Security Deposit - $1,400 (and as it turned out, we had to pay our first month rent of $1,400 2 weeks later, so that made for an expensive month!)
Pet Fee (non-refundable) - $500
Cable Deposit/First Month - $119.99 (paid prior to moving and installation)
Electric Co-Op membership - $25.00
Water/Sewer (connection fee and deposit) - $132.82 (paid prior to move)
Gas Deposit- $25.00
School - $150.00
Registration for school (public school....but they charge a registration fee) - $50.00
Gym Uniform (x2...that they will use for 5 months....) - $30.00
Field Trip (for both kids, on their 3rd day of school....) - $70.00
(they each got a new shirt for the 1st day...but I am not including that here. :) )
Cars - $268.18
Taxes (we had to prepay a year of taxes before we could register the cars) - $140.18
Driver's License and Registration (for 2 people and 2 cars) - $128.00
Needed Replacement/New Items - $299.00
(probably a low estimate, as these things were purchased over lots and lots of trips and I know there is more! Didn't count food in here...but had to do a full grocery shopping and replace a ton of stuff that I couldn't bring with us.)
Computer Monitor (we were borrowing one from a friend) - $100.00
Bathroom set up for 2 bathrooms (each kid now has their own bathroom...so shower curtain, bath mat, toothbrush holder, etc) - $66.00
Misc Cleaners/Household - $100 (dishwasher tabs, which was new to us! Laundry soap, granite cleaner, trash can, lightbulbs, curtain rods)
Cat items - $15 (food dishes, litter pan)
Glasses (we pitched a bunch of plastic cups when we left) - $10
Step Stool (we have HIGH cabinets!) - $12
New Items in general - $124.00
(stuff that we opted to get to help make it feel like home, replaced something that was worn out, or discovered we needed as we started to use our house)
Bookshelves (2) - $38
Extra dinner plates - $22
Comforter set for our bed - $70
There is still one category that will remain in flux for the moment....new job stuff. I worked in a very casual office, so I really don't have "office work" clothes. Once I have a new job, I know I will need to go shopping for EVERYTHING....shirts, pants, skirts, shoes! While I have some items that will work, I know most of it won't. Additionally, the climate is different here...so I will probably need to get more lighter weight items. I am not getting anything right now....need to see what the environment will be for work. But I know that is an upcoming expense.
I feel like I am missing something....oh well!! So this total comes to:
When you add in the previous number......we are at $27,395.59. This was all out of pocket. None of this is reimbursed by G-man's job or any other agency (but as I said...some of this is tax deductible). No family help on this. This is 100% on us. We had about $19,000 in cash set aside for the move.....and most of the above was cash (probably 75%).
The credit card hit is about $6,000-$6,500. Because some of this has been spread out, interest, etc....I don't have an EXACT number. But this is a pretty good estimate. That said...there was additional credit card charges that weren't directly related to the move, but it was done to conserve the liquid cash that we needed for some things. Plus....by the time we were getting ready to move....alot of the year of being apart was catching up. The pay cut G-man initially took while we were still paying the CT bills ate up savings.
So the current numbers are ugly as hell. Luckily, G-man got his grade increase (and a $5,000 raise!) at the end of December! That will help alot. I am hoping to be back to full time work soon (still doing a few things for my old company, so it brings in a few bucks). And then we can figure out the next part of the plan.
There ya go. I will share a few pictures soon of our new place. :)