There are some apartments nearby that I'm going to try and convince my wife that we need to move into. We'd lose a bedroom, a one car garage, and a fenced in backyard on a corner lot, but gain a 3/4 bath and me not having to do yard work.
We'd save $190 on rent + the inclusion of water in that rent, but we'd have to get a storage unit to soak up the crap that's already in the garage, so that's actually evens out. I estimate the heating and cooling costs would probably be lower as well (the rental we're in now has minimal insulation and I've had triple digit heating/cooling bills).
The deposit and moving expense would be really tight, but I figure we'd recoup those costs in 3-5 months just on the savings in rent alone.
But it's the cost of doing laundry that has me questioning how much am I going to actually save? Or realistically, how often should I expect a machine to malfunction after I've already started it- won't spin/drain, dryer doesn't work, or ... ?