Would you live in a cheap motel to be able to live where you'd be happier?

United States
September 7, 2011 6:09pm CST
My son and I were almost going to take off to a bigger city but not having much money we decided not to. We been very unhappy these past close on 10 months in this little town that has a little downtown and very poor public transportation. We've found it to be a very boring place to live especially for poor people without a car. We had enough money for a very cheap motel where online it said certain types of people hang out at. I'm not saying I'm for those types of things; I'm not for anything that causes any kind of evil to happen but as long as nobody gets violent with us it would be ok. I mean as long as we wouldn't be in any danger it wouldn't pose that much of a problem on us. Well we had enough money for 2 weeks in this cheap motel with a little money left for food and bus fare (perhaps not as much as we'd really need) and then for the 3rd week in a motel we'd need to sell one of our couple items we own. Instead we opted to stay here at least the rest of them month and pay our electric bill which is high for some reason. So do you think someone should live in a not to awful apartment (kind of dumpy) in a city they dislike (I could go so far as to say hate) or take a risk and live something they'd be much happier that has a good transportation system but then they have to live in a motel until they can find a very cheap dumpy apartment?
5 responses
• Philippines
8 Sep 11
Generally speaking, you have to start low in order for you to reach the top. You have to have perseverance in order for you to reach your goal. Realize your main goal, always put it in your mind. You will develop passion over this goal and once you do, you'll find yourself making decisions in kind with your goal.
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@Awinds (2475)
• United States
7 Sep 11
In times like these, one can not really be to picky about housing. Any kind of shelter is good. I can actually see myself being willing to do this depending on if the city was decent and if the motel clean. But then again, I am not to concerned with what society thinks. If you have family or friends whose opinion matters this might be difficult to pull of. Also keep in mind that there is more risk that comes with this hotel then just your fellow roomers. You must also take the location of the motel and the cleanliness into account. If for instance, there is a problem with cockroaches or another insect, or another problem that sacrifices cleanliness, don't move there. Also, you will want a bigger nest egg before you take such a risk. Resources for just two or three weeks really isn't enough. You will need another source of income and finding a job in just two weeks would be a miracle. If the motel is in a relatively decent location and if the rooms are clean and not in to bad of a shape, then why not? Some might consider this option "trashy," but if it is the only way for you to do your dream, than why not? Life is to short to spend it in a place one hates.
• United States
7 Sep 11
Thank you for your words. You're right life is to short to have to spend it in a place you hate. I really don't know how clean this particular motel is. I stayed in some kind of dumpy ones before where I didn't see any insects or I might of noticed 1 or 2 insects. If it's a little dumpy, clean bedding and free of insects that would be fine with my son and me. The city has a 6 (10 being the highest) crime rate and 6 property crime rate. I know certain parts of it might not be great. This motel isn't in the worse location yet not in the best either. You're probably right I think I need to wait until I have at least a little more money. But my son and I are both so depressed it's hard to accomplish this.
@Awinds (2475)
• United States
8 Sep 11
I understand - there is something you want to do but things just aren't working out fast enough for you! However, since you are not to picky, that will help a lot. If you determined to get a pent house or something like that, you guys might be stuck in that town you hate for some time to come. However I wish you luck with your city dream! I know it is hard to wait, but getting some more money under your belt first will increase the chances of success concerning your dream. :)
• United States
10 Sep 11
Oh no I'm not thinking "pent house". I just want something that is fairly clean and in decent shape. Thank you.
@cutepenguin (6457)
• Canada
8 Sep 11
Would you be able to find a better job in the new place? I'd be willing to sacrifice by living in a cheap motel for a little while if it meant that it would lead to a better job or better opportunities. I'm fortunate to live in a medium sized city so i haven't had to make this decision, though.
@tech2d (338)
• United States
8 Sep 11
First of all thedataminer, I feel for you and your situation. I too have in the past been in such a situation where I had to live in a motel. I understand that where you are presently living is boring and you and your son are depressed living there, but before you move, I would suggest that you make sure you have a little more than 2 weeks of money saved up. I would hate to see you move to this different city and not find employment after your two weeks of funds run out. The way the economy is going, I would be careful.
@scheng1 (24800)
• Singapore
8 Sep 11
Hi thedataminer, I think you have not explored other alternatives. Have you considered renting a room for two weeks until you settle into a more permanent place? Over in my country, many migrant workers, even those professionals, rent a room for themselves or share with a friend. Since they do not spend so much time in their room, this arrangement suits them very well. At least you can have the security of living with a family, instead of having unknown or unsafe environment.