Just Started Looking at Buying a House

Just started looking at buying a house this week. There is a lot to think about and I am not talking about the sort of place that Mark Cuban or some Texas oil man might fancy. Instead I am talking about a small house on a small lot, close to where I work would be the best obviously. I looked at the Texas electricity rates to see if there was any real difference in the different areas, because I figure that the expense of living in a place is going to be a big deal. I have to think about all of the stuff that I have to pay for and all of the stuff that I will not want to deny myself as well. It is like cake and ice cream, you like that and you want cake and ice cream, but you do not have to have cake and ice cream. The thing you need is more like bread and water and oxygen, but that is really boring.

The question is not whether or not I will have money left over for cake and ice cream, but that is the analogy that I like the best. Rather it is a question of how much money I will have for stuff like cable and internet. That is after I pay for the stuff that has to do with the car and the house. I have a very thirsty pick up truck actually, but it has a lot of expenses associated with it. You have to cough up a lot of money to keep gas in the thing and it is expensive to make the payments on it and then you have car insurance that you have to pay. Of course after the rent you have to pay for food and electricity and natural gas.


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