Originally Posted by BDC2823
Kyle, how the hell do you do this? Honestly. I am happy for you that you are pursuing something you really want to do, culinary school. My best friend graduated from culinary school a few months ago and is working in a restaurant. But 13k a year just seams impossible. I know I live in Orange County so 13k wouldnt be enough for a years worth of rent anywhere, but even in Chicago, how does that work?
Oh, it's not too hard, really. $625 for rent w/ all utilities included, $75 for cable and internet, $250 for food and shit, about $50 for health insurance. I have about $100 left over for recreational purposes. I go out two or three times a month, look for deals like half off mondays, where I can have a few beers and dinner for $15. Sometimes my friends take me out for drinks. I mean, yeah, it's a simple, boring, poor life, but I don't hope to be doing it in 5 years. Just while I'm in school. My CTA pass is covered in my tuition, I spend a lot of time getting books from the library or stealing movies off the internet. I try to save up $50 a month so I can afford to see my girlfriend once a month. I'm also slowly paying off a little bit of credit card debt. So yeah, I have to watch every penny that comes out of my pocket, but it isn't too bad. People hear it and sound like I'm living in hell.... but I actually love my life.