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Old 02-25-2009, 07:04 AM
 
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what do you think? can it be done?
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Old 02-25-2009, 10:17 AM
 
Location: Kansas City, MO
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Default Peculiar Expenses

That depends on where you apply your frugality. I am moving to LA in August with a 50k salary and It seems like I will be able to afford a 1 br or studio in Santa Monica or Burbank.

I price shop on Craigslist. Recently I've been feeding rental prices into a spreadsheet. I'm using that spreadsheet to create a visual representation of the cheapest places to live in the area that interests me. Budgeting a move to LA starts out the same way any other move across the country would; figure out the basics and then research the peculiarities of the area. I've got my rent, utilities, food, insurance budgeted. I'm still working on the peculiarities part.

Start with budgeting: rent, utilities, food, insurance

I have heard from most Los Angeloans that living within 10 minutes of your work is a must for convenience and travel expense. I don't know if you've experienced the traffic, but it can get a little intense at times.

I've heard that public transport in LA leaves much to be desired, so I'm planning on keeping my car. However, know that on top of what you're paying for registration you must also pay to have your car tested for smog emissions. After you pay for that test and your car passes the test, you have to pay a 'smog impact fee'. I'm not sure what the tests cost, but I've heard the smog impact fee is ~$300. If you fail the test you must pay to repair your car...and then pay for another test.

I would appreciate if anyone living in LA could help me develop a list of "peculiar expenses". Everyone knows we need insurance and utilities...but what about those little LA specific nuances that I'm we are trying to account for?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 02-25-2009, 10:20 AM
 
Location: Planet Earth
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I've never heard of a smog impact fee. I pay about $30 bucks for the test and if you pass it, that's it. Registration is kind of pricy here compared to other states. I paid ~$50 in other states and about $140 here.
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Old 02-25-2009, 10:59 AM
 
Location: Windermere, FL
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I've never heard of a smog impact fee. I pay about $30 bucks for the test and if you pass it, that's it. Registration is kind of pricy here compared to other states. I paid ~$50 in other states and about $140 here.
Well just think...you'll be paying $280 this year when you have to renew your registration.
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Old 02-26-2009, 12:37 AM
 
Location: NoHo (North Hollywood)
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Wow Jonah! That's exactly how much I paid this year to renew my car registration: $280 smackers. With the new budget recently approved by the local legislature, it's sure to go up even further.

Oh by the way MrQuincy, down here we're often referred to (especially by the media) as "Angelinos."
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Old 02-26-2009, 05:09 PM
 
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Yes, you can make it, but you will have to work at it. See if you can rent a room from someone. I rented a room from an older lady for years when I was single. I had a seperate entrance and she was very easy to get along with. I did have my own phone line and such, but my rent included utilities.

There are many ways to "make it work."

Dawn
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Old 02-27-2009, 12:02 AM
 
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Yes, Pasadena has some affordable but still decent places, so you should be fine, assuming that you're not expecting to live in a huge place or in the lap of luxury. If you mean Pasadena-area you'll have even more options to choose from.

As far as LA expenses, don't forget about earthquake insurance - you buy it separately from your regular renter's insurance policy. (that was new to me, not having grown up in earthquake country)
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Old 02-27-2009, 04:16 PM
 
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Do you already live in the LA area or are you moving from out of state?
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