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Old 05-03-2007, 02:36 PM
 
Location: Toronto, Canada
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Time to be a New Jack Hustler; find ways to make quick money then bounce to another state
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Old 05-03-2007, 02:39 PM
 
Location: Toronto, Canada
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scratch that.. another country
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Old 05-03-2007, 03:21 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Forgive me for inserting personal details into my initial post to make my situation seem somewhat interesting, and prompt people to maybe offer suggestions to help who wouldn't ordinarily. I didn't realize a requirement for this forum was "sterile and boring." Just the facts ma'am.

Perhaps you should seek professional help in how to be compassionate. You know zilch about my life, yet you feel free to criticize and assume it's all my fault. Well, maybe I am to blame, and maybe I'm not....I'm not here to sort out my mental problems.

If anyone else has actual ideas, I'd love to hear them.
Sorry, wish I could help. I just have no idea from your post what sort of advice you are looking for if any. Time for me to move over to another thread...next!
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Old 05-04-2007, 12:42 PM
 
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Default move away

Try to find a job near your current home. Don't bring your child into LA Unified Schools. Even westside schools are like juvenile hall. Rents for one bedrooms start at $1800. You may want to leave this area for something more affordable. California dreaming is something of the past.
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Old 05-05-2007, 01:15 PM
 
Location: Los Feliz
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Been there. My best suggestion is to find maybe a back/mother-in-law unit and speak to the owner directly. Keep a contrite attitude and be determined and you'll find a place sooner or later. Craigslist or walking a neighborhood I like and looking for signs brought me luck. Sorry to hear you're having a hard time.
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Old 05-05-2007, 09:08 PM
 
Location: Long Beach, CA
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Hi All,

I'm at my wits end! I left everything I owned in the MidWest a couple years ago to be in the land of sunshine and dreams...

I currently live in an apartment near Agoura Hills, and work in West LA (close to 405 and 10 intersection). The drive to and from work is KILLING me, mentally and financially. I badly want to be closer to work to avoid the long commute and also to have more time to spend with my 9 year old son.

Problem...I declared bankruptcy a couple years ago before I came out here..the bank took everything... my credit is in the toilet because I can't make ends meet, and no one will lease an apartment to me without a co-signer. I had a friend who co-signed the one I'm in now, but we've since had a falling out. I have no one!

I'm spending $600 per month on gas (I also have to drive for my job, which is not reimbursed), my car payment is $500/month and my insurance is costing me $400/month. Everything that has to do with getting around this desert is costing me a fortune.

How am I supposed to fix this?? I feel like I'm sinking into a hole and cannot crawl out.

Do any landlords give someone a break for having bad credit? I have a great job and make decent money. Does anyone know of a place in West LA for $1500/month or less...that's relatively safe with decent schools for my son?

Thanks,
Losing my mind just to have year-round sun

You're going to have a difficult time even with a co-signer. I wish you the best.
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Old 05-06-2007, 09:11 AM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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Default Simplify your life

Whoa whoa whoa -- you should be living closer


Try Sherman Oaks, Van Nuys, Burbank, N Hollywood -- definitely some 1500 and less/month for a one bedroom. What about living in Westwood near work and saving on gas? Even if you paid 1700/month in Westwood you are still ahead cuz you dont have all the gas to spend, right :-)

I also noticed you are paying 500/month for a car payment. What are you driving, a Mercedes? Whats your gas mileage like? I estimated for 600 dollars a month, driving about 2500 miles per month (35 mile trip each way to agoura hills and some on the weekend), with $3.50/gallon gas you are getting about 15 miles per gallon. Since there is a lot of traffic I imagine you have a fairly economical car, maybe 25 mpg. If I were you I'd get rid of that car and get something more efficient.

You could buy a used Honda Accord maybe 2002 or 2003. I don't know how you got approved for your current car for bad credit or maybe you are paying 500/month because of bad credit for a similar kind of car. Volkswagen Jetta is good too on gas and comfy. If you want to splurge get an Acura TSX, Volvo S40, some kind of luxury car that uses regular gas.
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Old 05-06-2007, 09:26 AM
 
Location: Prospect, KY
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If I were financially strapped and in your situation, I would move out of California - not a place where someone with your problems should live. I'm sorry for all your troubles - there are other places to live where perhaps you could have a simpler life with less pressure. Do you have any relatives that can help you? Are you getting child support?
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Old 05-06-2007, 12:03 PM
 
Location: Portland, OR
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If I were financially strapped and in your situation, I would move out of California - not a place where someone with your problems should live. I'm sorry for all your troubles - there are other places to live where perhaps you could have a simpler life with less pressure. Do you have any relatives that can help you? Are you getting child support?
She can live in California she just needs to simplify things. She has a great job in the Westwood area she said and she doesn't have that job elsewhere.

Where else can you get such beautiful inspiring scenery and palm trees? Traffic or not driving up the 405 pass and seeing the Getty Center, the drive through downtown LA is unmatched elsewhere. Just my two cents. Live there if you can.
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