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Old 04-16-2015, 02:37 PM
 
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I pay about 60-70% of my income on housing and utilities, and the rest is mostly food. I don't really go to the doctor. That's west coast living for you!
That seems very extreme. I think a lot of it must be moving to areas with lower housing costs. My BF and I have a great place we love and our housing costs plus utilities are around 18% of our income.

How much are people paying on housing costs?
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Old 04-16-2015, 04:03 PM
 
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California where they tax you do death and then when you die they still tax you. I would only live in CA if I was so rich I didn't have to worry about money like a multi millionaire like net worth of over 10 million. Even if I had 1 to 2 million I wouldn't move to CA, it wouldn't buy you very much.
In California you get taxed to death and get nothing for it. Crap schools, crap roads, no transit, etc. That's why I can't stand the West Coast, well one of the reasons.
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Old 04-16-2015, 04:24 PM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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In California you get taxed to death and get nothing for it. Crap schools, crap roads, no transit, etc. That's why I can't stand the West Coast, well one of the reasons.
How much do you think a "crap wages" employee gets taxed by the state of California?
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Old 04-17-2015, 03:50 PM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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Well high sales taxes which hit the poor the hardest. High gas prices, insurance rates, high water costs, high cost of food.
Just the basic necessities cost a lot more in California.
Well, yes, but it depends on where you are within California as well. I spent my first 23 years of life there (urban and small-town), I know how it works.

I voted with my feet. I wasn't going to gamble on having/not having crap wages and high COL for the rest of my life.
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Old 04-18-2015, 05:08 PM
 
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Well high sales taxes which hit the poor the hardest. High gas prices, insurance rates, high water costs, high cost of food.
Just the basic necessities cost a lot more in California.
I live in Oregon and I make virtually nothing, and I STILL have to give 10 percent of it away. The no sales tax is very nice, but things like food are not cheap here unless you have a Winco or Costco nearby.
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Old 04-20-2015, 10:55 AM
 
Location: SW Florida
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I think it should be illegal to refuse to rent to someone because they don't make a certain multiple of the rent. If you can pay the bills, that's all that matters! Just kick em out if they can't pay.
That is the thing landlords/property management companies want to avoid! They do that to help ensure they can pay and not HAVE to go through eviction process 2 months later
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Old 04-20-2015, 05:53 PM
 
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My suggestion would be to get the heck out of California if you can.
This! Me and my wife together make less than 25k a year yet we raise 4 kids on that money,2 used vehicles,3 bedroom 2 bath house for 650$ a month.
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