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The babysitting parents and I had the talk

September 24th, 2014 at 01:39 pm

Even though it's not for awhile, I spoke with the babysitting parents about moving out. Lately, I've felt more and more stifled and with missing my dog and SO and I getting closer, it just feels like it's time. I went with a Jan-Mar time frame which she seemed supportive of. She did ask that I make it after January (the dad will be in India). I agreed since I plan to start looking then. She also asked if I would be open to reverting back to our original arrangement of $10/hr for 3 evenings a week. While I was looking forward to gaining back my free time, this schedule wasn't terrible (especially when cheer isn't in season) and it will subsidize my rent allowing me to continue paying a fair amount to debt, so I believe that I will be open to it.

This will be my first time living completely alone (although I suspect SO will spend a great amount of time there too), so any advice on any aspect from apartment hunting to furnishing a place would be greatly appreciated!!

3 Responses to “The babysitting parents and I had the talk”

  1. snafu Says:

    Rule of thumb, keep housing costs no more than 28% of net income all in which includes utilities like electric, heat, water ? Is the closet large enough to hold your stuff? Is there off-site storage? Is there a dedicated parking stall or on-street parking? Do you need a paid parking permit? I'd ask when the unit was last painted and carpet professionally cleaned and take a tiny flashlight to look in the back of the darkest cupboard for evidence of cockroaches or vermin.

    You will need to furnish apt., equip the kitchen, buy bedding, towels and even hangers. If family and friends have more stuff than they use or need, they may be able too offer blanket/quilt, dishes, pot or pan, hand tools etc. Initially, big upfront costs.

  2. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Check Goodwill for furniture. Also see if you can get invited to a local FB garage sale group. Take your time with furnishing - get the bare essentials first (bed, kitchen stuff, something to put clothes in) and then add other items as you have money and find good deals.

  3. Debt-free by Thir-ty Says:

    Thanks Snafu and Frugal Texan! I feel a lot better after your comments. While I do want a new bed. I currently have a bed, small couch, a dining table, and an armoire. I'll probably keep the bed for a couple of months. Last black Friday, I brought a set of pots and pans super cheap. A lot of the other stuff, I can probably get from my mom (she hoards stuff for the day we live on our own).

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