Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Drive By Update

Well, it's been a while, hasn't it? Thanks for putting up with a few weeks of guest posts and silence while we get our lives together. Although I haven't been blogging about money, I've certainly been thinking about it. Here are a few of the financial things we've been dealing with:

- Movers have been booked and the deposit paid. The total cost (packing, shipping, delivery, insurance, etc) is around $4,000 right now. After looking more closely at the new apartment, I'm going to see if I can shave off a few unnecessary pieces of furniture (or pieces that can be replaced with used items for cheaper than it costs to move them). Despite the size of our library, most of what we're leaving behind are bookshelves - we found them all for free or cheap and none of them are absolutely fabulous. I'm still really relieved that we're hiring movers instead of driving ourselves in a Uhaul.

- Public transportation vs. a car. While getting around in Minneapolis is certainly possible via public transportation, I think we will probably end up getting a car. Peanut's been managing just fine getting to work, but the jobs I'm looking at are unfortunately not located right downtown, and I'm not sure I can face a 15-minute walk in sub-zero temperatures when winter hits. If/when we do get a car, it will be used, between $6,000-8,000 and paid for in cash.

- Cost of living. Peanut's salary dropped by about 20% (compared to the salaried position he had last year), mine might drop by as much as 40%. Our cost of living will drop by at least that much, and our standard of living will vastly improve, so it seems to work out. Still, it's kind of heartwrenching to think of the difference in my paychecks. I'm even more thankful now that we took one of the cheapest apartments we saw.

We're in the last long haul of our long distance relationship. The next time we see each other will be when I leave New York, suitcase in hand, on a one-way ticket. The next few weeks will be the most difficult, because I am so ready for this period of transition to be over.

What are you up to?


  1. You will get used to the winters. They're not really that bad. I grew up in MN and now live in ND. At least in the Minneapolis area, there isn't much wind. Moneyapolis manages without a vehicle and its worked for her. Congrats on the move!

  2. I'm with ND Chic. You'd be amazed at what some really practical clothing will do for you. I shop at REI for rain jackets, coats, layers, and shoes and it's worth every penny (at least when it's on clearance!).

    Good luck finishing your move.

  3. Good luck with the move! This is such an exciting time for you. I hope it all goes well :)

  4. With as many times as I've moved and as many ways as I've moved, I'm absolutely convinced hiring movers is the way to go. Good luck with the last bit of your transition!

  5. I would sell all of your furniture instead of moving it except for heirloom pieces and your mattress. EVERYTHING can be replaced from 2nd hand, thrift or yard sales cheaper than you can move it.
    We moved 5 years ago and have only 1 piece of furniture and 2 lamps that we had when we moved.

  6. I was always impressed the moneyapolis was able to not buy a car. I don not know anyone in the midwest who doesn't have a car, and even a 1 car family is not so much the norm. (many of my HS friends moved to msp, and my sister lives there.) Lesson learned, it is probably more possible than people think, but it is rare to even consider being carless.

    Good luck with the rest of your move! Yay for the end of long distance!

    (I always took the approach of running from my house to my car, my car to where I was going, etc... so warm clothing wasn't as much of a priority. :) )


Thanks for commenting!