i'm actually surprised at how inexpensive it could be to live here. well, it's definitely not on the cheap side either but from the looks of things even $10/hour will be enough to last me and i'm in NYC. not that i'd like such a salary but.. we'll see. xD;
I'm probably going to stick around in staten island for now! brooklyn and other areas in NYC tend to be more expensive. plus it's a lot less crowded here and i tend to like it~
yeah I think as long as your living space is under 1/2 your net income you should be fine. everything's expensive and that but if you actually think before spending it's all fine!
are you looking in a particular area or just whatever is good that you can get?
1/3 seems like too little but i wouldn't be against living on my own like that even though it'd not leave room for much else. i know some people who live paycheck-to-paycheck which is extreme and that honestly seems so risky that i don't think i'd be willing to try it. sigh. well, still applying for now!
my mom says that you should aim to have your rent cost about 1/3 of what you net each month, but i'm not actually sure if that's plausible >_> also everyone says you should drop at least $50 in savings and $50 in retirement fund per month as soon as you possibly can because that adds up
definitely! i'm going to plan out a budget and see how much i'd have leftover after rent, electric, gas, food etc just so i have enough to spare incase something happens. glad i have my family to help out if need be n~n;
nah i mainly just stay out of the way and do things when told. i dont have to worry about any of it really -v-;
I think the important part about moving into an apartment with someone is making sure you're financially secure and have a system set up for like, budgeting and payment responsibilities and that.
oh i see! hopefully it's not too stressful for you. :c that sounds pretty ideal for two people though and i'm hoping i'd be able to move into a 1 or 2BR sometime soon with the boyfriend -crosses fingers-