Posts tagged with: moving expenses

Our New Life in Full Affect

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The last month has been a blur.  Today is my one month anniversary on my new job.  It is going great, and I am LOVING what I do. The wait was worth it to find the perfect position and the perfect company. I am so grateful.

Let me fill you in on what has been happening:

  1. Worked 40 hours per week in the office at my new job.
  2. Continued to work 25 hours a week for one of my part time jobs.
  3. Continued to work approx. 10 hours a week for my other part time job.
  4. Continued to school the kids – we are meeting twice a week (Sundays and one night a week) with intermittent study times together at night when the kids get stuck. It is definitely not ideal.  I’m going to have to re-evaluate our curriculum for the fall. But we will finish the school year in the next month and move on to a lighter schedule for the summer.
  5. Gymnast is going to gym (1 hour away) twice a week and soccer less than a mile away, 3 days per week.  He needs the energy outlet.  He is gone for the week with cousins to FL — this is why I wanted to move near family.
  6. Princess is playing basketball and has gotten involved with the youth group (that’s a first for her.)
  7. Sea Cadet continues to work at the movie theater he transferred with from Virginia, and looks forward to returning to VA the first week of June where he will spend the summer working as the Senior Boys Counselor at the same camp he worked at last year.

If you have done the math…I’m putting in upwards of 70 hours a week at work.  Oh, and I forgot, I’m starting every day with an hour in the gym.  It’s been life changing.  It’s been a whirlwind!  But I do have some exciting news…

We have rented a house!!!!  And you will not believe my rent…it is only $650 per month!!!!  I can’t believe it.  It is exactly the reason I wanted to move here.  We have not moved in yet, because frankly we don’t have furniture. Sea Cadet is staying there now on some old furniture family gave us, but we don’t have any beds.  Our stuff will be delivered by Upack on Tuesday so we can start making it home.  I have decided to move all the way in (we haven’t unpacked our stuff in over 2 1/2 years) and make it home.  We are all excited.  But it’s going to be a while before Gymnast, Princess and I move in while I watch for good deals and save money to get beds.

Our new home is 3 bedrooms, 1 1/2 bath, small manageable yard with just enough space for the kids to play.  Really, the only two things I am going to miss right now are 1) a dishwasher and 2) being able to have pets.  But all in due time.

A monthly budget is on the horizon.  I’ve just gotten my first full paycheck so I have a better idea of what my take home will be.  I did use every bit of my savings to get into the house.  I have to pay a $500 deposit, $650 first month’s rent, $250 to the city to turn on utilities and about $100 for a few odds and ends to get us started (toilet paper, broom, mop, cleaning supplies and a shelving unit to create a pantry in the laundry room.)

Princess and I return to Virginia this weekend for her to get her braces off.  It will be a quick turn, and it is the last trip we have planned. My new job has already agreed to let me work remotely while I travel, which thrills me to no end!


Tips for Moving on a Budget

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moving company truck

By Noel Finley

I’ve moved a lot in my life and one thing I learned early on is that moving costs can turn out to be a nasty surprise. It’s unbelievable how many homeowners, including myself, fail to take the cost of moving into account. Then when the bill comes, not only is it a surprise, it’s a struggle to pay it. If you are moving on a budget, here are some of the money saving tips I have learned over the years.

Shop Around

All moving companies weren’t made equal. Shop around and find the best price you can get. There are often huge differences in what a company will charge. Take into account any added extras along the way. These ‘extra services’ can really hit your wallet.

Provide Your Own Packing Materials

Packing doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. Instead of leaving this to the professionals, gather boxes and bubble wrap yourself. If you really want to reduce your costs, use the boxes left over from Christmas or get them from a store that’s throwing them out. You can also use layers and layers of newspaper instead of bubble wrap.

Take Smaller Items Yourself

Moving companies will charge by the size of the vehicle or the number of vehicles they need to move your life to the next neighborhood. Take smaller items by yourself. In other words, pack any smaller items you can into your own car during the move. You would be surprised at how much you can get into a car, and doing so will ensure you minimize the price you pay to the moving company.

Choose the Moving Date Wisely

The vast majority of moves occur between the months of May and September. This is where moving companies can really charge a premium for their time, and they most definitely don’t turn down the opportunity. If you move during the peak moving times when trucks and crews are already fully booked, you’re going to have to pay a premium price for your move. If you have the option, pick a moving date in the wintertime when many movers are desperate for the business. This will give you the power to negotiate a much better deal and save a lot of money.

Take What You Need Only

Before you begin packing, edit the household items that you own. Don’t waste time trying to take absolutely everything to your next residence. The extra cost of moving stuff you aren’t going to be using or will only end up in storage simply isn’t worth it. Instead, plan ahead and make some money from them. Sell them for cash months before and use this cash to fund the move and to purchase items you may need when you arrive at your new home.

(Photo courtesy of Jeremy Rempel)


Relocation Expense vs Signing Bonus

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In my defense I haven’t sought a new “job” in almost 14 years.  I’ve written before about how off my resume was at the beginning of this one and Faye from LeapofFaye.com jumped in and saved the day.  And really, truly it was saving the day…I think to date I’ve had 8 first interviews for what I thought were ideal jobs.  I count myself blessed with every single call I get from an application or recruiter.

But now I think, rather hope, I am coming to the end of several application processes…multiple interviews done, references checked and reviewed,  interviews with CTOs done…etc. etc.  What I haven’t been prepared for were questions regarding “What do you expect?”

I mean I’m good with my salary requirements question…and throwing in the request for a full benefits package, that’s coming pretty naturally.  The thought of a paid day off, a paid vacation, well, that’s what dreams are made of!

But what other requirements do I have…and thus we come to Relocation Expenses vs Signing Bonus.  I’ve pretty much been clear with companies that if I need to relocate…well, they have to pay for it.  And then I was told this…

  1. Relocation Express – A budget is set at the beginning of the process, but I have to cover the costs upfront and then be reimbursed.
  2. Signing Bonus – Paid up front but taxed upfront, possibly at a high tax bracket?

So my question…what are your thoughts, have any words of wisdom for me on this front?

Relocation Expenses vs Signing Bonus – which would you choose? Pros and cons of each?  Any words of wisdom greatly appreciated!


Moving Update – One Week Away

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Exactly one week from today we will be moving into our new space…cutting down from 1800 sq ft to 900 sq ft.  I am SO PROUD of how well my kids have gotten on board with this move and the minimizing and purging we have been doing over the last six weeks since this move became a reality.  So here’s where we are at today, one week from move day.

  • Little Gymnast and Princess rooms are completely empty.  They have moved into my room, just as we will be living in the apartment.  We have a king size bed and a twin mattress on the floor.  (At this time, I am also taking a double mattress that slides under my kind size bed just in case we need our own space ie they fight too much on who sleeps where.)
  • All of us have packed all of our clothes except for 3 outfits which we will use for the next week.  There is one exception to this, History Buff and Sea Cadet are attending their first Cotillion dance of the season on Saturday so they kept out their suit and dress shoes for that event.)
  • Every closet has been cleaned out and packed.
  • Every bathroom cabinet has been cleaned out and packed.
  • The twins room is down to bare bones with just their twin mattresses on the floor and their clothing (three outfits and suit each.)
  • The living space is all packed up except for computers, tv and video games.
  • My “office” area (in my room) is beginning to get purged and packed.  I will get it down to just computer and desk by Friday.  Lots of digitizing and shredding going on along with testing electronic equipment and matching it with all cords in ziploc bags for packing.
  • The kitchen will get packed over the weekend.  We have purged all the cabinets so the only items remaining are those that we will live with, but I am keeping those out as long as possible so we can continue eating at home and using up the food we have here.

All items packed and ready for move are labeled and stacked neatly in the garage for easy loading into the moving truck next Tuesday night.

I think we are ready and very prepared for a stress free, as stress free as moving can be that is, move next week.  And I am proud to say that the only money spent in getting to this place is as follows:

  • 1/2 dozen rolls of packing tape at $3 per roll = $36
  • 3 trips to the dump @ $24 – someone had given me $12 when they moved = $12 (uses convenience coupons you have to purchase)
  • Gas for 12 trips to thrift stores = $0 (negated by receipts for donations)
  • Boxes (From curb of neighbors on recycling days and twins dad’s job) = FREE
  • Garage Sale (advertised for free on Craigslist and Facebook, no signs or newspaper ads) = FREE

Total $48

And we have easily made that back in our garage sale, donation and bartering. We are ready!


Completely Blown Up

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My budget is completely blown for this month and probably next as well.  Why you ask?

The house needs to be painted, and power washed, landscaping cleaned up and prettied up, two inside doors need replacing, and the list goes on and on and on.  I mean, like 20 things that need to be done around here that I cannot do.  While my dad said he would take care of getting the house ready to sale once I moved out, I don’t feel right leaving him with that.  It’s our mess (it’s not really a mess, just day to day living and things you do to sell a house) and we should be responsible for it.  So I’m doing my best to get most of it done before we move out.  So when he comes into town a week later…voila, it’s ready to go on the market.  At least that’s my goal!

So while I hoped to put up a new monthly budget either this week or next, well, it’s going to have to wait at least a couple more weeks so I can get this housework done.  All but minimum debt payments are on hold until we move out.

Now the bright side…my “deal” for moving into the apartment is that I get October free and 1/2 of November free.  So hopefully, I will catch right back up with my momentum, not to mention all the monies from the sale of stuff and we will be on track or maybe *crossing fingers a little ahead.

Look for a new proposed budget closer to move date.  I did get the “average” utility costs from the apartment management so I can plan that way.

 


Roommates?

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The roommates are moving out. OK, I know I said that before… but this time I mean it?

Well, my husband and I thought they were moving out. They closed escrow on March 3rd. Made sense right? You own a home. You move into it.

Or not.

My brother and his wife (our roommates) have decided to remodel the home before moving into it – and it’s not a simple job either. They have moved load bearing walls, tore out the kitchen completely, moved a wall in the master bedroom, removed the fixtures in the master bathroom, and removed the floor coverings.

These things are kinda important to have put back together BEFORE moving in.

So, we still have roommates.

Knowing they ARE moving out sometime in the next 2-3 months makes taking their rent check pretty darn easy.

I’ll miss that check when it’s gone *cough* I mean, I’ll miss THEM when they are gone.