I have always preferred Zillow to Trulia, and even though my grandma was a (great) real estate agent, I prefer any website to a realtor, especially in New York.
I finished college in 3 years specifically to save money. I could have done a study abroad program or used that fourth year to actually figure out what I wanted to do in life rather than just do whatever comes along, but I knew I wasn't going to get any monetary help for college, so I took all my high school's AP courses and community college summer studies to be enrolled as a sophomore as soon as I started university. I still had nearly $30,000 in loans to pay off once I graduated, and only managed to do that within 7 years because I live really frugally.
@Michelle Pittman@facebook Not a day goes by when I don't brandish an imaginary cricket bat and utter in my head, "I will KILL people today, Leo!" Clearly, I am also in this "I need to quit my job for my sanity" place right now, but I am trying to move across the country and can't rationalize quitting without something lined up on the other side.
I have saved $10K on a $42K salary this year already, but I never have any specific savings methods, nor do I really have to scrimp. I have lived in the same apartment for 8 years, with 3 roommates, so my rent has only gone up $200 or so from what was already extremely cheap, as the neighborhood gentrified around us. I don't go out every night and don't really drink alcohol or coffee, so that helps, but I fly monthly to California to see my boyfriend, buy myself books at the cheapest book sale every week, have Netflix, and go out to eat with friends. Paid off the last of my $27K student loans last year. I'm not really sure how it happened, except that I am also pretty boring. Edited to add: I just started my first brokerage account and am scared but hopeful.
@jalmondale I love the East Bay! As soon as I can get work in the Bay Area, that is where I am going to live!
I think I made like $3/hr as an assistant at a plant nursery in 1999, which is $4.28 now. My first real full-time office job didn't come until years of temping after college, and it paid around $22K in 2008 NYC dollars, which was (and still is) a total ripoff, especially for the amount of work I did.
@pterodactylish Me, too. I look at the beautiful, cheap homes I could own right now in my hometown versus the beautiful, insanely expensive homes I will never be able to own in the Bay Area. I can't even look in NYC because it's too depressing.
@seakelps If you're in NYC, GrowNYC has a booth for textile recycling at a ton of greenmarkets all over the city: http://www.grownyc.org/clothing
This is the best one of these yet!
@ThatJenn I just laughed for a solid minute about "Florkla." Oh my god, I am so tired. Amazing.