Originally Posted by tigerprint456
I would recommend getting a 2 BR in silver spring. It will be higher than the 1300 you planned on paying but well worth it for the additional space since you have a baby on the way. Plus silver spring is nice and has a downtown silver spring area for restaurants and shopping plus a movie theater. Also after you have been working at Howard for a year I would recommend putting in applications at government agencies because 45K is a bit low for DC in my opinion. You could make more as a researcher for a government agency somewhere else in the DC area. Also, the reason I am not recommending a lot of other areas in maryland is because silver spring will be the closest to work for you and it is where you can still live safely and not suffer long commute. Avoid Bladensburg MD, that is just a ghetto.
Make more money? I think everyone would like to make money if they can. He's gotta do what he can with the resources that he has. Also government agencies take FOREVER to apply and interview for. The baby can't wait that long. So he should make do with what he has and still put in applications.
Bladensburg is okay. Silver Spring is better but again its about making due with what has. When I first moved here I was making less than that and don't know how someone could possibly pay $1500 or $1600 a month on that salary.
With a family of three that's actually low enough to qualify for some low income housing. So that shouldn't be forgotten about.