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Old 01-10-2011, 12:08 AM
 
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Having $4500 and a reliable vehical puts you in a much better position than many of us that had to relocate on a wing and a prayer. It all depends on how willing you are to make it work. You have to get the most out of your $4500. I have had to do this twice in my life. That means what you can fit in your car is what you get to take with you. Everything else you sell, give away, or leave sitting on the curb next to the dumpster. If you rent a storage unit chances are between the unit rent and the cost of shipping everything at a later date you will spend more than what everything is worth.

Once you get to Houston the first thing you need to do is find somewhere to live. Since you do not have a job and a chunk of the $4500 was spent just getting there you might want to consider looking for someone that is looking for a roommate. If you go this route I would recommend looking for someone that owns a house. By finding someone that owns, or is buying, a house you will not be on the hook for everything should your roommate get behind on the bills.

Next you need to get some kind of income. Unless you have a bunch of debt you can survive on less than $1000 a month. It could be some time before you find a job in your career field. I would suggest getting a night job as soon as possible. By working nights you can look for your career job during the day. Most likely it will be a lousy job paying minimum wage. You might have to string a couple jobs together to get 40 hours a week. There are a lot of people that disagree with me on this. However, the way I see it you do what you have to do to survive.

One last word regarding finding a job to survive on. A lot of people on another forum have said they can not find even a part time minimum wage job. While it can be a real challange, if you lower your standards low enough you can find work. I know because I have had to do it twice in my life. The first time I was out of work for 2 years before I lowered my standards to the point that ANY job would do. Once I did that it took me less than one day to find a job. The second time I was out of work I gave myself 1 month to find a decent job. When that did not happen I once again lowered my standards to the point that ANY job would do. Once again it only took 1 day to get hired.
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Old 01-10-2011, 08:15 AM
 
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Having $4500 and a reliable vehical puts you in a much better position than many of us that had to relocate on a wing and a prayer. It all depends on how willing you are to make it work. You have to get the most out of your $4500. I have had to do this twice in my life. That means what you can fit in your car is what you get to take with you. Everything else you sell, give away, or leave sitting on the curb next to the dumpster. If you rent a storage unit chances are between the unit rent and the cost of shipping everything at a later date you will spend more than what everything is worth.

Once you get to Houston the first thing you need to do is find somewhere to live. Since you do not have a job and a chunk of the $4500 was spent just getting there you might want to consider looking for someone that is looking for a roommate. If you go this route I would recommend looking for someone that owns a house. By finding someone that owns, or is buying, a house you will not be on the hook for everything should your roommate get behind on the bills.

Next you need to get some kind of income. Unless you have a bunch of debt you can survive on less than $1000 a month. It could be some time before you find a job in your career field. I would suggest getting a night job as soon as possible. By working nights you can look for your career job during the day. Most likely it will be a lousy job paying minimum wage. You might have to string a couple jobs together to get 40 hours a week. There are a lot of people that disagree with me on this. However, the way I see it you do what you have to do to survive.

One last word regarding finding a job to survive on. A lot of people on another forum have said they can not find even a part time minimum wage job. While it can be a real challange, if you lower your standards low enough you can find work. I know because I have had to do it twice in my life. The first time I was out of work for 2 years before I lowered my standards to the point that ANY job would do. Once I did that it took me less than one day to find a job. The second time I was out of work I gave myself 1 month to find a decent job. When that did not happen I once again lowered my standards to the point that ANY job would do. Once again it only took 1 day to get hired.

Thankyou very much
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Old 01-13-2011, 12:39 AM
 
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If you must choose Houston I agree with the poster who said to start applying for jobs now. Yes! Do it! And tell them you're moving there. Hope this helps.
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