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Old 02-22-2012, 01:21 AM
Location: Dayton, OH
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I'm 20 years old and am planning to move from Ohio to Portland OR. I have 4 grand saved up and am planning to take a greyhound to portland and rent a room while I job search. Does anyone have any suggestions to improve on my plans? Also, would you suggest getting a car first before the move? Has anyone moved to another state without a car and get by?
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Old 02-22-2012, 01:26 AM
Location: The Crocheted Cauldron
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Have you looked at the employment situation before deciding to move? Do you know how much it will cost to rent a room by the week? How are you moving furniture or are you just taking a back pack with your clothes? Personally I would not purchase a vehicle before the move. If it breaks down on the way it will drastically cut the amount of money you have left when you get there. Also, please don't carry cash with you, use a debit card. Good luck and many blessings.
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Old 02-22-2012, 03:11 AM
Location: Lexington, Kentucky
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I would check and see if they have a good mass transit system, because if not, that could end very badly.If not, you will need to invest in a car before you go.
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Old 02-22-2012, 05:36 AM
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If you are going to Portland, then you don't need a car. But are you able to wait a while longer and save up more money? Because depending on your situation, doing this with just 4 grand is going to be tough.
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Old 02-22-2012, 06:18 AM
Location: Takoma Park, MD
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I know it's probably not what you want to hear, but I would suggest waiting until you have more money saved up. Four grand is a nice chunk of change saved up, but don't bank on finding a job at the drop of a dime. I'm not sure what kind of employment you are looking for, but even retail jobs can be hard to come by these days, and Portland is not particuarly known for being a hotbed for jobs. A good rule of thumb when moving to a place without a job is having AT LEAST six months worth of living expenses saved up. Not having a car will significantly reduce your monthly expenses, but don't underestimate how quickly your expenses can add up. Personally, I would wait until your living and employment arrangements are more stable. It could turn out great, but it sounds like a bad situation waiting to happen
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Old 02-22-2012, 08:05 AM
Location: On the sunny side of a mountain
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You don't really need a car in Portland if you manage to find a place to live and work near the Max. Work being the key, Portland is very popular and even minimum wage jobs are hard to come by these days. If you do decide to go I would look into flights rather than spending close to 3 days on a Greyhound bus. Generally you can get a flight on Southwest with 2 free bags for about the same price as a bus ticket.
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Old 02-22-2012, 10:29 AM
Location: Portland, OR
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OP, do you know anyone in Portland? If so, would they be willing to let you stay with them?

Also, what are you doing with your belongings?
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Old 02-22-2012, 03:33 PM
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Instead of a move you should consider it a visit. Go and check it out and if things look great then stay. If not go back and regroup. Of course that's if you have the option of returning. At age 20 and free maybe a consideration of the Air Force or Navy is appropriate if your not going to school. Travel the world..
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Old 02-23-2012, 08:41 PM
Location: Dayton, OH
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Thanks for all the advice. I would be renting a room off craigslist. I'll probably wait until I have another grand saved.
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Old 02-24-2012, 01:18 PM
Location: Swimming in the eastern NM sea
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Have you thought about getting a job lined up before getting moved out to Portland?
I've had Albuquerque in my sights for quite awhile and have actually inquired about jobs related to security guard and distribution center work.

There might not be as many jobs in Portland proper, but there are plenty of suburbs along the MAX line that roll through some industrial areas.
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