Thursday, February 19, 2009

Sacrifices

No, I will not be sacrificing Ned, although there are indications that God liked that in the past. However, I think it would be frowned upon nowadays. Instead, I need to make some personal sacrifices. There is a school that I want to put Ned in for Kindergarten/Elementary this year and it is currently opposite his preschool. He could have before and after care at his current preschool and they escort them to the K/E school and pick them up again. Perfect arrangement, especially as I work in their office and get a lovely discount each week on tuition.

There is just one problem. We are not zoned for this school which means that we either have to apply for a variance, which the principal told me that it would be highly unlikely that it went through due to limited spaces, or move. I would like the second option because while my house is suitable, it is on the other side of the city to where I work and extremely old.

So I have been cruising the neighborhoods for the perfect house at the perfect price and yesterday I found one. Except it was not so perfectly $335 more than what I pay in rent a month now. $1200 per month to be exact. I contacted the property managers and haggled. They said they would go back to the owners and ask them if they would accept $1,000 per month because as they said, some rent is better than no rent. If I could get them to go $200 less that would be amazing.

Except for moving costs of course, not to mention the extra rent. But it is worth it for Ned's education. This school is one of the best in the area and I have to think about the long term. His tuition will decrease in the fall when he goes to Kindergarten. My car loan will be paid off in exactly one year. It is a better neighborhood and less of a drive for me to go to work. And I so want this house!

There are three bathrooms! Three! The yard is huge, appliances included, two car garage, three bedrooms (instead of the two I have now). I desperately want this house. I figure even if he says $1100 I should take it. My boss has kindly said he will give me 2 hours overtime every week without fail - basically whether there is work or not but with him, I know there will be. That is an extra $240 a month so I should take $1100 if they offer it, right? Right??????

I have so many people who would help me move but unfortunately none of them will pay the moving costs! So I have decided that even if I have to live without TV and the internet at home for a while I will do it. Sacrifices have to be made! Any other suggestions, tips, offers of money, reimbursement of moving costs, etc? The latter being more preferable of course!

15 comments:

Lou said...

Wow sounds like a great house. Fingers crossed they go for the $1000 a month, good luck.

Brit' Gal Sarah said...

It sounds right to me, especially when you weigh up all the advantages to the two of you...hope it all works out.

Stephanie said...

Isn't it unbelievable how expensive it is to move, even just across town? But it sounds like you have it worked out...here's hoping the landlords agree to the little break in rent. Sounds to me like it would be a small thing for them, but a big thing for you! After all, they're making zero dollars a month on it right now...
Good luck!

Amy said...

That sounds awesome, I hope it all works out for you.

Just find you a handsome bloke that owns a pickup truck, he can help you move..... :D

Bitsy said...

I couldn't see it yesterday, but today it is all good...

Anyways, I really hope the landlord pulls through for you on this. I know how much you want Ned at that school and I think it would be so great for you. I say if they go for $1100 that you take it and just find other ways to cut back. In the long run you will be happier that way :)

Fingers crossed for you!

SouthernBelle said...

Make big sad eyes at them while clutching your small child to your bosom, and they will cut the price for sure!!! It's the least they could do.

I hope it works out for you!!!

M said...

Ooh SB, I like your thinking!! The guy did seem impressed with my English accent over the phone, maybe in person it might have a better affect!

So n So's Mom said...

In the end it all works out. Or some crap like that. Sure it works out but the trip getting there can kill you. Listen to your heart, bargain hard, make a deal and move on. Good luck!

Z's Mom said...

If its really what you want....and it sounds like it is....then yes, make it work!

I got no ideas for you on the move thing.....but call around and get prices....or rent a truck and get your friends to help you move. I would if I were there!!! Really, I would...

Pollyanna said...

I think you'll kick yourself if you don't take this new rental! It sounds ideal for all kinds of reasons. I really hope it all works out.

Please keep us posted and also put up pics of the new digs, okay?

Shelly... said...

I would help you move if I lived closer! I have already moved 4 times in 3 years, so I'm a pro. Hope it all works out for you and if you get the house it sounds like you will have enough room for guests! ;)

FunnyGal KAT said...

Ahem, if the guy liked your English accent over the phone... and you have some experience with that job that used both the phone and your sexy English accent... I would think getting a rent reduction would be no problem at all! Just promise to call him once a week on whatever night his wife is out to-- ahem-- "pay the rest of your rent."

Oh, you wanted helpful, realistic suggestions? Nope, I'm all out.

kimmers said...

Good luck with the house!! That sounds like a great move for both of you. I'm crossing my fingers that they go for the $1000/month. :)

WheresMyAngels said...

Really, I think that is one of the biggest reasons to move, is to get your kid into the right school. That is how I am. I'm staying right where I am now (even though I hate being a live-in) because I am on the side of town I could never afford to live in and it has the best schools.

Live.Love.Eat said...

Good luck girl. I can only imagine the stress of trying to figure that all out.

 
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