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Old 01-10-2015, 07:59 AM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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If I were faced with living as described in Post #2 when I got back from 'Nam I would have seriously considered going into the unauthorized pharmaceutical business. I did have to share a house with another Vet but I soon moved and found a job that paid a lot better then that. Since then I have lived frugally but quite well and now am comfortably retired.

If I were a Millennial looking for in the current job climate I would have to consider all the alternates.
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Old 01-10-2015, 11:36 AM
 
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??? I already live in a low-rent neighborhood on the edge of town, 45 minutes from downtown by bus. The only reason my rent is so high is that the rent collector lives in the house thereby depriving me of the economy of scale one might expect renting a room.

e.g. house rent works out to under $250 per bedroom, but I pay $500 becaude a drunken middleman is renting the house and then renting out the rooms at $500 a pop.
Why don't you find some odd jobs to do on your down time? You could cut the time you spend on C-D to 40% of its current value and re-allocate the remaining 60%.

The neighborhood teenagers in my area would often mow lawns for spare cash, and started with $5 to their name. You can do this with literally zero startup cost apart from being fed and clothed. So lack of money isn't an excuse. Then you earn some money to save for a laptop and webcam, so you can sell your $15k or $20k of inventory in the storage unit. Then you take the money from that and take training classes to jump into a better career, and earn even more money.

Freemkt, I know it can be discouraging to live with obnoxious people and in poverty, but there are ways out, you just have to look.
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Old 01-10-2015, 11:40 AM
 
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Stop paying for cable for everyone.

How does that save me any money? I pay him $400 at the beginning of the month and then I pay the cable/internet bill ($115) later in the month.

If I stopped paying for cable I would either pay $70 for internet or have no internet at all (therefoore could not sell anything online) plus the unpredictable drunk would be angry PLUS I would still have to pay the drunk $100 cash later n the month.
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Old 01-10-2015, 11:44 AM
 
Location: Vallejo
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So move
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Old 01-10-2015, 11:49 AM
 
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So move
Freemkt will say he has no money to move.
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Old 01-10-2015, 12:05 PM
 
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So move

Do you seriously expect a landlord to let me move in with $400? Reality is more like $1000.
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Old 01-10-2015, 02:33 PM
 
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There are fleabag weekly motels I could move into with $400 but then I would run out of money by the third week so that doesn't sound like a good idea unless intermittent homelessness sounds good.
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Old 01-12-2015, 09:31 AM
 
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There are fleabag weekly motels I could move into with $400 but then I would run out of money by the third week so that doesn't sound like a good idea unless intermittent homelessness sounds good.
There is nothing anyone can do or, say to help you.

You are going to have to help yourself.
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Old 01-12-2015, 10:00 AM
 
Location: USA
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Freemkt and the other guy, I think Parried have very dubious posts. Complaining year in and year out about their situations while ignoring all advice given to them. I, personally would spend all of my time job searching and trying to better my situation than posting on an internet message board all day long. I would move to a low COL small town and perhaps get a retail job or something. Big cities are not for the poor and chronically unemployed.
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Old 01-12-2015, 01:40 PM
 
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Gainful employment, if you have heard the term, is above and beyond what you need to pay all your bills. If your income pays for everything with nothing left over, then you are not engaged in gainful employment.
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