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Old 08-03-2013, 09:52 AM
 
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Hey guys,
My name is Jeremy and I just got offered a teaching Apprenticeship in Denver. They originally wanted me to move out there in two weeks but I told them I need at least eight. Basically:

1.) The pay is 24,500/yr
2.)Where can/should I live that is affordable?
3.) I have a pitbull, so how far away from Denver do I have to live in order to abide by the ridiculous breed ban.
4.)Is that salary enough for me to live/be worth it to move half way across the country-- I'm from New York.
5.)What's the deal with marijuana? Is it actually legal, or what?

If any of you could answer any or all of these questions, I would truly appreciate it!

Thank you!!

--Jeremy
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Old 08-03-2013, 09:57 AM
 
Location: Denver
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Where is your apprenticeship (cross streets)? Can't speak to the breed ban. Marijuana is legal, but retail stores won't open until next year. A lot of municipalities have banned retail sales. $24.5 is a difficult salary to work with in the metro area, but it might be possible. Are you open to a roommate situation? That will greatly increase your chances of finding a decent living situation.
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Old 08-03-2013, 10:09 AM
 
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Link for towns NOT to live in.

Denver Area Breed Bans

I would stay away from their borders also so you don't have to worry walking around.

Pay seems very low to me but I'm not in that field so don't know if it is normal. You may have to do a room mate situation.

Weed is only legal for those who don't have to get drug tested for their jobs.

With no cross streets neighborhoods can't be suggested.
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Old 08-03-2013, 07:42 PM
 
Location: C-U metro
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No. 24k is poverty and only suitable for those who live in their parent's basement.
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Old 09-13-2013, 10:55 AM
 
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No. 24k is poverty and only suitable for those who live in their parent's basement.
That's just silly. I make way less than that and I've been living away from my parents for years. I don't live in Denver, but prices aren't too much cheaper where I am (Asheville).

24k would be a massive raise for me. It may technically count as poverty but don't act like it's impossible to live on less than that. Some of us have roommates, don't have a smart phone, drive cheap old cars with low insurance, etc etc etc. There are plenty of ways to get by with less money and if someone wants to move to Denver, they can. It's not like it's free to live anywhere.
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Old 09-18-2013, 03:38 PM
 
Location: Denver
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Not sure about pitbull ban as I never had a dog.
Marijuana is legal but you'll loose your job if they do drug test as it's not allowed in almost all line of work.
So basically, you can smoke ganja and then stay home for 6 months until it clears out of your system to go looking for a job that needs drug screening.
Some jobs like mine do random drug test so it's never safe to smoke it.

Look for apt/houses near Arvada/Lakewood/Littleton area if you commute to Denver downtown.
East/south of Denver is very crowded and traffic on I-25 is terrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrible.

Denver should be definitely cheaper than NY but is expensive than Dallas where I moved from.
$24K is way above poverty line and livable in Denver but it'll need some savings on spending habit.
Poverty line:
2013 POVERTY GUIDELINES FOR THE 48 CONTIGUOUS STATES AND THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Persons in family/household-->Poverty guideline
For families/households with more than 8 persons, add $4,020 for each additional person.
1-->$11,490
2-->15,510
3-->19,530
4-->23,550
5-->27,570
6-->31,590
7-->35,610
8-->39,630
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Old 09-18-2013, 07:57 PM
 
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It's not just breed bans, very few landlords will accept pit bulls. Doesn't matter how tame they are, many insurers will cancel policies if they even see them at a property visiting. In a tight market it's just easier for a landlord to say no to you.
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Old 09-18-2013, 10:15 PM
 
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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$24K is doable if you already have a car and some furniture, and no outstanding debts, such as car payment or student loans. It also helps if this job offers health insurance. My daughter lived on about $20K/yr with a roommate with seemingly no problems.
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Old 09-19-2013, 11:56 AM
 
Location: Cole neighborhood, Denver, CO
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Weed is only legal for those who don't have to get drug tested for their jobs.
WTF? Weed is legal for everyone over 21. Yes, you can still get fired for failing a drug test, but that has nothing to do with the law.
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Old 09-20-2013, 11:10 AM
 
Location: On the corner of Grey Street
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Not sure I would be willing to relocate for such a low salary. If you want to live in the city and actually have money to enjoy the city and go to sports events, happy hours, concerts, etc. then that is not enough. I made almost twice that much and it was really hard - rent is expensive in Denver and if you have any debt such as credit cards, student loans, car payment, etc. I don't see how you could do it. Maybe if you have a roommate and no debt. Maybe.
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