I think the fact that as a newly minted grad, you are even thinking about making this work puts you in the 99th percentile of your demographic. I think it is not only possible, but highly laudable that you are doing this. $800 is a fair amount of money for discretionary spending as long as you can make prudent choices on what and how you spend it. Pay off any debt, CCs, etc. that you may have. Nothing sucks discretionary income like high interest loans. See if you can live without a car - can you use zipcar for example?