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August 8th, 2012 at 03:40 pm

So we are beginning the process of moving. Ugh. Can I have some sympathy cheers?! Smile

We're moving to be closer to our jobs, so that we can spend more time with our children and each other. Unfortunately, it means that they will have to go to new schools and make new friends and we will have to start over as far as arranging their activities and sports.

All the Swimbabies seem to have good attitudes. I know it won't be easy and we will hit a few bumps, but we are together, and as a friend said the other day, "We're not in Syria." That's not meant to be offensive in any way, just to illustrate that so many others have bigger problems. We need to keep our stress in perspective!

As I've been researching things, it looks like our gas/electric bill could go down $100 a month or more. This is due to climate and size of the dwelling. We're eliminating a home phone, so we will pay just for cell phones and internet. That will save another $50 a month. And the garbage and water bills should be less in the new area. And of course there will be tremendous savings in commuting costs!

Seems pretty rosy, huh? Well... housing. Sigh. Housing. We are renting a place now and hope to buy in a year. And we're saving in the meantime, because *whew!!* a house will cost more in the new area.

But the property taxes in the area will be less (and non-existent during the year we rent), and one Swimbaby's activity will be less, and our insurance will be less,. So that's good, right? But wait! Another Swimbaby's activities will be significantly more expensive ($100 a month), and the story goes on and on... it's amazing the differences in prices for all kinds of things. Some more, some less, and I'm too tired to be keeping track of it all anymore. I've gathered rates for everything I can, and it's all within what I would consider a reasonable range. I'm eager to get the whole process of moving finished, just to see for sure how it all shakes out in the budget.

But that will likely be several months.

Sigh again.

6 Responses to “Moving”

  1. Looking Forward Says:

    Moving is such an energy drain. So you've got sympathy from me.

    Are you moving closer to me?

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    You have my sympathy. We are in our new home two hours east, but the start of school for the girls is just around the corner. The bills have not evened out yet; there are still things to buy for the new house, too.

  3. Swimgirl Says:

    LF: A little closer. But one of us would have to cross a bridge! But I have my Fastrak, so I can do that! Smile
    CCF: I have been thinking of you. It is a major energy drain. I'm just trying to think forward to November, when everything will be done and we'll be settled.

  4. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Moving ... ugh. Not my favorite thing in the world, and I've never had to move an entire family - just myself.

    Did you find a new job in the area you were looking at?

  5. snafu Says:

    Packing up, moving and putting it all away can be pretty stressful so it helps to move forward with a positive attitude. It's a terrific opportunity to purge all those thing you no longer use or love. It helps to use colored Sharpie markers to identify which rooms boxes belong

  6. North Georgia Gal Says:

    I feel your pain. I hate moving! But it seems that you have considered every possibilty and that is good. No surprises for you!

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