- 5 years ago
- Wedding: November 2012
I need some advice. In August I took a new job about 62ish miles from my house. It’s a great job & I plan to be here for a very long time. With “normal” traffic it’s about an hour and a half.. and with BAD traffic/bad weather, etc. it’s taken me between 2-3 hours before. I do have the ability to work from home on bad weather days or if need be for a personal reason, which helps.
I don’t have a specific time that I need to be there, but I find myself waking up at 430amand rushing out the door in order to beat the traffic, and stressing the whole way there. I have terrible road rage and I really don’t do well in traffic, to put it lightly lol.
I would LOVE to move closer to my job, but my fiancé is pushing back.
CONS of moving:
-We only got our house about two years ago and he doesn’t want to take a loss due to the struggling economy
-We LOVE our house, we LOVE where we live. Great schools in the area. Very safe, very family friendly.
-It’s very very cheap to live where we are. As in, we can get a 4,000 square foot “mini-mansion” for about $250k. In the area I would like to be, that would EASILY be 1mil. Like I said, economy is struggling!
-The homes near where I would like to be are easily 100k-200k more expensive for the same thing we have now. It’s much closer to the major city.
-We could afford a reasonable sized home which will last us until retirement, and still have money left over.
-Right now, we have a lot of extra $$ at the end of the month because our mortgage is so cheap. Moving would reduce our expendable income (which in the future will go towards childcare and college savings)
-If we stay where we are now, we could probably afford for me to work part time once we have children.
PROS of moving:
-I can live within a reasonable distance from work and not have to wake up at 430am!
-I won’t be stressing about putting my future kids in daycare for 12+ hours a day.
-I won’t stress about traffic.
-Right now I spend about 3 hours a day in my car (if I don’t hit nasty traffic). That’s 15 hours a week. That’s 60 hours a month. Moving within ½ hour of my work could save me up to 40 hours a month of my life I could dedicate to other things.
-Gas savings. My car is efficient on gas, but I fill up every 4 days. Moving closer would reduce that.
-If we move soon we can get a house in that area for what we can afford, since prices are low right now. One the economy and housing market picks up, we won’t be as likely to get what we want for what we can afford.
What would you do? Move and risk spending a lot more $$ every month but enjoy being closer to work and having more free time? Stay and enjoy the comfortable standard of living and maybe be able to work PT?
Any tips on what I can do to make my life easier if we *do* stay? Is my 3hr a day commute reasonable or completely ridiculous? Thanks for reading..