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Old 06-22-2011, 08:55 PM
 
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Where are you from? Rural Arkansas?

But anyway, this proves my point. It all depends where you moved from. As I stated in my earlier post, I came from Chicago so the sticker price was equivalent. My friends from NYC and Boston can't believe how cheap LA is in comparison.

People from Texas say its a fortune, which compared to Houston, it is.
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Old 06-23-2011, 02:31 AM
 
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In addition to housing, owning a vehicle is a big expense: first if it is a late model vehicle, your registration fees will be in the hundreds, and your insurance will also be very expensive if you still owe on the car and have to have comprehensive/collision. OWNING an old car that has a low registration fee and lower insurance so that you can have just the minimal liability. Also, public transit can also be expensive if you need a monthly pass and Metrolink commuter rail is quite expensive.

Utilities would be next with SCE having the highest rates and a budget killer, while the LADWP is still among the lowest cost to consumer utilities in the country, but extra fees or taxes are tacked onto the DWP bill to fund certain city services, so your true cost goes beyond just the water and power. Now, there are bargains to be had and tricks to learn if you live a simple and even boring life, you won't spend that much. However, if you desire nightlife and eating out and seeing a movie can be a budget buster. You are going to have to find FREE things to do.

One last thing people do here is there is a financial benefit in finding romance and living with your special someone, and if you marry them, now you have a true combined income. Making it here with income presents almost zero possibility to improve your situation, unless you have a high paying job.
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Old 06-23-2011, 04:36 AM
 
Location: Hollywood, CA
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Movie Tickets are more expensive.

Weee $18 tickets!
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Old 06-23-2011, 06:54 AM
 
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$18 is typically for premium seating theaters and 3D showings. A typical weekend evening movie is still around $13.
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Old 06-23-2011, 10:30 AM
 
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The thing about Los Angeles is there are a LOT of different places and ways to spend/blow your money, and a LOT of trust fund kids/foreign money here, so there's a relatively substantial amount of the population that lives great and doesn't really do much of anything. This creates a type of culture where I think a lot of people are more apt to spend money they don't have or spend money they'd normally save on something else. Living here requires a certain amount of financial discipline that isn't as necessary in other places.
+1. I couldn't agree with this more. Coming from the Midwest, I was very frugal and saved a ton of money. I also worked a lot more, because there wasn't as much to do. Out here, I've noticed I'm way more libreal with my spending, and I can always somehow find a way to spend money on things every night.

Music, food trucks, movies, artwalks, beers, etc.. it adds up quickly.
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Old 06-23-2011, 11:54 AM
 
Location: Seattle
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+1. I couldn't agree with this more. Coming from the Midwest, I was very frugal and saved a ton of money. I also worked a lot more, because there wasn't as much to do. Out here, I've noticed I'm way more libreal with my spending, and I can always somehow find a way to spend money on things every night.

Music, food trucks, movies, artwalks, beers, etc.. it adds up quickly.
I think it's sort of like moving to Vegas in a lot of ways, except Vegas is cheap and the vices are much more obvious/apparent. LA culture is more of a "doing things" culture than a "BBQ/sit in the backyard" culture and doing stuff costs money. The types of people who move here tend to be less disciplined on average with their money (think entertainment industry/hitting it big types), and that culture definitely seeps over into non-industry types. The weather is great and the living spaces are smaller so people are more apt to go out and do stuff.

People you meet here, in my experience, are a lot "looser" with their money than similarly educated and similarly affluent types in smaller cities. It's not that things cost more...it's more that people spend more and generally have higher standards for their entertainment than in other places.
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Old 06-23-2011, 12:22 PM
 
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Though if you are into the nightlife, Las Vegas is a fortune. The vast majority of the scene is the Strip and it costs the same to locals and tourists alike.
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Old 06-23-2011, 03:22 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, Ca
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I think LA is one of the worst places to live in the country *if* you aren't good with money.

There's sort of a looney, frivolous, self help factor here...where you can very quickly spend a lot of money, get in trouble with money, get into 30% credit card debt, very $$$ quickly.

I think its a combination of many different ways to spend your money...eating out, clothes, entertainment, "trying something new" (i.e. fads). + the entertainment, Entertainment Tonight culture. Gotta have the $500 handbag Jennifer Aniston has. Gotta have Oprah's bedsheets that are $420.

+ this self help, The Secret factor. How many people during the real estate bubble just "believed" prices would continue to go up? Just visualize it going up. Etc. There's this detachment from reality. I.e., thinking you can buy 4 homes with no money down.

I think people are much more grounded in reality and practical in the midwest or east, same education and income levels. They don't have this need to "do something" all the time. I think the weather contributes...i.e., new malls being built. Like the Grove. Go spend $600 you don't have at the Grove. Where as in another part of the country, there are less new malls. Less impluse to spend. And it's maybe $80 or $100 vs $450.

Also, in other parts of the country, people are more self sufficent...like fixing your own car. Here, everything is service...let someone else do it. Little weekly or monthly charges can add up to a lot of $$$$. I would say there's many small ways for the bills to add up in LA $$$. Eating out.
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Old 06-23-2011, 05:33 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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From Collins English Dictionary:

Majorly...Slang, chiefly US and Canadian. very; really; extremely, i.e., "It was majorly important for us to do that."

Seems to be an appropriate use for the term, given that most people understand it is Slang.
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Old 06-24-2011, 11:59 AM
 
Location: Hollywood, CA
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$18 is typically for premium seating theaters and 3D showings. A typical weekend evening movie is still around $13.
$16 is the standard in Hollywood now for 2d movies.

Everything is 3d now so the excuse to jack it up to $18.
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