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$1,600 per month income
Posted by: kap
Date: April 09, 2009 08:01PM
Could one live on that amount frugally in So CA?



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Re: $1,600 per month income
Posted by: DP
Date: April 09, 2009 08:03PM
Yes, under the Sunset overpass...
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Re: $1,600 per month income
Posted by: space-time
Date: April 09, 2009 08:07PM
depends.
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Re: $1,600 per month income
Date: April 09, 2009 08:12PM
Sure, $600 for a lease on a used Honda Pilot to sleep in, $400 for a monthly parking space, $400 for Charbucks coffee and muffins, and $200 for a gym membership for a place to take a shower.



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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 04/09/2009 08:13PM by Filliam H. Muffman.
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Re: $1,600 per month income
Posted by: WHiiP
Date: April 09, 2009 08:14PM
IF your humble abode is paid for and your food and taxes (property tax in particular) are covered in the $1600, as is your health insurance (or Medicare), utilities, haircuts, cable, internet, cell-phone, etc.

Sure.



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Re: $1,600 per month income
Posted by: Doc
Date: April 09, 2009 08:16PM
In SoCal? Sure. With 5 roommates. Or 10 in NoCal.
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Re: $1,600 per month income
Posted by: Harbourmaster
Date: April 09, 2009 08:17PM
Two questions...

Net or Gross?

&

How bad of a neighborhood are you willing to live in?



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Re: $1,600 per month income
Posted by: space-time
Date: April 09, 2009 08:20PM
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Filliam H. Muffman
Sure, $600 for a lease on a used Honda Pilot to sleep in, $400 for a monthly parking space, $400 for Charbucks coffee and muffins, and $200 for a gym membership for a place to take a shower.

No money for gas? then why lease a running vehicle? buy a dead vehicle to sleep in and spend the $600 for hookers and booze
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Re: $1,600 per month income
Posted by: AAA
Date: April 09, 2009 08:29PM
Just move into the heartland.
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Re: $1,600 per month income
Posted by: Drew
Date: April 09, 2009 08:35PM
I think that you could buy a whole house in Detroit for a one-time payment of $1600.
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Re: $1,600 per month income
Posted by: motopsyco
Date: April 09, 2009 09:08PM
In San Francisco hookers and booze are twice that and doesn't include the fish sticks.

Cheers!
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Re: $1,600 per month income
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: April 09, 2009 09:31PM
Depends on WHERE in Southern California, I suppose...
There are lots of places out in the desert, in a trailer, where $1600 would keep you going just fine.
In an actual city? Only with great difficultly.

Could it be done? Sure. You would not enjoy that lifestyle.



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Re: $1,600 per month income
Posted by: blusubaru
Date: April 09, 2009 09:33PM
$1600 cash?
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Re: $1,600 per month income
Posted by: Blankity Blank
Date: April 09, 2009 09:37PM
You'd have to be really flexible, but if that's net take home you could probably make it work.

Rent. Live with one or more roommates to avoid living in a really bad neighborhood.

Transportation. If you've got great credit, a spotless driving record and are in the right age range you might be able to avoid the beat up used car route or, even worse, public transportation.

Be prepared to be a K-Mart shopper.

Some people are wizards at pinching a penny. I wouldn't want to do it for long if I could help it.
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Re: $1,600 per month income
Posted by: kap
Date: April 09, 2009 09:52PM
$1600 net income



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Re: $1,600 per month income
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: April 09, 2009 10:24PM
get married and double your household income.
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Re: $1,600 per month income
Posted by: BigGuynRusty
Date: April 09, 2009 10:34PM
I've done it with less, a lot less.

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Re: $1,600 per month income
Posted by: lazydays
Date: April 09, 2009 11:35PM
I don't see how it would be possible anywhere. Maybe for a very short period of time.
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Re: $1,600 per month income
Posted by: vision63
Date: April 10, 2009 12:08AM
I could live on that very well if I had to. Like BGnR, I've done it with a lot less.
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Re: $1,600 per month income
Posted by: Carthaigh
Date: April 10, 2009 12:15AM
You could live like a king in Thailand on that.



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Re: $1,600 per month income
Posted by: haikuman
Date: April 10, 2009 04:12AM
I am living in the Philippines.
Two bedroom Apt $100 per/Month/ Clean/ Freshly painted /secure
Internet $20 per/Month
Cable TV $10 per/Month
Electricity $20-$40 per/Month
Laundry $20 per/Month
Food varies Monthly/$300 +
Transportation$100 per/Month high estimate

Recreation varies *(:>* Mostly never enuff *(:>*


With $1600 Monthly you can live quite well.
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Re: $1,600 per month income
Posted by: MikeF
Date: April 10, 2009 08:09AM
There are apartments around here (So Cal) you can rent for about $1100 a month... So, yeah, I think it would be possible depending on transportation, insurance, etc.
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Re: $1,600 per month income
Posted by: kap
Date: April 10, 2009 08:48AM
Due to the dire housing situation, one could find a good deal in apartments in a good neighborhood. It's a competition among homeowners and apartment owners. A co-worker found a 3 bedroom and 2-2/5 bath house with hardwood floor, central air, a pool next to a hiking trail for a mere $1700 in Pico Rivera, CA.



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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 04/10/2009 08:53AM by kap.
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Re: $1,600 per month income
Posted by: Kate
Date: April 10, 2009 08:50AM
Are the Slabs considered southern California?

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Re: $1,600 per month income
Posted by: thermarest
Date: April 10, 2009 09:20AM
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WHiiP
IF your humble abode is paid for and your food and taxes (property tax in particular) are covered in the $1600, as is your health insurance (or Medicare), utilities, haircuts, cable, internet, cell-phone, etc.

Sure.
Right, because cable, internet and cell phones are essential to live.
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Re: $1,600 per month income
Posted by: Lee3
Date: April 10, 2009 10:02AM
Not if you have to pay rent.
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Re: $1,600 per month income
Posted by: WHiiP
Date: April 10, 2009 10:04AM
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kap
Due to the dire housing situation, one could find a good deal in apartments in a good neighborhood. It's a competition among homeowners and apartment owners. A co-worker found a 3 bedroom and 2-2/5 bath house with hardwood floor, central air, a pool next to a hiking trail for a mere $1700 in Pico Rivera, CA.

You are now $100 dollars O V E R your budget and you have N O T H I N G left for A N Y T H I N G else.

NOT a good plan, my man!

You will NEVER get ahead this way!



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Re: $1,600 per month income
Posted by: kap
Date: April 10, 2009 10:47AM
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WHiiP
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kap
Due to the dire housing situation, one could find a good deal in apartments in a good neighborhood. It's a competition among homeowners and apartment owners. A co-worker found a 3 bedroom and 2-2/5 bath house with hardwood floor, central air, a pool next to a hiking trail for a mere $1700 in Pico Rivera, CA.

You are now $100 dollars O V E R your budget and you have N O T H I N G left for A N Y T H I N G else.

NOT a good plan, my man!

You will NEVER get ahead this way!

I was answering to one of the posters' suggestion about having roommates smiling smiley

One could find a $700 per month studio includes a 3/4 bath and a kitchenette in a decent neighbor. Also, there are so many illegal garage converted room now. 5 years ago, I lived on a lesser budget and still had some money left for a small saving. Of course, I had a small TV and dial-up account while everyone else was already into big screen TVs and DSL.



West San Gabriel Valley, California ... for the time being :-)



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 04/10/2009 10:49AM by kap.
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Re: $1,600 per month income
Posted by: davester
Date: April 10, 2009 05:27PM
To give you an idea, that income is about midway between the poverty thresholds for 3 and 4 person families for the LA area [www.calmis.ca.gov] . I'm not sure if living on that much in LA would be what I'd call "living". I lived in LA for 6 years with a much higher income than that and it was tough. I found it a lot cheaper to live in northern California (excepting the city of San Francisco itself).




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