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Old 05-14-2015, 11:16 AM
 
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I will probably never make more than $20 or $25 per hour and I have 2 kids and we want about 2 more. We own a home in San Diego (bought a foreclosure at auction) but SD is a very rich area and everything (gas, cigarettes etc) is over priced. I'm born in Europe raised in Boston and I will never take benefits. I won't make my wife work either. We have one car, don't eat out and are both smokers. We want our kids to go to decent schools and not live in the hood. What's the best large city for us?

I'm thinking somewhere in TX or Phoenix what do you think
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Old 05-14-2015, 12:08 PM
 
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Old 05-14-2015, 12:48 PM
 
Location: California → Tennessee → Ohio
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Old 05-14-2015, 01:06 PM
 
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Seattle? I thought it was yuppy paradise up there
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Old 05-14-2015, 01:47 PM
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$20-25 an hour is low wage? Most people would consider $10-15 to fit that definition.
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Old 05-14-2015, 02:17 PM
 
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$20-25 an hour is low wage? Most people would consider $10-15 to fit that definition.
I guess it's relative. I make about $41000 a year before taxes. California and Uncle Sam takes about a 3rd so that's around $28k or like $540 a week. Monthly (4 weeks) that's $2160. I have a wife and 2 kids that's about $500 per month in food. Me and my wife smoke about a pack a day at $8 so that's $560. So a after that I have $1000 to pay mortgage, utilities, gas and insurance.


Sure feels low wage. We only survive by using credit cards, taking pay day loans and converting our garage into a studio and renting it out
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Old 05-14-2015, 02:22 PM
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I guess it's relative. I make about $41000 a year before taxes. California and Uncle Sam takes about a 3rd so that's around $28k or like $540 a week. Monthly (4 weeks) that's $2160. I have a wife and 2 kids that's about $500 per month in food. Me and my wife smoke about a pack a day at $8 so that's $560. So a after that I have $1000 to pay mortgage, utilities, gas and insurance.


Sure feels low wage. We only survive by using credit cards, taking pay day loans and converting our garage into a studio and renting it out
Yeah, I get what you're saying. But as a single person, I could live like a king on that money.
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Old 05-14-2015, 02:26 PM
 
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Yeah, I get what you're saying. But as a single person, I could live like a king on that money.
I'm not a single person though.
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Old 05-14-2015, 03:59 PM
 
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You need to move to Atlanta. Housing prices are a lot cheaper, cigs are way cheaper, and taxes will be lower. Wages are firming up here as well - you should be able to make what you're making now in Cali.

Texas would be a good choice as well - either Dallas or Houston.
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Old 05-14-2015, 04:40 PM
 
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Seattle? I thought it was yuppy paradise up there
Yeah, if you want a decent life working low wages, I would honestly avoid the West entirely. The pay is low and the cost of living is high pretty much anywhere from the Rockies westward.
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