As any large corporation's employee handbook will tell you, establishing a good work/life balance is important. However, it's often the travel to and from the job that makes many of us fantasize about early retirement. No one likes being stuck behind the wheel for hours every weekday, so use your apartment search to cut down your commute.
If you're frequently late because you can't get your old beater to start (or you don't have a car at all), look for an apartment with close access to public transportation. If you'd rather invest in a new pair of shoes instead of a set of tires, try finding a place within a few blocks of your job.
Of course, if you don't mind a long commute, you can always embrace the suburban life -- just be sure to read about some of the common problems with apartment parking on the next page.