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Old 06-27-2013, 04:33 PM
 
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Do you think it's possible to live in Louisville on $12 an hour working 38 hours a week?

I'm trying to help a friend decide whether it's worth it to leave his job in Etown and move here for one he was offered. He has a studio apartment lined up for $425 a month but he has to let them know by July the 1st.

Currently he makes $10.10 per hour in Etown (but only gets 32 hours a week) and pays the same in rent for a 2BR. He insists that costs of living there are a lot lower and I believe him but I've never lived there and he's never lived here!

(He said it was OK if I shared this info as long as I didn't give his name! :P)
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Old 06-28-2013, 01:58 AM
 
Location: New Albany, IN
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Oh yes definitely it is possible. I did it while earning far less than $12/hour. Your friend won't be living in the nicest, newest neighborhoods though. I suggest he does what I did and live in Old Louisville. The neighborhood is close to everything and half of the housing is decent.

Would he be leaving E-town just to make a little more money, or are there other factors involved? If it's just for the money then I don't think the move is necessary.
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Old 06-28-2013, 10:12 AM
 
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I think there are a bunch of factors involved...
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Old 06-28-2013, 04:57 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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He be fine depending on his lifestyle. I made $12 an hour last year in Louisville and had a small older place in St Matthews for $400 a month. I had CC debt but no car payment.
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Old 06-28-2013, 08:48 PM
 
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How much are/were your utilities? He said his water bill is $25 a month in Etown. Mine is included in my rent here in Louisville but I'm pretty sure it's at least $80 or $90 otherwise...
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Old 06-29-2013, 03:12 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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How much are/were your utilities? He said his water bill is $25 a month in Etown. Mine is included in my rent here in Louisville but I'm pretty sure it's at least $80 or $90 otherwise...
I got an apt where I only had to pay electric. It never got over $50, averaged $35 a month. This was with two window AC/heating units.
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Old 07-02-2013, 09:19 AM
 
Location: wannabeinkentucky
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How much are/were your utilities? He said his water bill is $25 a month in Etown. Mine is included in my rent here in Louisville but I'm pretty sure it's at least $80 or $90 otherwise...
Ours is less than $75 every statement but that is for 2 months not 1. We water outside plants, wash our cars, kids bring their laundry here, etc. So unless he takes showers 10 times a day I am pretty sure it would be around $25 or less a month in an apartment.
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Old 07-04-2013, 08:42 PM
 
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Make what you will of this. Just thought it was appropriate for the conversation.

http://www.courier-journal.com/artic...rbox|text|Home
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Old 07-07-2013, 06:14 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Make what you will of this. Just thought it was appropriate for the conversation.

http://www.courier-journal.com/artic...rbox|text|Home
I think the OP is single and childless. Not really applicable.
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Old 07-08-2013, 01:45 AM
 
Location: Lexington, Kentucky
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If he is young and single, he will probably have a lot more to do in Louisville, and be a lot happier, I would imagine. I would think Louisville might be more expensive (cities usually are more expensive than small towns or rural areas in general.) But that being said,
I don't consider Louisville to be a really expensive place to live, it really has some bargains
imo (or at least when I lived there it did.)
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