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Old 05-06-2012, 11:04 PM
 
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Default Living expense in San Jose

Hello members,
I would like to know that with a package of $133K fixed and $18K Variable salary, what kind of lifestyle can a family of two with an infant maintain in San Jose?

Will appreciate your valuable comments
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Old 05-07-2012, 12:37 PM
 
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
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Hello members,
I would like to know that with a package of $133K fixed and $18K Variable salary, what kind of lifestyle can a family of two with an infant maintain in San Jose?

Will appreciate your valuable comments
You can live in a nice, safe area, condo- or apartment-style living. You can go out to eat occasionally, lease or buy a decent car, and save a little a money.

You won't be able to buy property or have a fancy car. You won't be able to shop at upper-end stores like Gucci or Burberry, you'll need to shop at Walmart and Macy's. You won't be able to eat out several times a week, only a couple times.
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Old 05-07-2012, 01:27 PM
 
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You can live in a nice, safe area, condo- or apartment-style living. You can go out to eat occasionally, lease or buy a decent car, and save a little a money.

You won't be able to buy property or have a fancy car. You won't be able to shop at upper-end stores like Gucci or Burberry, you'll need to shop at Walmart and Macy's. You won't be able to eat out several times a week, only a couple times.
^^^^I second this^^^^
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Old 05-07-2012, 10:38 PM
 
Location: San Jose, CA
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you'll need to shop at Walmart
Oh no, it ain't nearly that bad.
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Old 05-08-2012, 01:27 AM
 
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well, this is quite pretty awesome..
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Old 05-08-2012, 10:11 AM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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you'll need to shop at Walmart and Macy's
Lol ... maybe Tar-zhay and Macy's.
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Old 05-08-2012, 01:41 PM
 
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
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Lol ... maybe Tar-zhay and Macy's.
Haha. When I was growing up out in the middle of nowhere, we thought Macy's was only a fancy store and so we never went in. Nowadays, I realize it's a normal store with a lot of discounts where you can get pretty cheap clothing.
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Old 05-09-2012, 12:12 AM
 
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Thank you for the inputs 80skeys !!
What are the typical rentals for 1/2 BHKs in downtown??
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Old 05-09-2012, 01:35 AM
 
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Haha. When I was growing up out in the middle of nowhere, we thought Macy's was only a fancy store and so we never went in. Nowadays, I realize it's a normal store with a lot of discounts where you can get pretty cheap clothing.
I had pretty much the same experience after I moved to the US. I guess it was the effect of living "in the middle of nowhere" (read midwest)

In any case, I would strongly discourage anyone to shop at Walmart in the Bay area. Aren't there like two Walmarts for the entire south bay anyway? I was at one of them once and I have honestly never seen a more crowded market in my life. It still gives me the chills just thinking about that.
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Old 05-09-2012, 09:20 AM
 
Location: Orange County, CA
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I had pretty much the same experience after I moved to the US. I guess it was the effect of living "in the middle of nowhere" (read midwest)

In any case, I would strongly discourage anyone to shop at Walmart in the Bay area. Aren't there like two Walmarts for the entire south bay anyway? I was at one of them once and I have honestly never seen a more crowded market in my life. It still gives me the chills just thinking about that.
As with Target, Walmart varies from store to store. Some Walmarts are better laid out, better managed, equipped with friendlier staff (yes, I said it), and better stocked than others. Some of the dirtiest stores I've ever been in with the least classy customers have been Target stores. Some of the amazingly cleanest stores, regardless of their tremendous volume, with the most positive checkout experiences have been Walmart.

The Walmart in Mountain View is quite clean last time I checked. Personally, if we choose to shop at Target, Costco, and the hundreds of dollar stores (Dollar Tree, 99 Cent, locally owned) around here, then I say let Walmart open some more stores in the Bay. I actually like 'em.
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