Some things you can compromise on, and some things you cannot. We choose every day when it comes to how we spend our money. We make coffee at home rather than buying it on the way to work. We added it up, and the savings over a single month is over $200 for the two of us. Taking a brown bag lunch saves hundreds more. We added up all of our expenses including our long commute times, and we found that we could afford a nicer apartment we saw at this website simply because it was only minutes from where we both worked. Instead of a 45 minute commute each way in two cars, we could, if we wanted, take a bicycle to work in the summer now.
The Cedars of Edina has so much more than the place we were moving from. Two pools, one indoors and one outdoors, and the same for the spas. We could enjoy the water even in the middle of a Minnesotan winter! Also, considering the cold months, the parking is in an underground heated garage. Now is that luxury or is that luxury? On top of that, they have an underground heated tunnel access to Club Cedars. Have you ever heard of such a thing? Our kitchen has stainless steel appliances, and real quartz countertops too.
Inside the bedrooms are big walk-in closets that are, too me, like small rooms themselves. I never had a walk-in closet before, and it is just strange to have all that room for my clothes. We do not mind cutting back on goofy things to have our great apartment. Coffee made at home and brown bag lunches are a small thing for such a great place to live, and the quick drive to and from work is more stress relieving than I thought was possible.