Today, I decided to stop being quite so stingy. I agreed to split rent with my boyfriend based on our income. If we spend 13% of our current income, he would pay around $850 and I would pay up to $1350. That means our maximum monthly rent is $2200, not $1700 like I was originally aiming for when I wanted to do a 50/50 split. That also makes this search process slightly less painful.
I’d still prefer to spend less than $1200 a month in rent, and I’m ok with paying that much while he covers $850. It’s fair given our different income levels and either I need to be ok with paying more for our lives and deal or I need to seriously consider getting a new boyfriend. As I love him and want to marry him, I’m going with the first option.
Still, at $2100-$2200 per month, it’s slim pickings around these here parts. We’ve seen over 40 apartments and nothing is to our liking. I think to get something we really like we’d have to pay over $2600 for a one bedroom, and while I could theoretically afford to pay that much based on my income, I refuse to spend $2600 per month on a one bedroom out of principle.
I’m stressing out about actually finding a place… I need to be out of my apartment by April 1 at the latest and I really would love a few days of crossover to make the move less of a nightmare. I’m out of town March 5-15 and start my new job on the 17, so you can imagine that I don’t have a lot of time past this weekend to find my next home. (I guess despite being an overly anxious person in this case the stress is justified, right?)
God, am I stressed or am I stressed?