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Moving, Medical Issues, and Couple Goals

June 9th, 2016 at 07:23 am

Now that the wedding is behind us, we're looking forward to a few things. The most pressing is that our lease ends 8/5, and we have decided not to renew. The issue is that we have 3 animals. We'd love to find a townhouse or SFH to rent for a year until DH has the required 2 years commission income needed to buy a home, but it's very difficult to find someone willing to rent with one animal...let alone 3. We've only looked at 2 places so far. One told us it wasn't likely given the amount of interest he has from non-pet owners. The other place was run down and far too much of a fixer upper for us to commit to for a year. We're going to look at another next week. This one is slightly out of our ideal price range, but we could afford it. It has a huge backyard and a hot tub which would make for an amazing summer both for us and the animals. However, it would hinder our ability to save and pay down debt over the next year. Our backup plan is to upgrade to a 2 bedroom in our current apartment building. We've agreed that if we don't have anything by 7/10, then we'd sign a lease for a 2 bedroom where we are. More space and we'd be able to keep all 3 animals. The huge drawback is that we were really hoping to move to a place with a yard.

Another thing affecting our goals of saving/paying down debt is medical issues. I've been having chest pains for about 3 weeks. After finally going to the doctor, I find out that I have a chest fracture. We think it may have been the corset, but I'm still waiting for the doctor to speak with the radiologist before she determines how to proceed. In the meantime, they gave me some pain medicine which really helps alleviate the pain.

Now that we're getting back into our normal routines, DH and I are trying to get back to our previous fitness levels. DH has committed to no alcohol, no junk food, only water, and regular workouts until he drops 22 lbs. I said I'd join him, but I'm not doing only water (I don't drink soda or anything regularly, but I'm not limiting myself to just water). I can't really work out until I have a better idea of the medical diagnosis, but for now, I can certainly commit to eating better and helping hold DH accountable. We'd gotten a gym membership before the wedding. I'm going to drop mine as we have a perfectly adequate facility in our apartment complex, plus I prefer working out at home. He wants to keep his which I said is fine, but he must attend at least 3x/week. If he doesn't go 3 times every week, then he has to drop it. I'm debating whether we should join a few dietbets to really help motivate us.

5 Responses to “Moving, Medical Issues, and Couple Goals”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Yes, finding a place with animals is really tough. I would say not to go above your budget, even if for one year. Is there a reason you would need to upgrade to a two bedroom? I hope you heal quickly from the chest fracture!!

  2. debt-free by thir-ty Says:

    CCF, it's been fine in our 1 bedroom, but with 2 large dogs, it often feels stuffy...especially in the winter or when it rains constantly and they have no outlet for their energy. The 2 bedroom is only 100-200 more than what our 1 bedroom lease would renew at, so if we have to stay here, then we'd go with the 2 bedroom. My older lab was destructive for a month or 2 before the wedding because he got tired of the apartment being so small. He stayed with my mom for a bit, and then both dogs spent a week at a house with a large fenced-in backyard. Since then, he's been back to normal, but I don't want to coop him up again for a whole other year.

  3. Carol Says:

    So sorry about your fracture. Here's to speedy healing!

  4. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Ouch! The corset must've been *really* tight. I had bought one, but ended up not wearing it because the top showed over the top of my dress.

  5. rob62521 Says:

    Wow, sorry about the chest fracture.

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