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Old 08-26-2014, 07:25 AM
Location: San Antonio
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Nevermind. My entire point is clearly lost somewhere in the clouds.
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Old 08-26-2014, 11:23 AM
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Originally Posted by bluecarebear View Post
Can afford about 500 - 750 a month

Wow. That may get you somewhere in Southern Virginia.

Your budget rules out:
Maryland - except for Cumberland and west.

Unless you are willing to commute hours to the city.
Yeah, 500-750 a month is hard to do in those cities.

1) wages tend to be higher in big cities, so a comparable job will pay a little more. It's hard to know your true budget is without have a job yet.
2) you can live care free - this also helps to offset some of the higher COL.
3) you can usually find cheaper options in big cities if you look outside the trendy areas- if you move to DC, look for short term group shares in College Park, Falls Church, Wheaton, etc. These aren't exactly ideal from a hip city living perspective. But, they allow you to get a place cheaply, get a job in the area, and then in 6-mo or so find more what you are looking for.
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