To Garage or Not to Garage
October 20, 2010 8 Comments
That is the question…
My apartment complex has a few different car housing options.
One is just open parking. Cost: Free. Benefits: Cheap. Cons: Icy windshields. No promise of close parking. My car takes forever to defrost as it is not made for cold weather.
Second is a carport. Cost: $20/month. Benefits: Inexpensive, no snowy windshields. Cons: None available near my apartment. I’d have to walk three buildings down just to get a carport spot – not very convenient at all. This option is out, unfortunately.
The third is a garage. Cost: $60/month. Benefits: No icy windows to scrap or snow to brush off. Guaranteed parking close to my apartment. Cons: Only one left. $60/month is a lot of money.
I have the option of renting this garage on a month to month basis. So I could rent it *just* for the winter months. But $60/month is a lot to swallow. I’m already paying $789/month for my apartment. Adding another $60 on top of that just scares the crap out of me in terms of my budget. But the good part is that if that extra $60/month is tight the first month I can cancel the second and deal with the snow/ice.
I’m thinking Nov-March I’ll probably want a place to keep my car out of the snow/ice overnight. But 5 months x $60/month is $300 that could definitely be put to some good uses (like debt!)
I can’t seem to figure out what I want to do. I really, really want the garage. But really don’t want to have to pay for it! I did do the previous 3 winters without a garage. I survived. But I also didn’t have set times I *needed* to be at work in those 3 years. Now I have 8am and 9am classes, so I’ll HAVE to be at work by those times. Having the garage would definitely save me time in the morning.
What to do… what to do… better think fast though… as there is only one left!
What do you think I should do?