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Old 04-29-2008, 08:05 AM
 
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I am finishing my graduate degree in Psychology up here in New York and am planning on moving to the NOVA area this summer. I have 2 job interviews and hope one of them will work out. One job will pay about 20 dollars an hour with the other one paying around 31 dollars an hour. I am assuming the 31 dollars an hour job will be enough to cover cost of living but I am not so sure about the 20 dollars an hour. I can choose how many hours a week I want to work and plan on keeping it around 40, although I could do 45 if I needed to.

With the 31/hour I would be working/living in Herndon and the 20/hour I would be working/living in the Manassas/Gainesville area.

To give you some background information I am a 23 year old male who plans on moving down here solo, although I may seek a roomate because splitting a 2 bedroom apartment would be cheaper than getting my own one bedroom apartment. Both jobs will offer solid benefits. I have a reliable Honda that I plan to keep two more years. I have no outstanding credit card bills, my undergraduate loans are paid, but I will have to pay my graduate school loans. I do not lead a high-maintenance life. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to ask if it will help in giving advice. Thanks in advance!
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Old 04-29-2008, 08:10 AM
 
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31 pre fax or after tax?
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Old 04-29-2008, 08:11 AM
 
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$20 an hour is what, roughly 40K....

If you live with roommates, you should be ok.
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Old 04-29-2008, 08:16 AM
 
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31 pre fax or after tax?
$31/hour and $20/hour before taxes

Assuming two weeks vacation, 40 hours a week for 50 weeks at 20 dollars/hour is $40,000. I also coach roller hockey on the side and will probably make little extra doing that. Thanks for your help so far. Hopefully I will be able to find a roomate
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Old 04-29-2008, 08:24 AM
 
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Craigslist is your friend there.
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Old 04-29-2008, 08:48 AM
 
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Thanks for your help, does anyone else have any opinions/ideas/thoughts?
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Old 04-29-2008, 09:00 AM
 
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About 3 years ago I was able to live in this area off of 32K a year. I was living by myself in an efficency apartment in a luxury apartment complex. It had the tiniest kitchen I have ever seen, but other than that it was a nice place.

If you don't mind roommates it is even easier.
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Old 04-29-2008, 09:01 AM
 
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About 3 years ago I was able to live in this area off of 32K a year. I was living by myself in an efficency apartment in a luxury apartment complex. It had the tiniest kitchen I have ever seen, but other than that it was a nice place.

If you don't mind roommates it is even easier.
If you don't mind me asking what was the place called that you lived in? Was it one of those apartment complexes that you can only live in if you are under a certain salary amount?
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Old 04-29-2008, 09:04 AM
 
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I have lived in two bedroom apt, 3 years ago in Chantilly, and paid $1110+utilities.
Chantilly Crossing Apartments.

You can live on 40K in this area, but you have to watch your budget.
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Old 04-29-2008, 09:06 AM
 
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You do have a budget, right ? =)
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