Condo v. Rent

MMmrraahhh- I don’t know what to do. I just got off work a little bit ago. I left with a coworker of mine that I have a *slight* friend-crush on, but I’m worried about coming off to strongly! We walked for a bit, then afterwards I went straight to the liquor store to buy a bottle of wine. I figured it would be cheaper to stay in and drink rather than go out and drink.

However, now I’m home, and I’m very bored. I want to eat, but I know this isn’t because I’m hungry but rather because I was just looking up recipes for the dinner party I am having on Monday.

My eczema is making me itch my skin to death, and I am not a happy camper. I have had my hair up the last couple of days because even the slight brush of my hair against my neck makes me break out terribly. I itch itch itch till Joe threatens to cut off my hands.

Slight moment of revelation: I’m not at the right place in my life to buy a condo yet. Yes, I want one, but there are a lot of factors to consider:

Buying a condo

  1. Not wasting money on rent
  2. Get to live out the last part of my “awesome-life” vision
  3. Feel settled and like I can paint and stuff
  4. Have enough space to host Thanksgiving or something
  5. A real Christmas tree (my apt won’t let us have them)
  6. It’s currently a buyer’s market
  7. I have good credit
  8. Better amenities (like a gym that I would never use)
  9. It seems like a reasonable thing to do at 23

Continuing to rent

  1. No long term commitment
  2. I can move to India or NYC if I feel so inclined
  3. I am one block from my (future) MBA school
  4. I am 2 blocks from work
  5. I love my place and my view
  6. Moving sucks
  7. If I lose my job, I’m not completely screwed (slash I won’t have to screw to pay the rent)

Either way, I’m happy with my decision, but I’ve been giving it way too much thought lately. Basically what it came down to was that I found my dream place, hands down, but it turns out it’s a *tad* out of my price range. $675k is maybe something I can swing in a few years though, if I grow a pair and learn to be financially stable instead of going out to the bar all the fricken time (so, technically, me going straight to the liquor store afterwork is a sign of growth).

On a completely different note, I keep getting invitations to things for the Carlson MBA Program, even when I have already RSVP’ed “yes” to them. I’m also ticked at them for having their MBA Networking session at the SAME TIME as the University of St. Thomas MBA information session. UST definitely scheduled (or at least announced) their’s first… and then the U just goes and schedules at the same time? Who does that? That alone is making me want to choose UST over the U.

Further, coming from Macalester, I feel that, save the rivalry, St. Thomas is a closer match to my learning style. I also hear it is more real world focused… as opposed the the U being more academic… if that makes any sense.

I’m going to continue to search for ways to not be lame and probably not succeed…


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