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Old 03-13-2017, 05:19 PM
 
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Because the less of this:



Means more of this:



Before I bought my place I lived with several roommates. They kept asking how I could afford a down payment. Meanwhile they're making a several times weekly habit of washing down charcuterie plates with some overpriced tulip of treehouse.
Exactly - 735488364 channels of crapcast, financed latest iphone with sooperdooperpooper VIP plan and credit card payments for all those gucci sneaks and canada douche jackets easily add up to about $200k worth of monthly mortgage payments, which would have actually gotten you a semi-decent condo a few years ago.
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Old 03-13-2017, 05:29 PM
 
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So you guys can keep patting yourselves on the back for living frugally, but would you really recommend that OP take this job transfer?
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Old 03-13-2017, 05:39 PM
 
Location: Somerville, MA
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So you guys can keep patting yourselves on the back for living frugally, but would you really recommend that OP take this job transfer?
I'm far from frugal

But to answer your question, it depends...

They now know what it costs to live here, but what we don't know is how they can trim their budget to make it work. Several other people pointed out that there are wildly different tolerances as to what constitutes a must have, and that is a sacrifice they may have to make.

We all know $800 doesn't get you very far within 100mi of Boston, but get rid of the car payment, a $150/mo bill here and there and $1200 might just make it work.
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Old 03-13-2017, 05:45 PM
 
Location: Boston, MA
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So you guys can keep patting yourselves on the back for living frugally, but would you really recommend that OP take this job transfer?
Not patting myself on the back. Pointing out that this forum runs rather wealthy and to consider that maybe it's not as simple as that. I lived with a married couple and their cat a few years ago at 700/month on comm Ave in brighton. Depends on what the alternative is.
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Old 03-13-2017, 05:57 PM
 
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OP hasn't suggested that there's any real motivation behind this move--didn't say he has family here, has always wanted to live in Boston, has a medical condition that requires the best care, etc.--so I just can't see, given the information we have, why it would be a good idea for him to move to a place with a much higher average COL on the same salary.

I do think people on this forum often scare posters away by suggesting you'll be a pauper here if you're a couple who makes a combined $100,000 (which is absolutely not true) but the evidence we do have suggests this potential move to Boston isn't advisable, from my perspective.
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Old 03-13-2017, 06:22 PM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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OP hasn't suggested that there's any real motivation behind this move--didn't say he has family here, has always wanted to live in Boston, has a medical condition that requires the best care, etc.--so I just can't see, given the information we have, why it would be a good idea for him to move to a place with a much higher average COL on the same salary.

I do think people on this forum often scare posters away by suggesting you'll be a pauper here if you're a couple who makes a combined $100,000 (which is absolutely not true) but the evidence we do have suggests this potential move to Boston isn't advisable, from my perspective.
I think he was just looking a possibilities. Better that than some who have already accepted a job offer without knowing just how expensive it is here.
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Old 03-13-2017, 06:43 PM
 
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Before I bought my place I lived with several roommates. They kept asking how I could afford a down payment. Meanwhile they're making a several times weekly habit of washing down charcuterie plates with some overpriced tulip of treehouse.


Tree House is far far faaar from overpriced. It's a bargain for how great it is. You could possibly make an argument that Trillium is overpriced. Lord Hobo IS overpriced. Tree House is note even close to it. You're also not getting it at a bar or restaurant, so I guess they're eating that charcuterie plate at home, which is pretty fiscally prudent.
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Old 03-13-2017, 06:48 PM
 
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I pay 570 in brighton.

My peers have awful financial priorities and can't imagine life without a big screen, HBO go, Netflix, Hulu, MacBook pro, and walking more than 5 minutes to get anywhere.
Oh yeah, those $15/mo Netflix payments are a real backbreaker.
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Old 03-13-2017, 06:50 PM
 
Location: Forks,WA
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Are you able to at least double your current rental budget, plus more for utilities (oil heat can get pricy depending on the cost of oil that winter)? How many and what kind of pet are you talking about? Add extra cost for that, as well as more expensive vet bills than you're probably used to.

I wouldn't take a transfer without a significant salary bump.

What does your wife do for work?
Unlikely I'll have much of an increase since I'm fairly new to the company.

We have 2 boxers and 2 cats.

Wife is on SSDI fixed income.
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Old 03-13-2017, 06:57 PM
 
Location: Forks,WA
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OP hasn't suggested that there's any real motivation behind this move--didn't say he has family here, has always wanted to live in Boston, has a medical condition that requires the best care, etc.--so I just can't see, given the information we have, why it would be a good idea for him to move to a place with a much higher average COL on the same salary.

I do think people on this forum often scare posters away by suggesting you'll be a pauper here if you're a couple who makes a combined $100,000 (which is absolutely not true) but the evidence we do have suggests this potential move to Boston isn't advisable, from my perspective.
It's for the job,that's all...and to be closer to family in PA/NJ than WA state is currently.
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