Well, we are all settled in our new home here in New Mexico – it was a long, drawn out process but we are finally back to “living our life” like normal people. Most everything is unpacked, I have my home office set up (time to make some money as only one of us is working now!), and everything is coming together. In our spare time we have been taking drives to explore surrounding areas, trying out the various restaurants in town, and meeting the locals. Coming from a big city like Los Angeles, there are a few things to get used to – like the fact that many of the stores and businesses close before dinner time. No more grocery shopping at midnight for me! All in all, we are very comfortable here and just yesterday I found out that our best friends from San Francisco are moving to Denver in a few months, so they will be even closer than they were in California. Just another added bonus we didn’t expect!
Now, on to the important stuff. First up, the actual move – the movers took our stuff on June 28th and delivered it on the 13th of July, so we were without our belongings for 16 days. And let me tell you, it was a very long 16 days, especially with fighting with the movers to get dates and times – they couldn’t tell us where our stuff was or when it was coming until the night before it arrived! We have talked about it, and we think next time we do a big move like this we might just rent the truck and drive it ourselves, but hire movers on each end to do the heavy lifting. While it was nice to not have to life a finger, it was frustrating dealing with the moving company. Nothing was broken, and the guys were nice, but still – it would have been better had we been kept in the loop. Their original estimate for the move was $3,377, and the final tally came in pretty close at $3,647 – a difference of less than $300. So I feel pretty safe saying that we didn’t get ripped off and I am glad it is over with. But I will be giving some serious thought next time to driving the stuff myself and just hiring local guys to move the goods, as then we would not have to live for 2-3 weeks without anything more than an air mattress, 2 camping chairs and a laptop computer!
I wrote before about what I thought would be the cost of living changes after our move, but now I know the actual numbers, along with the set-up fees to become residents of a new state. Here is the final tally of the assorted things we had to pay for/are paying for and the differences between California and New Mexico. The differences are amazing!
Savings = $949
Savings = $58
Savings = $8
Savings = $109
Television – Same channels, with DVR
Savings = $41
Increase = $9
Savings = $.77/gallon or $60 month. Granted, this can change anytime. However, this reduction combined with the fact that our mpg went from 25 to 28 just by moving here (there is barely any stop and go traffic) will save us quite a bit of money, which I would average at about $15 a week.
The heating expenses will definitely go up come winter time, as in California we didn’t need heat. Luckily the house we are renting is adobe, which has excellent insulating factors. I wrote about our adobe house it on my other site, if you want to check it out.
So for the above things, our monthly expenses have been reduced $1,225. Cell phones, home phone, and my wife’s student loan bill are all staying the same for now, and the only thing I see increasing will be our heating bill come this winter. But a $1,225 reduction each and every month is not chump change. Overall, I would say it is a pretty good reduction of expenses in exchange to moving somewhere where life is slower, the air is cleaner, the people are nicer, and you get to experience “life” more – you don’t have to work so many hours just to make ends meet! So far, it feels like one of the best decisions we have ever made. And for now, I will stop talking about our move, I am sure you guys are sick of hearing about it!