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

posted 10 months ago in Money
Post # 46
61 posts
Worker bee

Would it be possible for you to use some of the money you’d be saving to rent a desk in an office space? I’m not sure if there’s places like that where you are but i’ve heard of there being big open plan office spaces where people who work alone can rent

Post # 47
470 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2017 - State Park

I have SAD and it’s a huge deal how much my mood is impacted by light. 

That said, for the savings and how temporary it sounds (round up, figure two years)… get one or two of the best sun lamps they make and prioritize getting outside in the morning and afternoon. I know it’s easier said than done. But a 10-15 minute walk around the block twice a day can make a big difference for me. Go out for longer on the weekends and especially in summer. Sunrise alarm clock, too. You said you work from home, can you move that to a cafe or library with good natural light?

An easy route to $15k in the bank is hard to pass up. But SAD is no joke. If it were me, I’d probably go for it. 


Post # 49
60 posts
Worker bee

goldenbrown :  I think that the emotional unrest this is causing you should be a sign. And as a mother of two, the last place I want to be trying for a baby, carrying a baby, or bringing a baby back to, is a dark, depressing apartment—that’s bad for everyone.  There are always opportunities to save money on rent, but it’s a quality of life question. 

Post # 50
9107 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2016

As I sit in my dungeon office with no windows anywhere, I just wanted to say I feel you. You never realize how much you took natural light for granted until it’s taken away.

Post # 51
740 posts
Busy bee

I’ve had apts in NYC with and without sun/views and if I were you I would take the nicer place that’s cheaper. Take a walk after work every day around 3 blocks and you will be just fine. Being outside in the actual sun is better than having it coming in. 

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