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post #61 of 92
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Originally Posted by yerfdog View Post
Everyone knows Conne's a full time college student, so I doubt he was actually trying to fool anyone.

It was a job on CE posters saying you couldn't live in NYC under 150K and other niceties.
post #62 of 92
If you call a world without bespoke suits, overnight trips to Italy for dinners and being forced to rub elbows with the unwashed masses on the subway 'living', then yes, go for it.
post #63 of 92
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Everyone knows Conne's a full time college student, so I doubt he was actually trying to fool anyone.

He's actually referring to how much he saved by going to Ohio State instead of an Ivy. It's like making money!
post #64 of 92
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Originally Posted by Mazda View Post
I was in Va for work right after college and I think I could survive on less in NYC. Between the absurd traffic laws, the 17 cops per capita that insure you AT LEAST one ticket a year ( I got 3 to the tune of 720 bucks and I had never gotten a ticket in my life prior or since), the insane traffic and even crazier housing and food prices, I think San Diego Gas Lamp and a lease on a Gallardo might be cheaper.


Yeah the DC cops are so amazing that I even got a parking ticket in D.C. without having been there in years! It turns out they gave me a ticket, 20 minutes after I crossed the GW bridge into Manhattan 2-300 miles away. Brilliant. Thank goodness for EZPass records.

There is something fishy about that business and I wonder how much of the ticketing is legit.
post #65 of 92
hooker tabs do add up in a hurry......
post #66 of 92
To answer the OP question, I lived on $35k a year for about 2 years after college. I saved 10-15k during that time, it was quite easy. I didn't live that poor either, hung out with friends, bought drinks, bought new clothes. I rented a room in a house for $500 and I bought a used $1800 car, no other major expenses.
post #67 of 92
Sorry to bring this thread back from the dead but...

Am I the only one who thinks $300 a month for groceries for one person is way high?
I mean, I also live in the city (albeit a slightly cheaper one) and I spend maybe $100 a month on groceries (and its not like I'm living on ramen), even if you added another $100/month for eating out thats still only $200 a month.

Comparatively, $120 for going out isn't going to go very far at all... especially if you have anything to eat while out drinking
post #68 of 92
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Originally Posted by Bradford View Post
One big tip that just occurred to me in reading this thread... Buy a lunch box and use it to take your lunch to work everyday.
http://www.amazon.com/Zojirushi-Bent...9168301&sr=8-1 Mr. Bento for $36 shipped. Has two warm containers that stay hot for 6 hours, and two cold ones that stay cold for 6 hours as well. I just got one and a nice Thermos for this year at school.
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I mean, I also live in the city (albeit a slightly cheaper one) and I spend maybe $100 a month on groceries (and its not like I'm living on ramen), even if you added another $100/month for eating out thats still only $200 a month.
$25/week is ridiculously low, a pound of lunch meat is a third of your budget alone. When I am trying to eat really cheap, I spend $50 on groceries. I am not purchasing any soda, cookies, snacks, processed foods, etc. and mostly things that are on sale (buy one get one free) in that week's circular. A week or two eating like this and I become prone to eating out too much. It usually works out better if I spend a bit more at the grocery and go to the local specialty market to get good things to eat, because eating out adds up QUICK.
post #69 of 92
People raise families on less. A lone college grad should breeze by. Sounds like you'll be fine, and with $800 a month to toss around, you'll be set for any partying/dating you need to do. Consider throwing $200 a month into a ROTH IRA or Savings Account. The earlier you get started, the better off you'll be in the long run.
post #70 of 92
You're not saving any money, so you're fucked. You can't spend any money, since you only have $800/mo to spend, so you're fucked. If you're coming out of college, you should be making at least 60K, so you are significantly behind the curve, so again, you're fucked. Get a different job.
post #71 of 92
I live on my own in DC making less than this.

EDIT: About the same when I consider performance income, maybe a little more. Have you tried getting a weekend job bartending or something? or performing if you play guitar or some shit?
post #72 of 92
Wow, I wouldn't consider attempting this.
post #73 of 92
I am constantly amazed at the number of posters here who are completely and utterly removed from the reality facing most people in the US. Of course you can live on $32.5K a year.
post #74 of 92
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Originally Posted by Dakota rube View Post
I am constantly amazed at the number of posters here who are completely and utterly removed from the reality facing most people in the US.

Of course you can live on $32.5K a year.

Town where I spent a good portion of my life had an average income of about 30k/year for a FAMILY OF FOUR!
post #75 of 92
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Town where I spent a good portion of my life had an average income of about 30k/year for a FAMILY OF FOUR!

hoooooollyyyyy shiiiittttttt.
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