Obviously Houston is a very big place and I am looking at places in the Southwest part of it. That is where I am working right now and my current place of residence is not convenient at all for me. I have a good bit of money saved up and I am thinking about whether or not I can afford to buy a small home. We are going to look at the total cost of the move and try to figure out what it will cost us to live in the specific place. This page for example helps you get a good idea of what it costs you to pay for your electric rates in a specific area. Obviously we get to choose between about three or four power companies in this area, but there is not a huge difference from one to the other. We are trying to figure out exactly how much it is going to cost us from the start of the process straight to the bottom line.
At any rate we are looking at this one place. There are quite a few problems with it, the big one is that it is not in the best area of the city. That has a huge impact on the value of the place and we are only looking at this place because we believe that we can probably fix it up after we get a really good deal on the place. The logic of it would go like this. We would have to pick the place up at a fire sale type of price and then we start to work on fixing it up and we hope that the rest of the area starts to improve. Other people are buying houses in this area and fixing them up it seems.
Moving to Texas for college has been one of the best ideas that I’ve ever had! That’s saying quite a bit considering most of my ideas are a bust. I found out that Texas has some of the cheapest energy providers in the nation: just click for info on how you can get cheap Texas energy! A good friend of mine is the one who suggested I should take a closer look at what Texas would have to offer for a potential student like myself. After discovering that I would be saving over $1,000 a month in living expenses I was practically out the door right then and there!
It’s admittedly something of a bummer that I’m forced into a situation where I have to choose between the quality of my education and the living expenses that I’ll be investing in while attending. In the United States it is apparently nearly impossible to have both a cheap living arrangement near a respected university, leaving many students like myself out on a limb as we try to find some balance between the two. Despite this, Texas State is one of the better schools in the nation with a program that suits exactly what I want to study.
Now that I’m going to be able to save the extra money a month I’ll even be able to pay off my student debt that much quicker. I’m going to pay for most of my books (if necessary) out of the money that I’m saving on rent and electricity while hopefully being able to put up for a class or two as well. I want to be able to leave college with as little debt as possible. It’d sure be wonderful if we lived in a progressive nation that believed in free education for the citizens.