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Old 01-14-2011, 10:58 AM
 
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"Nickel And Dimed, by Barbara Ehrenreich."

That book was okay, but Barbara kinda wimped out. If someone gave me a promise of a book deal afterwards, I could do it so much better. But that minimum wage life IS my life and has been, unfortunately.

I rent in Upstate NY for $345 and while it's a closet, I don't really feel constricted. My only beef is with the tiny kitchen with no oven. The mini fridge's freezer barely works, too.

I've been wanting to move someplace with better transportation and more things to walk to, and my research found Pittsburgh is really the place. I may very well find myself out there by June, if I get out of my current town at all. Though the downside is they're kinda in the middle of a more rural spot of PA, but that's probably why it's so much cheaper.
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Old 01-14-2011, 05:14 PM
 
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Oh that Barbara Ehrenreich was just making it hard on herself so she could sell books. I had apartments for rent at $250/mo when she was writing that book - dont recall she ever contacted me!

C'mon Key West??? Paradise isn't supposed to be cheap.

But seriously - on minimum wage you will need a roommate most places. But that doesn't make for a besteller.
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Old 01-14-2011, 05:39 PM
 
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rf - Pittsburgh is a great city. Rents are cheap because it was depopulated. So if you can land a job - go for it.
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Old 01-15-2011, 08:25 AM
 
Location: NJ
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The neighborhood I live in is packed with students and young professionals...despite the fact that it's not exactly crawling with money, you can expect a studio apartment measuring 10 x 13 feet with a small kitchenette to start at about $1,050/mo. Sure it's a closet, but it's all about the location.

1 BRs will be in the $1,500-1,800 range.
yeah, my college roommate moved to NYC after graduation and had a closet on the Upper East Side and paid about $950 - this was in 1990. I imagine that closet is now upwards of $1600-$1700.

it certainly is location!
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Old 01-15-2011, 09:18 PM
 
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A book recommendation:

Nickel And Dimed, by Barbara Ehrenreich.

The author lives on minimum wage in three different locales (Key West, FL; Portland, ME; and Minneapolis, MN).

It's a great insight.

IMO, it could be done just about anywhere. Even here in semi-expensive Denver (in the suburb of Aurora), one could find a place for $409.

Check craigslist, for example.

I have to laugh about the craigslist reference, David. Have you really checked it lately? Rents are getting sky high everywhere, and that is because there is too much pressure on the low end of the market, right where people on this post are talking about. I am 50 and can relate to the poster's wanting to live alone, but living alone in this country is going to become an extinct practice, because it's not affordable for most anymore. That's the sad reality of it.
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Old 01-16-2011, 12:36 AM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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I have to laugh about the craigslist reference, David. Have you really checked it lately? Rents are getting sky high everywhere, and that is because there is too much pressure on the low end of the market, right where people on this post are talking about. I am 50 and can relate to the poster's wanting to live alone, but living alone in this country is going to become an extinct practice, because it's not affordable for most anymore. That's the sad reality of it.
I was going to post links to examples, but per the CD TOS, that is considered advertising. Go take a look for yourself.
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Old 01-16-2011, 01:13 AM
 
Location: Oroville, California
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The Great Recession, home price "bubble burst" and resulting foreclosure mess has pushed a lot of people out of their homes and into the rental market. Rents are at the very least stable and oftentimes rising because of it in spite of the job market.

I finally was able to buy a house thanks the the real estate deflation and low interest rates. My P.I.T.I. on a 3/2 subdivision home on a 6,000 sq ft lot is exactly the same as the rent was on my old two bedroom apartment. Plus its fixed so that will never rise again (unlike my greedy landlady jacking up the rent yearly). Yeah, rents are out of reason in relation to what you get.
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Old 01-16-2011, 06:41 AM
 
Location: Western North Carolina
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I live in an area where now, if you have a job/money/credit and can qualify, you can buy a nice home with a mortgage payment that's cheaper per month than you can rent a crappy mobile home in a trailor park.

The reason for that is that rents are no longer set in relation to what working people are making around this area. The landlords can now ask for more rent because so many of the renters are now highly subsidized by the government for their housing expenses each month. If you don't qualify for housing assistance in any way, and can't purchase a home, you are out of luck around here, because the menial, low wage jobs don't pay enough to cover the cost of renting out-of-pocket.
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Old 01-16-2011, 07:28 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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I live in an area where now, if you have a job/money/credit and can qualify, you can buy a nice home with a mortgage payment that's cheaper per month than you can rent a crappy mobile home in a trailor park.

The reason for that is that rents are no longer set in relation to what working people are making around this area. The landlords can now ask for more rent because so many of the renters are now highly subsidized by the government for their housing expenses each month. If you don't qualify for housing assistance in any way, and can't purchase a home, you are out of luck around here, because the menial, low wage jobs don't pay enough to cover the cost of renting out-of-pocket.
heh. you'd think we should subsidize the landlords instead
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Old 01-20-2011, 03:56 PM
 
Location: Miami
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If I had no car payment and If my employer didn't deduct $300 a month for my health insurance, that would give me an extra $600 bucks a month. But in reality, I figure I will have a car payment or car repairs. I always have. Unless you can fix your own car, you don't necessarily save by driving an old car, IMO.
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