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The Autobiography of Russell
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Plans, plans, plans.
My manager at Papa Johns decided to make this my last week, so March 3rd will be last day. I'm going to take my sister, and possibly brother, to St. Louis on the 4th to see the Arches and a sight-seeing cruise.

I decided to head up a little earlier than originally planned since I won't be working the next week so that I have time during the week to look at apartments. I've picked out a hotel in Amarillo, TX for the 6th, and another one in Las Vegas, NV for the 7th and 8th. I'll make the reservations as soon as the company gets back to me Monday. If I don't have an apartment by the end of 9th then I'll need to make other sleeping arrangements, which will be interesting.

As far as apartments go, I'm not looking for too much. I'd like one with at least washer and dryer hookups because the whole "paying two bucks a load" to wash my cloths doesn't sit well with me, especially if I have several loads (whites/towels, clothes, and bed sheets). I'd also like a dish washer, but that won't be a deciding factor. Oh, and two bedrooms so my guests can have their own room (No, I don't know who I would be having as company, but I am keeping it open as an option), or simply as extra work room *shrug*. Oh, and it should be less than 30, preferably less than 15, miles from work. With all that in mind, it looks like I'll be about 700$ a month.

More on all this as it happens.

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raist_ From: raist_ Date: February 25th, 2007 06:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Tips from someone who's done it.

Moving is more expensive then it may appear. Be frugal between now and then. Most apartments require a security deposit (usually a month's rent) up front, and possibly pay the first month's of rent at the door in addition. If you havn't gotten paid yet by said company, this can make things difficult.

If you can deal with sleeping in a car for a couple of days, I highly suggest it. It's a lot cheaper.

2 bedroom apt. may be rare, especially since it's in high demand for couples with children. And washer/dryer hookups are even more rare as a rule. And even if you can find them, they're going to cost more.

On a side note, in the past I've had washers that actually hooked up to the sink while you washed clothes, then you unhook it and push it back into a corner somewhere. They work well. (You'd still have to hang up laundry to dry though) Washers and dryers aren't all that cheap either.

Dish washers are truly a luxury; if you find one, nifty. But don't count on it, and your landlord may jack up the price a lot for one too.

Try talking to other residents in the building; get their opinions on the place. Find out how the landlord is about making repairs, state of the apts, etc. Check out the apartment; look for problems.

Personally, the places you'll want to rent are the ones where utilities are included for a cheaper-then-paying-it-yourself rate.
zimzat From: zimzat Date: February 25th, 2007 07:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
The thing I wonder about about sleeping in a car is where I would park while sleeping. Another thing is where I would shower in the morning. As for the hotels, I've gone for fairly inexpensive hotels so I'll be spending about 150$ (including taxes and whatever other fees are attached) the three nights.

I've actually seen a dish washer that hooks up to the sink, but I didn't know there are also washers that can do that too. I imagine it takes a while longer than a regular hookup to fill up the tub. But yeah, a dish washer is definitely not a deciding factor unless it's only a minor difference in rent or distance from work.

One of the places I saw offered washer, dryer, and dish washer for about 670$ a month. I do wonder about the neighborhood, upkeep, etc, though, so regardless I'll be checking them all out personally before deciding.
raist_ From: raist_ Date: February 25th, 2007 08:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yep. I had a washer that hooked up to the sink faucet. It honestly didn't take nearly as long as you might think it would. I didn't notice a great deal of difference. We had drying racks for drying though, and I have to admit that not having a dryer (or using the laundromat one) is definately a money saver. I went through college that way.

I do like dryers for getting most of the wrinkles out of my silk and other dress clothes though.

I've done a fair amount of traveling over the years, usually solo, and often on a very tight budget.

You kind of have to live with not showering, although many truck stops do have showers where you can pop in a few quarters, shower, and carry on your merry way.

The usual places I stop to sleep at are well-lit and trafficked rest stops, occasional fast food joints (the cops usually wake you up eventually and tell you that you can't park here), or high-quality gas stations (the little hick gas station with one overhead light is usually right out, although it's happened before).

If you were coming across a bit northerly, I could give you a better idea of where to stop. Smaller, nice towns are usually much safer then large cities for this sort of thing.

$670 isn't bad for those three, but it could be a shithole. (Most shitholes dont usually have dish washers though)

It is worth noting that you'll likely use more water with a dish washer, as well as more electric, so your utilities will be higher.

Also, on a side note, you may likely have to pay installation/hookup fees (sometimes as much as a full months' service) for utilities. Phone lines are really nasty about this i've noticed, but other companies have been known to do it too.
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