I did an earlier article in this blog about what is actually considered homeless on the Grand Strand. People who live in motels in and around Myrtle Beach such as myself are normally just working folks paying the rent, just like anyone else who may live in one of the local apartment complexes. And, we don’t feel homeless at all, no matter what the classification of us low-income locals may be. For example, I pay weekly rent, but try to keep it paid up for several weeks. So, it really feels as if I’m paying monthly rent for my room/studio apartment/efficiency. Still, I want to say that I only pay mine up because of the fact that I’ve lived at this motel before, and know the management pretty well. But, you have to be careful around here with paying up your weekly rent, because some landlords will take your money, then try to find a reason to kick you out. And, the worst part about a situation like this is that, many times, at these weekly rental motels, there are no refunds. It’s for reasons like this that many folks opt to just pay for one week at a time.
But, this Grand Strand homelessness article isn’t so much about rent. It is more about knowing how to live week to week in a motel room that is your actual apartment. Where I live, there are basically two kinds of rooms, ones with a kitchen and those without them. They come in different sizes, such as the rooms with one bed that have a kitchen, or two beds with a kitchen. Some of the rooms here are as big as regular apartments, and have separate rooms within. But, they rent out very quickly this time of year, being that now that it’s the dead season, and the weekly rental rates are really low.
Being that I’m a single bachelor with no kids or pets, all I really needed was a room with a bed or two and a kitchen. All they had available when I checked in was a single bed room with no kitchen, just a microwave and a small refrigerator. The truth is, even if they had one of the larger ones with a kitchen available to rent, I still would have gotten the room that I have now with no kitchen in it. Why? Because I’ve been homeless in Horry County before, and I know how to survive in a motel without going broke from trying to pay for extras that I honestly don’t need.
Some people may say ” Aww, man. You’re just being cheap…you can afford to get the one with the kitchen”. And yes, I can safely afford it. But, when I look at what the actual rates are, and what I actually need on a day to day basis, then I see no reason to pay all that extra money. For example, my weekly rate is $175 plus tax, which comes out to $197.75 (yeah, the hospitality taxes in Myrtle Beach are a bitch! Lol). The only rooms available with a kitchen are $225 weekly plus tax, which comes out to $254.25. That’s a $56.50 difference. So, on a monthly basis (every four weeks), I’d be paying $226 more just for a full kitchen.
Now tell me, why in the blue hell would I do that, and I can take about $50 and set up everything that I need as far as a kitchen goes in the comfortable efficiency room that I currently have? I’ve done it plenty of times before. The main thing is to use paper towels, disposable plates and cutlery, which you can buy all in bulk for under $10 each month. Then, all you really need is a hot plate with one or two cooking eyes on it, a crock pot, and maybe one of those electric inside grills, the countertop kind that you can grill all types of meat on and clean easily. You can then just get a big pot, a small pot, and a frying pan from the store, or, better yet, off Craigslist. In fact, you could get all of those kitchen supplies for really cheap off Craigslist. People are selling that kind of stuff all the time on there, and sometimes are even giving it away for free.
Also, get some dish detergent from the store for clean up, which is easy too. For example, let’s say one day you want to fry some chicken, and after you’re finished you have to dispose of the grease. All you got to do is let it cool down, and take it outside to dump like you would if you had a kitchen. Then, take some paper towels, and wipe out any grease that is still in the pan. Throw them away, then use a little water from the bathroom tub or sink to clean the pan, which ain’t going to be that dirty. Finally, use a little bleach spray cleaner in your bathroom afterwards. It only costs like $3.
It’s mainly about just keeping a clean house, which everybody should do anyway. If you can do that, then you’ll have absolutely no problem with week to week life surviving in a motel, even if in our immediate local society they still consider us as being homeless in Horry County.