I'm just out of college and starting a new job. I only have about 10k to my name right now (but no student loans). My salary is 50k per year ($850 a week net) with a bonus target of 30k (paid twice annually). The bonus is structured such that I should be able to hit most of it (at least 20-25k), but I've always been told not to live off a bonus. My current expenses: Car Payment: $185 Insurance: $143 What is the maximum I should pay for rent? The office is in Santa Monica and I'd like to live as close as possible. I'm really having trouble finding anything reasonable on Westside rentals or craigslist. How much should I budget to spend a month total?