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Old 11-01-2015, 08:42 AM
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Location: The Biggest Little Meth Lab In The World
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I'm going to be losing my job of the last 7 years and since I have no degree I'll be taking a substantial pay cut. I know I'll be able to find work, especially if I stay in the Reno area, but I'll likely be making somewhere around 12/hr. I was by no means making "good" money, even at around 18/hr I was finding it difficult to find a decent place to live in the Sparks area. This really raises the concern of how I'll be able to put a roof over my head on much less money per month.

I know the west coast is not the place to be if you're looking for cost efficient housing, but I pretty much refuse to move anywhere else. Wondering if any towns would be worth the hassle of moving to that might still offer work. If I stay in Nevada I was thinking Carson or Gardnerville as I think cost of living is slightly less than the Reno area. Otherwise I'm interested in Washington - towns like Olympia, Bellingham, or Spokane. OR I'm considering living in a van and traveling around to avoid the snow and work temp jobs as I go.
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Old 11-02-2015, 11:29 AM
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Olympia or esp. Bellingham will be much more expensive than Reno/Sparks. And without much of a boost in available employment.

Spokane is probably worth a look, at least on COL.
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Old 11-03-2015, 01:09 PM
Location: Henderson, NV
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There's a reason millions of people live in hellholes like Houston and Las Vegas that have thriving economies. Actually, I thought those places would be horrible, but they gradually grow on you as you discover their sometimes elusive charms. Anyway, I have found over several decades that there's a distinct trade off that if you want a low cost of living combined with good jobs, you're not going to get gorgeous scenery/climate/culture. It's one of those triangle charts: Scenery, Jobs, Cheap Housing: Pick 2.
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Old 11-03-2015, 01:51 PM
Location: Yakima WA
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Since you are interested in Washington and are looking for cheap you might want to look into Yakima where I have lived for 2 years. It's probably the cheapest city in WA. Many people consider it ghetto yet there are nice parts. It is located near the Cascades with lot's of recreation/outdoor areas in driving distance. Your story sounds nearly identical to mine and I have been able to survive here.
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Old 11-03-2015, 08:18 PM
Location: Auburn, New York
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I'm not sure what you do for work, but if you can take the heat, consider getting a job at one of the casinos in Laughlin and living across the river in Bullhead City.

El Paso is cheap, safe, with a decent enough economy. While El Paso is not Weat Coast, neither is Nevada.

I enjoyed my time in Billings, but I'm not sure if it's cheaper than Reno.

But, personally, I'd invest my energy in professional development rather than moving.
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