When my wife and I moved to Chicago, we quickly realized it was going to be way too expensive to actually live in the city.
- We were stuck there for a year, because we signed a lease before we moved.
We finished the one year lease and found a cheaper apartment about 30 minutes outside of the city. We had lots of choices, but we stayed north of the city. We moved to Glenview, Illinois and we have been living there for the past 10 years. I was driving to the city every day from Glenview and it was costing a ton of money on gas, maintenance, and car repairs. I started looking for a job closer to home, but it took some time before I finally found the perfect position. For the past year, I have been working at a commercial HVAC repair company located in Glenview. I no longer have to drive to the city and that means I save a lot of money. I don’t I’m quite as much money at the Glenview HVAC repair company, but I still have the same benefits like medical and dental insurance, retirement and savings accounts, and paid time off. I spent an entire month figuring out all of the math and I still save money with the new job, even though I don’t make as much money per hour. I also believe there is more room to grow with this HVAC repair company. Even though the company is a bit smaller, hard work is recognized very quickly and the owner has already expressed his desire to keep me there for a long time.