The Move

The Move is officially complete and I’m publishing this post from the Midwest. The last month has felt like a blur. With a bachelor party, grabbing dinner and drinks with friends/coworkers in the city before I left, actual work, cleaning my apartment, throwing junk away, donating clothing, and selling furniture (I ended up selling basically all of my furniture and netted about 440 bucks which I was pumped about), I’ve been quite busy.

Figuring out how to get myself and my stuff to the Midwest was stressful to say the least. I learned that moving companies price their one-way truck rentals based on supply and demand of each location. The big name truck rental companies wanted about $1,200 for a one way truck rental. I almost spit out my coffee when that popped up on my computer screen multiple times. Apparently they need trucks in the Northeast and don’t need them in the Midwest. If I wanted to drive a truck from Atlanta to NYC, it would of only been around $200. Renting a truck quickly fell off my list of ways to move.

So then the wheels started spinning in my head of what to do. I could rent a bigger car or SUV and drive it to the Midwest with my stuff. But then I would have to sell all my furniture. I ran into the same pricing issues with driving the truck rental one way. I’m way too frugal to spend an arm and a leg on a car rental to move my not-that-valuable crap to the Midwest.

Then the best plan of them all came. My sister volunteered to drive her SUV the 2.5 hours to my apartment in Manhattan and help me load it up and bring it to my parents’ house. I thought this was great idea, because it would really force me to pair down my stuff and then I could find a cheap flight to the Midwest and call it a move. I’ve been trying to welcome more minimalist qualities so this ensured that I would have to sell my furniture, donate a ton of clothes, and throw away stuff I didn’t use. This option was a win on all accounts.

This plan worked to perfection. I paid my sister for her gas and troubles, and took her out to lunch. I then booked a $150 flight out to my girlfriends’ in the Midwest (I also got upgraded to first class and was able to check three bags for free, that has to be a good omen for the move and relationship right?). The approximately $200 in moving costs definitely trumped the driving time and potential $1,200 plus gas I would have had to spend on a truck rental or $500 plus gas I would have had to spend on a car/SUV rental.

My parents are doing me a big one by letting me store a bunch of stuff at their house. I luckily (or unluckily, depending on how you look at it) have to come back to the Northeast about a half a dozen times this year for weddings and other events, and will fill a big suitcase every time I swing by my parents. Aren’t parents great?

The stress of the process was a pain, but I’m very happy the move is finally over and that it went according to plan. Now I can concentrate on living the Midwestern life, my girlfriend, and my FIRE goals.

Other happenings

On a side note, some of you saw my tweet a week ago about how an email saved me $2,000. Without going too far into the weeds, when I moved to NYC work loaned me $2,000 with the expectation that I’d pay them back when I moved out. Well that time came and HR emailed me to start figuring out my repayment plan. I obviously would rather keep the $2,000 for myself so I replied to the email noting that I didn’t think it was necessary for me to repay the amount for XYZ personal situation reasons. I didn’t hear back for about a week and then I got an email noting that forgiveness of the loan was approved and it’ll be treated as income, but they’ll foot the tax bill as well! It never hurts to ask people

My boss, who I discussed in my last post, took a group of us out to dinner for my farewell. It was a great time. The core group of guys I work with are the reason I haven’t left my company, even though I could make more elsewhere. We enjoyed a great dinner at a nice restaurant, with a few bottles of red. I felt appreciated which was nice and these types of events funded by work are something I’ll definitely miss when I leave.

I’ve had a string of good fortunes lately which I cannot deny. I hope I don’t revert back to the mean anytime soon with a string of bad luck. I hope everyone’s Mays are off to as good of a start as mine.

Any big life changes on the horizon? Anyone moving to another state?

53 thoughts on “The Move

  1. Brian @DebtDiscipline

    I’d say good luck, but sounds like you are already having some. 🙂 Other than the stress of figuring out your moving of your stuff, sounds like things are working out well. Enjoy the new location and the time with the girlfriend! Not major changes here, we are looking at colleges for our son and daughter and in 16 months or so they will both be college bound.
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  2. Gwen @ Fiery Millennials

    Welcome to the MIdwest! I’ve got some potential big changes on the horizon. My current position will end in October, so I’ll be getting a new job, which could mean a big move (and a raise!) I might also start seeing someone, but that depends on if he moves for his job. 2016 is shaping up to be an interesting year!
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    1. Fervent Finance Post author

      Thanks Steve. I was actually flying into DTW for a layover, but close! I’m sure I’ll get used to it quick too.

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    2. Dr. J @ MedSchool Financial

      It does look similar to the outline into chicago, just recently made this flight for a conference. Congrats, on the new set up FF and being a native of the midwest myself its a good place to live. Hope all is well.

      Dr. J

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  3. Broke Millennial

    Good luck in your transition! Sounds like it’s off to a fortuitous start.

    It will be interesting to watch how leaving being the high cost living of being here in NYC will impact your bottom line. I often wax poetic about how much I could save by moving to a lower cost city, but I’m just not ready to ditch the Big Apple (and the earning potential here) quite yet.
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    1. Fervent Finance Post author

      Thanks BM. Personally I was ready to leave Manhattan. So that coupled with the GF, with lower COL, all added up to a good decision I think.

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  4. Andrew@LivingRichCheaply

    Glad everything worked out in the end. Nothing like moving to make you figure out what stuff you really need and what things you should just get rid of. Will be interested to hear how everything in the Midwest is. Like Broke Millennial I often wonder how much I’d be saving if I lived in a lower cost area. We were up in Buffalo recently and there was a contest with a $250,000 prize saying that you can buy your dream home. You aren’t buying a dream home for that amount in NYC!

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    1. Fervent Finance Post author

      Oh you could definitely buy one hell of a house near where I am for $250k. And I agree… that’s a down payment in Manhattan.

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  5. Kim from Philadelphia

    Fervent- congratulations!
    I don’t often comment on your blog, but I enjoy your writing and your perspective.
    Best of luck with your remote job situation and enjoying time with your girlfriend. It’s good to be in the same city!

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  6. Norm

    The moving puzzle is always a fun one. When we bought a house about fifteen minutes from our apartment, I planned to rent a U-Haul for one day and do the whole thing. I even sketched out how our furniture could fit most efficiently into the smallest, cheapest U-Haul, so that it would only take two trips. When my parents wanted to give me their old treadmill for free, I figured out the cheapest way to move it was to go to the airport and rent an SUV just big enough to fit it,, then drive the two hours to their house and back.

    The furthest I’ve ever moved was 2 hours away, and that was when everything I owned fit in a sedan. I basically can’t imagine leaving my familiar northeastern cocoon.
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    1. Fervent Finance Post author

      Haha – sounds like you are a moving pro. I HATE moving with a passion. It was much easier since it was mostly clothes, books, personal items, etc. Can’t imagine moving furniture as well!

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  7. Our Next Life

    I think that’s the most frugal move I’ve ever heard of! As I was reading you lament the cost of a truck, I was thinking, “I wish you’d asked for advice! PODS are the way to go!” But then in the end you did far, far better — so hooray! Congrats on wrapping up the move, having a good NYC farewell, and keeping that $2000 instead of paying it back! Lots of good stuff all around — glad to hear it. 🙂
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    1. Fervent Finance Post author

      Haha why thank you ONL. I take “most frugal move I’ve ever heard of” as a big compliment!

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  8. Kyle

    I haven’t left my current company either because of the great people even though I could make a decent amount more somewhere else. “Midwest” is pretty vague, but if you moved to more money I doubt it was to Wisconsin where I live. I’d guess, Chicago? Indianapolis? Keeping it hush I see, well at least it sounds like the planning and move went as smooth as you could’ve hoped for.
    Cheers to the good luck continuing.
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      1. Fervent Finance Post author

        Correct I’m still “working” out of NYC. I like to keep a little anonymity with the blog… maybe someday I’ll share more than Midwest 🙂 Thanks for stopping by.

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    1. Fervent Finance Post author

      Thanks Mrs. PIE. It was a very nice send off. Hopefully I have to travel for work shortly and get to do dinner with them again on the company 🙂

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  9. Matt @ The Resume Gap

    Hooray, congratulations! I’m very curious to hear how the transition goes. Moving anywhere from NYC is probably a bit of a shock in terms of slower pace. I’m seeing a trend in the FIRE community in starting with “big city” jobs (with their associated paychecks) and then taking them remotely to lower COL destinations. You were already pretty frugal in New York, though, so maybe it won’t be as big of a difference. That’s awesome about the $2k windfall. Like you said, it never hurts to ask!

    We’ll be passing through the midwest (MN, WI, MI, probably elsewhere) this October-November. Would love to meet up if you’re around!
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    1. Fervent Finance Post author

      Thanks Matt. I think the transition will go smoothly. I’m originally from a pretty rural area in New England so I’m used to the slower pace 🙂 Email me or PM me on twitter when your trip gets closer and we can probably meet up! Take care.

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  10. Mr. SSC

    Congrats on the move and working it out to be able to downsize some stuff and stay on the cheaper side! When my brother in law moved from Upstate NY back to CA last year, his moving company cancelled on him 2 days before they were supposed to show up. He was scrambling, and ended up driving a U Haul cross country, so it’s good to hear your move went WAY easier than that. 🙂

    Good score on the $2k “loan” as well. Nicely done!
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    1. Fervent Finance Post author

      Thanks Mr. SSC. That’s terrible for your BIL! The only time I had to deal with a moving company was when I moved to NYC. The crew was great and it was free to me, which was even better.

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  11. Robert@be findawealthmanager.com

    Hi Fervent,

    Good written up and nice to hear about your move one place to another. I hope that everything will go on your favor and will do best as much as possible. I always read your blog fervent finance which is really good and hoping that it will be good for all. Thanks:)

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  12. MrFireStation

    Never hurts to ask … I tell my son that all of the time and he (so far) fails to appreciate the unexpected benefits of asking for something that seems ridiculous on the surface. He’s only 18 … he’ll hopefully learn. Congrats on the big move – sounds like you were well planned and doing it for the right reasons!

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    1. Fervent Finance Post author

      At his age, I wasn’t really good with it either – so I can’t blame him. But once you see it in action, it’s hard not to try it! Take care.

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  13. Dividendsdownunder

    Huge congrats on the move and that it’s all worked out. Being with your GF is worth all the money in the world 🙂

    That was really cool of your sister to do that too. Sounds like you kind of owe her lol.

    Great job for asking – don’t ask, don’t get (except from family in certain situations). Free $2,000 😀

    You should be proud of what you’ve achieved, you can look back on this experience and overcome nearly anything now.

    Tristan
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  14. Millennial Moola

    Moving to the Midwest for a girl as well here. I’m excited by the vastly cheaper real estate, but I’m worried that the slow and steady lifestyle there will take away ambition to travel. It is much harder to get abroad for cheap leaving out of St. Louis airport than JFK.

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    1. Fervent Finance Post author

      Wow look at us! I love the slow and steady – you have to welcome it with open arms 🙂

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  15. Team CF

    Great to read that you arrived well in the Midwest! Enjoy your time there.
    As for asking people, we do the same on a regular basis, but can’t say that we have been so handsomely rewarded for it. Congrats to you FF!
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    1. Fervent Finance Post author

      Leaving the moving truck out of the equation definitely ended up saving me a bunch of money for sure. Thanks!

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