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Road Trip Complete


For those of you that are waiting for our move update, we made it! 🙂

We left our old place on Wednesday at 5:30PM (we had to wait for my wife to get out of work – and yes, that means that I loaded the entire trailer by myself!), and we were on the road! After about 2 hours, my eyes were already closing from exhaustion… The previous night involved more packing than sleeping, and I wasn’t able to catch the nap I wanted before we left either. Unfortunately, the double espresso Starbucks coffee wasn’t really doing the trick either. 5 hours later, I really couldn’t drive any farther, and I turned the driving over to my lovely wire. She drove like a champ and we were able to alternate all the way to Michigan!

Since we paid a little money upfront for a vehicle inspection, we had no issues on our trip whatsoever. The Jeep pulled the trailer like butter, and sometimes I actually forgot it was back there. Now that we’re here, I’ll probably get the Jeep looked at again (especially since it will be below freezing around here for the next couple of weeks) to avoid any issues that we may have unknowingly acquired from our extensive road trip.

All in all, it took us 27 hours of constant travel (we only stopped for 10 minutes to sleep) to reach our destination in Michigan. There was no snow or rain, and the traveling conditions were absolutely perfect. We had a great trip.

I am still totaling up the final moving expenses, and I fully expect the full move to cost less than $1,000, but that will come in a later article.



My name is Derek, and I have my Bachelors Degree in Finance from Grand Valley State University. After graduation, I was not able to find a job that fully utilized my degree, but I still had a passion for Finance! So, I decided to focus my passion in the stock market. I studied Cash Flows, Balance Sheets, and Income Statements, put some money into the market and saw a good return on my investment. As satisfying as this was, I still felt that something was missing. I have a passion for Finance, but I also have a passion for people. If you have a willingness to learn, I will continue to teach.


  1. Set you back less than $1000, but you still have to purchase new furniture right?

    • Not right away. We’re staying with friends, so our furniture would have had to go in a storage unit, which would have cost us more money!! We’ll most likely pick up some used furniture if we move out soon. So it will hardly be much of an expense.

  2. Yeah! Congratulations. It must be nice to be home. When does the new job start?

    • It is nice to be home, but it is a little tricky still because we’re staying with friends and looking for a place. Plus, we feel that there are so many people to visit – but, I guess we’ve got plenty of time to visit with them since we will be here for a while.

      The new job starts tomorrow! AHHH! 🙂

  3. Wow! I did miss a lot! well, congrats on the move. I persoanlly hate moving. But it is always an exciting change.

    • Thanks Aloysa! Yeah, moving is not very fun. Luckily, my wife and I are still fairly young and have not accumulated that much stuff. Hopefully, we’ll find a place to live permanently soon! 🙂 We’ll keep everyone posted.

  4. 27 hours with 10 minutes of sleep? That’s crazy! Did you have many pit stops? Pretty exciting, how many miles traveled and how many states crossed? Glad you made it safe and good luck with the new job! 🙂

    • Well, I got about 4 hours of sleep while my wife was driving, and the 10 minutes was when we actually pulled into a rest stop and both took a quick nap. We travelled a little over 1400 miles and crossed 6 states!

  5. I once drove 13 hours straight, with just myself in the car (from DC to Milwaukee for school) It’s a heck of a trek but it is so worth it when you’ve got something great waiting for you at the end!

    Hope the new job goes well! and you guys find a place quickly!

    • Thanks Mercedes! The trip was tiring, but as you said, it’s easier when you have something to look forward to at the destination. We are having a blast, and hope to find a place to live soon.

  6. Nice to hear that you had no problems and made it safe.

    When we moved from CA to OR almost four years ago I drove straight through myself (with our dog) in the Budget truck. I stopped several times at rest areas and a few small airports to catch a quick nap and something to eat. Since we had one child when we moved there was quite a bit of furniture to take along. We did sale our couch, dining table, bed, etc. before we moved and bought most of the new furniture at Ikea which saved us money. We even sold our TV and bought a new one which was nice!

    • Sounds like we had similar moving experiences! 🙂

      We are glad that we chose to sell our furniture. It gave us some quick cash, plus it prevented a lot of headaches.

  7. Just one more adventure in life under your belt. Glad you made it safely.

    • You got it! It’s been a great adventure so far, with many adventures to come! We still need to find an apartment, and after we save some cash, buy a house! 🙂

  8. Wow, 27 hours. It’s nice to be young. 🙂
    Glad to hear you made it safely!

    • My wife and I had a great time traveling, and it really didn’t feel like it took that long. Maybe the ease of the trip did have something to do with my youth! 🙂

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