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Old 12-22-2015, 05:18 PM
 
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Sleeping in your car....
Eating from the Dollar Menu....
Bathing in public bathrooms....

What else?

So how many months or years do you think you could stretch $5,000?
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Old 12-22-2015, 05:22 PM
 
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We could make that amount of money last more than six months living in our home.
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Old 12-22-2015, 05:22 PM
 
Location: MMU->ABE->ATL->ASH
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A month maybe two,,,
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Old 12-22-2015, 05:24 PM
 
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It depends on where you are. If you take $5,000 into Mexico or Central America, you can last much longer. (Assuming you don't get robbed or kidnapped.)
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Old 12-22-2015, 05:32 PM
 
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For me, I think I could last 2 years.....

$5/day on food & soda ($150/month)
$30/month on Cellphone for entertainment
$10/month coin laundry
$10/month gas
$5/month toiletries

How realistic is this?
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Old 12-22-2015, 05:36 PM
 
Location: Wartrace,TN
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That's 96.15 dollars a week or 416.66 per month.

My taxes are 360 dollars per year.
I could cut my homeowners insurance.
My electric is roughly 80 dollars per month on average. I could probably cut it down to 60/mo if I had to.
If I cut out the internet and netflix I would save 98 dollars per month.
House is paid for.
No debt.

I would have 326.00 per month to feed myself and the animals. That would be 75 dollars per week. I would need 20/week for the animals so I would have to eat on 55/week. I could probably do it but I would need a huge garden.

I wouldn't be comfortable but I would survive somehow.
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Old 12-22-2015, 05:58 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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That's 96.15 dollars a week or 416.66 per month.

My taxes are 360 dollars per year.
I could cut my homeowners insurance.
My electric is roughly 80 dollars per month on average. I could probably cut it down to 60/mo if I had to.
If I cut out the internet and netflix I would save 98 dollars per month.
House is paid for.
No debt.

I would have 326.00 per month to feed myself and the animals. That would be 75 dollars per week. I would need 20/week for the animals so I would have to eat on 55/week. I could probably do it but I would need a huge garden.

I wouldn't be comfortable but I would survive somehow.
The question was living in your car - not in your home.
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Old 12-22-2015, 06:08 PM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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IDK... do bums even have cars?
Why would a bum have $5000?
Is a guy living with the parents a bum?
Bums out on the street would qualify for shelters and other support.

I think the question is flawed.
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Old 12-22-2015, 06:19 PM
 
Location: In a vehicle.
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Sleeping in your car....
Eating from the Dollar Menu....
Bathing in public bathrooms....

What else?

So how many months or years do you think you could stretch $5,000?
Oh...Just noticed "Sleeping in car"


Well, sleeping bag 20 degree type.
small camping stove for cooking
Food bank for bread and other things not available
Gas....limit travel....
I would use the local community center for wifi and could bathe in a limited fashion. Also to keep warm.

You also have to consider insurance for vehicle...I pay $38 for $50K liability...

Right now, I can get by on about $550 but I work and make 3 X that amount

I'd guess $400, "Maybe" less per month.....So about a year. But it would suck with no diversions...
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Old 12-22-2015, 06:25 PM
 
Location: Wartrace,TN
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The question was living in your car - not in your home.
The thread title is "How long could you survive on $5,000 living like a bum.

I replied on how I could live on 5,000. How many "bums" have a car?

I would feel like a bum even in my own home if all I had was 5k per year. I guess I should include a "booze budget" if I were a true "bum".
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