Explain me what is justice, what is right? (lady_angelina) wrote in polloftheday,
Explain me what is justice, what is right?
lady_angelina
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Decisions, Decisions

I'm wondering if perhaps you guys could help me make a couple of decisions, based on what sounds like the better deal. Thanks so much in advance. ;)

First of all, I've been living in my studio (or "efficiency") apartment in the same complex for nearly ten years, and am currently paying $505 a month for it. For many reasons, I've been long thinking about moving into a one-bedroom apartment in the same complex. Right now, I'm on a year-long lease, which I signed less than two weeks ago, so to move to a different complex could be very costly short-term. The one-bedroom apartments here are actually pretty nice and spacious with a good amount of storage room.

However... I just learned that one of the relatively rare two-bedroom apartments is going to become available very soon, and if I want to nab it, I need to let the apartment manager know within the next week. I know I don't necessarily need a two-bedroom apartment, but an extra room to maybe use as a storage room or maybe a guest room would be very nice.

Please note that none of these apartments in this complex have air conditioning, in-unit washers/dryers, paid cable TV, or some of the other amenities that I would love to have that other complexes provide. Also, this is in the Portland, Oregon area, so rents are bound to be somewhat higher than the rest of the nation.

Poll #1018662 Apartment Rent -- Which Is the Better Deal?
This poll is closed.

1. Given what I have said above, which sounds like the better deal for apartment rent?

$585 a month for a one-bedroom apartment
11(25.6%)
$685 a month for a two-bedroom apartment
24(55.8%)
Both sound equally good, so I can't decide
1(2.3%)
Both sound equally crappy: You should just stay put until your lease runs out next year
1(2.3%)
Both sound equally crappy: They're ripping you off, period, so you should consider breaking your lease and move out of that complex
3(7.0%)
I have absolutely no opinion on this
0(0.0%)
Other (will comment to this entry or answer #2)
3(7.0%)

2. If you have answered "Other" in #1, please explain here.



Secondly, I'm currently subscribed to Qwest DSL, $31.99 a month for 1.5 Mbps. A week or two ago, they sent me a letter offering 7 Mbps for $36.99 a month, significantly faster for only an extra $5.00 a month. Granted, the letter they sent looked rather dubious because of some wording issues and a factual error (the letter claimed I would be paying less than what I pay now for a better speed), so I called to check on that. They acknowledged that they did make a goof on their part with respect to that one sentence, and said that the offer itself was legitimate.

It's definitely tempting, but I'm wondering if it's worth the extra $5 a month. Also, please note that where I live, Qwest is the only option for phone and DSL service, so unless I move, switching to another carrier is not an option.

Poll #1018663 Qwest's Offer on DSL
This poll is closed.

1. Given what I have said above, does it sound like Qwest is offering a good or a crappy deal on DSL ($36.99 a month for 7 Mbps)?

It sounds like a good deal: I would jump on it right away myself
16(48.5%)
It sounds like an okay deal: It's worth looking into, although what you have now sounds perfectly fine, too
12(36.4%)
It sounds like a crappy deal: They're just trying to rip you off, as always, so stick with your current service
1(3.0%)
They are totally ripping you off, period. You should move to another location so that you can subscribe to another phone/DSL carrier.
0(0.0%)
I have absolutely no opinion on this
1(3.0%)
Other (will comment to this entry or answer #2)
3(9.1%)

2. If you have answered "Other" in #1, please explain here.

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