Whew! All the boxes are unpacked (Well, 95%) and the cable guy came by today. I have been pretty unhappy with my telephone provider for the last year, with them double-billing me for 4 months and then disconnecting me last week on Thursday instead of the requested Saturday. On top of that I still don’t have a dial tone. I had set up an appointment for Cable TV previously for today since I had to be home when they came. He showed up on time (plus), installed my cable tv promptly (plus), and afterwards I asked him about Cable High-speed internet. It was priced about the same as my DSL, and he said he could hook me up right then and there. Sold!
I have been unhappy with Comcast before due to their annual rate gouging, but hey, it’s works and I already have a regular TiVo.I even got a discount since I was now technically an “existing customer”.
Now let’s take a look at moving expenses:
Deposit lost for breaking previous lease: $1000
Extra overlapping rent for new place: $550
Moving expenses for heavy items: $275 + $40 tip = $315
Boxes: Free from local supermarket (ask the produce guys)
Packing and moving smaller items: Done by ourselves.
Miscellaneous stops to Home Depot for junk/cleaning: $50
Additional money charged for last apt. cleaning & “damage”: $200
Looking forward, our rent increased $50/month, and we no longer get cable for free, so that’s another $50/month, for a overall increase of $100/month. All other expenses should stay the same, although I am hoping to save on the heating bill since we now have a separate thermostat and heater in each room. I also plan on installing flourescent light bulbs. Our new landlord is pretty chill so hopefully that will result in less stress, which is priceless (I had to work in that MasterCard thing somehow).
By Jonathan Ping | Frugal Living | 2/1/05, 6:19pm