Long time no see! Even though I had a week off work, these past few days have been terribly quiet on the blog front. That’s because I’ve finally decided to move out of my parents’ house for good after 25 years. Even though I spent most of my time at university away from home, I decided to relocate back to my old room while searching for a job.
As it turns out my field of employment is almost exclusively based in Brussels, which is almost a two-hour train commute away from my hometown. That’s almost four hours every single day! Even though trains provide the luxury of being productive on laptops, four hours is too much.
Furthermore, most of my friends were still living near my university and much closer to Brussels. As a result I was constantly going back and forth between work, home and friends. Something had to change. Moving was, for me, the only option, even though it meant giving up my awesome savings rate.
I am happy to report that the entire operation went swimmingly – apart from one of my monitors that was killed in action and sent to Dell for repairs! Because my parents and sister helped me move the bulk of my stuff over past Saturday, I had the entire week to clean my new place and rebuild my furniture. My friend moved in the same day and together we made sure that the kitchen had an ample supply of
beer food and that the bathroom was fully equiped.
Boring! Here are some pictures of my new room:
As you can see, it’s still a little rough around the edges, but I plan to fix that this weekend. I have to finish some of the cable management behind my desk and television, put up some decorations, clean everything again and put my clothes on hangers in the room behind my desk.
So what does all of this mean financially? I’ll probably be €500 more out of pocket every month, which reduces my savings rate by approximately 25% to 50% on average. The rent I payed my parents for my old room almost completely transfers over to my new apartment, but now I’ll have to pay my own utilities, internet access, home insurance and food.
A shorter commute sadly doesn’t mean reduced spending since my employer pays for all commute expenses. Even though my railcard used to cost over €2,500 every year and it now costs a mere €1,000 that doesn’t affect me financially. Quite the contrary! Because I now live 25km away from work I can take my bike when the weather is nice. I expect non-reimbursed maintenance costs to be around €25 every month.
Of course, that’s what I expect based on estimates my friends throw around and on my own gut feeling. I hope to give you guys a nice overview at the end of the month. Let’s hope I stay above the 50% goal! For now, enjoy this picture of my best friend’s teddy bear who is living with me and eating all my stuff since Tuesday. Sadly he couldn’t join her to Ireland to pursue a job opportunity.
Thanks for reading! Now I have to read through all of your awesome posts from the past week. Also, bonus points if you know who is guarding my collection of PlayStation 3 games next to the large window!