Through much labor and worry and chewing of fingernails, I have managed to put a few dollars into savings this past month. I am not buying any alcohol, but waiting all month for the weekend with Mickey when she buys, I am not going to the movies, but borrowing DVDs from the library, I am eating the foodbox food, and not going to the grocery store, and so on. It hasn't been fun, and I'm not as light-hearted as usual, but it has been do-able, and I'm really quite pleased with myself.
And then I get the envelope in the mail, telling me that my rent is being raised again. Fifty dollars a month, for the second year in a row. So that wipes out the savings entirely, and makes me have to seriously question whether or not I can continue to live here. If they are going to keep raising the rent once a year, I will soon be completely unable to afford to stay. What is the deal? Do they not like me? Do they prefer to keep their tenants for only a year, and then want to dump them and find new ones? There are currently four empty apartments in this building. They really prefer that there be five?
And, at the moment, I cannot afford to move out, anyway. The whole first/last month and security deposit thing. But I guess I will begin looking. This is just SUCH a perfect apartment! Really. I do NOT want to leave.