While I've been trying to save money, I'm finding some things much harder since I live in an apartment and don't own my home. For example...
-I can't call around to find a cheaper internet company, because my landlord has a contract with one provider and I can only use that one.
-Limited storage space. I actually have quite a lot of space because I have two bedrooms (use the second bedroom as an office), but if I didn't have that extra space I'd be totally lost.
-The only air conditioning available during summer is an old energy-guzzling room-sized thing built into my wall, and I'm unable to replace my older appliances with newer and more efficient ones.
-I can't freeze a whole lot, because I only have one of those older freezers that is on top of the refrigerator. I'd love to be able to grow my own vegetables and herbs, but my north and west-facing windows with trees in front of them don't get much direct sunlight.
Other things are easier, though...
-I don't have or need a land-based phone line, and can get by with a basic cell phone plan.
-I don't have to pay for water, heat, or trash and recycling service.
-When something breaks, it gets fixed for me and I only have to pay if I specifically did something stupid to necessitate a new part or extra labor.
-All the snow is plowed for me, and I only occasionally have to dig some from around my tires.
Is anyone else out there an apartment dweller? If so, what barriers do you have to saving money and how do you overcome them? Or do you have any tips for maximizing storage space, or anything else for apartment living?
PS. I put this thread down here, but I do realize families also live in apartments. Please move it if I've put it in the wrong place!