Hey, y’all! Today I wanted to chat a bit about how I’m budgeting to move out of state [this blog post has all the lowdown on my move]. Moving, in general, is expensive but moving out of state is even crazier. Thankfully, since Taylor is in the Navy, they paid for us to have a Uhaul to drive out there. Unfortunately, not all of our stuff fit. So I’m taking a small Uhaul trailer when I move at the end of this month. I don’t have a job out there yet so I’ve been saving like crazy the last 6 months to try and prepare myself for what’s to come.
Top 3 Tips to Budget for a Move Out Of State
Cut Down On Spending
I haven’t done anything fun that was expensive in the last six months. My spending budget has been cut down to $200 a month. This doesn’t get you far when you factor in sundries and other misc items that you might need on a regular basis. My friend Kelly and I are both avid budgeters, so we’ve gotten really good at finding things to do that don’t cost money. We go hiking, visit farmers markets, and go to the beach a lot. This has really helped me save up money that would have been wasted on eating out and other activities I normally do.
Budget Like you Won’t Have a Job when you Get There
Right now, I don’t have a job lined up yet for when I get to Texas. Most likely, I’ll be fine and find one without having to worry, but I’m preparing for the worst. I saved up enough to get me through at least the first month there without one just to be safe.
Over Estimate Costs on your Projected Budget once you Get There
So far, I have a pretty good idea of how much each of my bills is going to cost once I get there, but when I wrote out my budget, I overestimated each bill on purpose so I’m prepared and ready for anything. I’m not going to be surprised by any costs. This helped me decide how much I needed to have saved up as an emergency fund I mentioned above in case I don’t have a job too.
What about you? Have you ever moved out of state? How did you save up for it? Comment below!
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