- 6 years ago
- Wedding: June 2012
FH and I are planning to move to the Newark, New Jersey area in July or August of this year, after our June wedding, for me to attend graduate school at Rutgers. Currently, we live in the Austin, Texas area with my mom in my childhood home (FH and I both grew up in this area and parents still live here). We’ve both lived on our own and with other people (including each other) in dorms and apartments before, but we moved to my mom’s house to save money during our final year of college.
Also – I’ve never lived anywhere besides my mom’s house, FH’s parent’s house, my dorm, and 3 different apartments within a 5-mile area. FH went away to college for the first 2 years before moving home (parents declared bankruptcy and he dropped out for a while to get a job and help them), so he’s lived out-of-state before (LSU in Baton Rouge).
So… the idea of moving across the country, 2000 miles away, is thrilling and frightening all at the same time. I’ve been trying to think of all the financial things we’re going to have to take care of with the move, and what to prepare for once we have moved.
I know we’re going to have to take care of:
– renting and returning U-Haul with car hitch
– lodging, food, and gas during the move (lodging where we don’t have friends to stay with)
– security deposit for apartment and utilities
– monthly bills: health, car, and renters insurance, cell phone, rent, utilities, mass transit passes, groceries, … others??
– eventually, NJ drivers license and car registration
And before we move up there:
– Find an apartment… we’re actively emailing complexes we’re seeing online, and I’m going to take a trip up there in May to see places and hopefully pick one (mom and bro might join me… I also have a lot of family in the area)
– Look for jobs… He’s looking to teach K-12 music and I’m hoping to find a position at Rutgers (or… if I must… a crappy part-time job at a mall or something, like I have now)
Am I missing anything? What else should we be planning for, financially or otherwise? I’ve never done anything like this before, so even though I feel like I’m well-prepared, I still have my doubts.