Okay, I know I'm probably going to get hell for this, but I don't care. This is my decision and I'm going to get my own place instead of buying a new car. I just don't see myself having to live at home for the next five years with a new car and not being able to live on my own. That's what my parents did and I don't want to do the same thing. Anyway, I went back and reapplied at the place I lived at before. This time I can finally afford the deluxe model one bedroom apartment. The difference: Over 100 more square feet and the apartment includes a dishwasher *and* a dining area. I had to reapply; I was told since I've rented there before (BTW, I've NEVER been late or not paid rent when I was renting there) there should be no problem reapproving me. I should know this afternoon (or in a few hours). Whoo-hoo! It's a small price to pay for not having to live at home and regaining my freedom!