(Closed) Pay up or suck it up?

posted 5 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: Would you break your lease for a better commute?

    Pay up- time is worth more than money!

    Suck it up- $4000 is a lot of money!!

  • Post # 2
    9127 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

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    ssaadi:  10 months is a short time in the grand scheme of life – I would personally suck it up for now. 

    Post # 3
    4239 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    The commute would suck but I would stay where you are because $4000 is a lot.  I drive about an hour each way for my commute (which includes traffic) and though it stinks we make it work.

    Post # 4
    434 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2016

    It really depends on you. Can you live with comute for 10 months? Will you live be better with not having the comute. At the end of the day it is only money. Your time and nerves maybe worth a lot more the the $4K. This is a you descion. 

    Post # 5
    7398 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

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    ssaadi:  I’d suck it up for now. I’m assuming your penalty is based on how many months you have left in your lease? If so I’d try and tough it out for at least the next 5-6 months and see how it goes. Worst case scenario you can’t make it the full 10 months, you’d be paying half of what you would be if you broke now and every little bit helps. 

    Post # 6
    1296 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2018

    I spend roughly 3-4 hours commuting a day – depending on how many idiots have caused accidents on the motorway on a given commute. It is tough – 35 miles one way to one office, and 70 to the other – but working from home two days a week helps me deal.

    Also my OH works in the opposite direction so when we were flat hunting it made sense to stay near our parents as it’s kind of middling. He’s looking to join the police so if he does that or changes job, we can then reassess our location.

    You’ll just need to be organised. Definitely meal plan (even better if your fi will cook whilst you’re on the way home!), set aside some time at the weekend for chores. Accept that for the first couple of weeks it will be physically and emotionally draining. If you’re a gym fan, can you find a gym near the office and leave earlier, as you should avoid some traffic (if traffic is going to be an issue)?

    Post # 7
    3607 posts
    Sugar bee

    A one-hour commute each way on a good day sounds rough. I would think of the cost of breaking your lease as $2700 rather than $4000 because you’re going to have to pay the moving costs in 10 months anyway if you move closer to your work, so those shouldn’t be a factor in this decision. I would absolutely take the $2700 hit in order to save myself a 2+ hour commute every single day. Yeah, it’s a lot of money, but your sanity and mental health is worth more.

    Post # 8
    2871 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

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    ssaadi: $4 / day for 5 workdays / week for approx. 43 work weeks is a little less than $1k in tolls. 

    If you’re saving tolls by moving, the true cost of moving is only $3k. 

    But! What is the cost of a closer place? Can you get a cheaper place? If so, you could break even or end up ahead. 

    Post # 9
    1160 posts
    Bumble bee

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    ssaadi:  give it a go for a while but if it gets too much I’d move. I used to commute an hour and a half each way and it was ok at first but after a while I was just tired and you end up missing so much of your evening time because you get home so late and then have to go to bed sooner because you have to be up extra early and because the driving is tiring

    Post # 10
    1047 posts
    Bumble bee

    I’d suck it up. 10mos is really nothing. 

    Post # 12
    3534 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2015

    I would pay the penalty and move.  Just tolls alone for the next 10 months is $800, not to mention miles on your car and gas (and the time/frusteration).  You are going to be moving in 10 months anyways, may as well do it now.

    Post # 13
    2673 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    it’s all a matter of perspective, but 60 miles round trip doesn’t sound that bad to me. I also wouldn’t want the hassle of packing, moving, and unpacking again when I had just done it 2 months ago…especially in combination with just starting a new job. 

    Post # 14
    2445 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    My bff’s fiance commutes about an hour each way (also on a good day). He’s been doing it for about 10 months now and it’s definitely taken a toll on him but there’s just no way they’re moving closer so he deals with it. He recently purchased a hybrid electric car so he can at least drive in the carpool lane and that’s made a substantial difference. I say try it for now and if it really gets to the point where you can’t handle the commute, then you still have the option to move so it’s not like you’re stuck. But I think it’s worth saving $4000.

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