Would you live in a dark apartment to save money or pay more for sunlight?

posted 11 months ago in Money
Post # 2
317 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

Buy a nice lamp and save the money with the cheaper place.

Post # 3
1314 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2020

I would definitely take the darker place considering it has so many other pros. Have you tried artificial sunlight or other products to help with your SAD?

Post # 4
7261 posts
Busy Beekeeper

Yeah I’d move to the cheaper place! Your current situation sounds dreadful. Get one of those seasonal lamp things and just tell yourself there’s a light at the end of the tunnel in the form of that beautiful place you’re gonna buy in 12-18 months.

Alternatively, is there another place you could find that’s cheaper and has more of a view?

Post # 5
645 posts
Busy bee

goldenbrown :  I have a tendency toward SAD, and as soon as I saw your title…my first thought was Nooooooo!! Don’t do it!!

So…count me in the pay for sunshine category!

Post # 6
134 posts
Blushing bee

goldenbrown :  If it’s definitely temporary, I’d probably do it. I lived in a basement apartment (aka “garden level”) for 5+ years…but I also barely spent any time in my apartment (was either at work or out), and it got dark so early where I lived, it wouldn’t have made much of a difference. Even if I wasn’t in the basement, it would have been dark when I woke up and dark when I got home from work for a large part of the year.

It really wasn’t bad. I honestly was more bothered by all the noise above me than the lack of light. When I moved in with my Fiance though, I was VERY excited to get the top floor in our building. 

If you do go this route, I would make sure you have great lighting in your apartment and maybe check out those SAD lamps?

Post # 7
8814 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2017 -  California

The main reason we chose our home was because of its huge windows and amazing light, so I get it. But for 12-18 months, I’d suck it up and save the $.

If you’re feeling down, can you just take a walk to a nearby coffee shop or park?

Post # 8
524 posts
Busy bee

I didn’t read the whole post. But I know how being in a dark environment negatively affects me psychologically. It is definitely important for me to have enough light, but if this isn’t a problem for you then it’s not an issue 😊

Post # 9
2517 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I’d move! Especially since the plan is to save and buy a place. 

Post # 10
165 posts
Blushing bee

The obvious answer is the second choice. Just put some curtians up if you dont want to look out the window lol

Post # 14
191 posts
Blushing bee

The apartment me and Fiance are currently living in has very little natural light, the only view we have is the adjacent apartment building, and the bedroom has no windows. We’ve been living here for 2+ years and I’m sick of it. I did spend a lot of time at home at one point (working on my PhD from home) but I’ve gone back to working at the university again so the lack of natural sunlight doesn’t bother me as much now. The windowless bedroom though… ugh.

So it depends on whether you spend much of the day at home and if it’s definitely going to be temporary. But being able to save an extra 12 grand a year staying in a bigger place would sway me towards the cheaper option for sure.

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