rid of some of our furniture to be able to fit into something small?
Our answers have made it clear that we’re willing to make some sacrifices to save money on an apartment. Certainly, we don’t want to live in a hole, but we’re willing to live without a dishwasher or a washer and dryer. It’s likely that the apartment we choose will be either a house or a small complex. The bigger apt. complexes seem to be charging a premium that the smaller, one-off units don’t charge. Fortunately, craigslist makes finding the latter possible.
In the end, we want to live a comfortable, happy life, but we also want to save money where we can. If that means doing a little extra work up-front to find the right place, and sacrificing a few conveniences, that’s okay. We can think of a lot of good uses for the $2400-$3600 we’ll save. Namely, paying off student debt. Or perhaps European vacations. We’ll see.