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We Wanted Our Own Space Near My Parent’s Place

My wife and I were tired of living in my parent’s basement. You often hear people joke around to other people with things like, “I bet you live in your parent’s basement,” and for us, that was true. We only meant to stay long enough to get on our feet, but we kept having a variety of setbacks. Despite that, we continued to try to save so that we would soon have a chance at one of the cheap apartments in Asheville NC that are nearby.

After two years of putting money away, we finally felt able to stand on our own two feet. We were both so grateful to my parents, but we needed to be on our own. (more…)

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This Time We Did Not Have to Settle for Things when It Come to Picking an Apartment

When my wife and I decided to move into another apartment instead of buying a home, we had some ground rules we were going by. Some were non-negotiable while others had some flexibility in what we would accept. We did not want to settle for another year’s lease without the place meeting our needs. At the top of our list was fire safety. We wanted to only live in an apartment that had fire sprinklers. When your neighbors are on the other side of the wall and you cannot control what they do, safety is number one. At we found what we were looking for as far as all of our criteria was concerned.

The apartments have fire sprinklers, walk-in closets, washer and dryer hookups (we are not using laundromats or apartment laundries again), and pets are allowed. If there could be two number one spots, the pets allowed policy would share the fire sprinkler one. Both were absolutes. Another absolute was the washer and dryer hookups. (more…)

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We Are Happy with Our Hughesnet Rural Internet Service

We always wanted to live on a working farm. We knew we could only afford a few acres in a rural setting. We planned on growing our own food and raising animals. However, we were used to city water, city sewer systems and cable Internet that seemed unlimited. I was concerned when we would have a well for water, a septic system for the sewer and satellite Internet from Hughesnet rural Internet service. I thought that all of that would be sort of second rate compared to city living. I was concerned how we would adapt.

We had the well water tested and it was perfectly fine for drinking. We added an elaborate filtration system to purify it even more. We use it for cooking, and we have water delivered for drinking. I chose not to drink the water regularly because of a compromised immune system. However, I have never had any ill effects from it. We test it four times per year. (more…)

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