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Old 07-26-2008, 09:13 PM
 
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Hello all I plan on moving in the next 3 months from St. louis to Dallas without any sound place to live or work with $5,000 cash in my hands. I'm 21, single, and the only debt I have is my student loan (quite a bit though $40,000). I also have about $2,000 left on my car but my next payment won't be until far 2010 sometime because I've paid $7,000 of it off really early ahead of schedule.

Anyways I'm ready to get out of this city and explore what else is out there, I don't need much but I do hope to find a job within 3 months. Has anyone elxe made a move similar to this as far as moving with no job or place to live in tact and only a little amount of money to survive? I would really like to hear experiences, I'm excited but nervous at the same time but I know I'll regret it if I don't take the chance now. Lets hear those experiences!
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Old 07-26-2008, 09:43 PM
 
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Sort of,

First thign is to realize that money burns through fast! So go on the very cheap and do not hold out for a great job, take any job for now while concentrating on looking for a career.

Also do not at all be tempted to take on more debt.

I moved back to the US from Europe with no car, residence, nothing. Started all over! Arrived in NYC with no plans or anything. We rented a car a drove around, found a car and bought it then got hooked up with a job, but quit 2 weeks later when I decided to start college.

We had a lot of cash though, a whole lot, so finances were not putting any stress on us.
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Old 07-28-2008, 11:07 AM
 
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Try to rent somewhere to live,cheap, and month to month. It is better to have an address to give when job hunting. Once employment is secured you can move to an upgrade. You have a vehicle already which is good! This can be done, just watch those expenditures.
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Old 07-28-2008, 11:48 AM
 
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Good Luck! I know it can be done. My little sister did it right out of college and straight to Dallas as well. She got an apartment (not the best) in one day and had a job within 2 weeks. She makes 6 figures now (4 years later) so I guess she did all right.
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Old 07-29-2008, 11:09 AM
 
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Thanks for the replies that's really good to hear
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Old 07-29-2008, 12:08 PM
 
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I have a similar move stlsmoore. I live in Dallas and on August 30th i'm moving to Chicago with only 3K, no car or car payments, and 2 bills (cell phone and 100 a month in student loans). A little scary but I have a friend who moved to South Florida with less money and more bills. I'm very excited though. Good luck with your move!
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Old 07-29-2008, 01:07 PM
 
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Well having a car is a good thing in dallas. I would look for a room to rent maybe with dinner included type. Stay cheap as you can and you shuold be OK. I also would take any job just to get by when looking for the right job. I know it looks scary but with 5000 and a car you shouold get by esily. Good luck
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Old 07-29-2008, 03:50 PM
 
Location: SoFlo to SoCal (Hacienda Heights)
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I know I'll regret it if I don't take the chance now.
Couldnt agree more. I wish I'd done it when I was 21. I couldve been where I wanted to be already. But I'm doing it now that I'm 25.. better late than never I suppose.

I think 5k should be enough for a single female. And I dont think it'll take you 3 months to find a job in a place as big as Dallas.

Good luck!
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Old 07-30-2008, 10:35 AM
 
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Thanks for all the advice everyone!
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