I don't think I can handle living with my MIL anymore. I don't think I can handle living in a cold, mold ridden, lead paint having basement any longer.
We're getting our taxes back next year so that's basically all we have to work with. We still have a considerable amount of debt but that is getting paid down.
Last year we got about 9k back in taxes IIRC. I worked part-time for I think 8 months out of that year. I didn't work at all in 2010 so I'm expecting we'll get back about 6-7k. I'd like to put half of whatever we get into bills, and half into moving somewhere else. So say $3000 can go into this move.
My DH works for Sears in their Auto center, he's a commissioned sales associate. I know that he could probably be transferred to a different location if need be.
I don't know what our options even are... I really would love to get out of state and FAR away from MIL and DHs family in general. I don't know how much it would cost to move.
About our taxes.. we owe MIL rent for July-Dec, which is $3,000. We're in an illegal apartment and there never has been a lease. I don't think that this place is worth the $500/mo anyhow. The original plan was to give her money from our taxes, but I'd like to use a "take our money and run" approach. Is that crazy? Or should we just do whatever necessary to GET OUT?
Also, DH has a little beater Ford Escort car... He usually uses MILs 95 Ford Explorer. Her name is on the title, they got it from a friend for $1. She doesn't want it but her name is on the title because the insurance is lower that way. She has never driven it. Should we convince her to give it to us? My DH also knows of someone who has asked to buy his Escort. He's contemplating selling it (I told him to go ahead since the person was offering $2k for it! Even if he ends up getting 1k that would be great for us..)
So anyways, I'm in need of a nap with the kiddos... thoughts, comments, questions.. ideas of places to move that have a sears auto center and a lower cost of living than dear 'ol Chicago.... :) Thanks!
I plan to do some more in depth research, but I just wanted to know if anyone knew anything off the top of their heads. :) TIA!