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Monthly expenses in California

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  1. dragosdydy

    dragosdydy Junior Member

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    Hi guys. As the title is saying, I'm looking for someone who is actually living in CA or have a good knowledge about it, because i need pretty exact numbers. I have a plan, and that is involving moving there. I am interested in the Walnut Creek / San Ramon zone, or somewhere around those places. I'm willing to know about the rent, the food and also the public transportation, and any expenses you know i can have. Also if you have some ideas about sharing the place with someone else, at least for some months, until everything goes right.
    Thank you!
     
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    Not really sure about the expenses in that area but I am down in San Diego and living expenses really depend on the area you live. You can pay anywhere from $400-$2000 per month depending on where you live but I would say the average is around $700-$1100 per month for most places that don't have a bad crime rate. As for the food it can get pretty expensive if you eat out a lot as most of the time your bill will be around $5-$15 for fast food and about $10-$30 for a sit down meal. It is much better if you cook at home and buy groceries at the local supermarkets. Expect to spend around $1-3 for bread, $3-4 gallon milk, $2-3 for 12 eggs, etc... As for public transportation you can ride the bus/trolley for around $5 all day.
     
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    Living on your own in California (LA for me) is not cheap. If I had to add every single expense together like rent, gas, internet, phone, food it would be around 2,500 a month. Our public transit is just pretty much just buses we do not have a good subway system like they do on the eastcoast. So unless you buy a car you won't be able to get around as much as you would like to.
     
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    VintageAude BANNED BANNED

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    Walnut Creek shouldnt cost too much. SF LA SD are always gonna be expensive but a smaller town/city can make it affordable. Walnut Creek is close enough to the Bay too so whenever you do wanna hit the city it shouldnt be too long of a drive.
     
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    vexeze BANNED BANNED

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    here in my place we spend only $10 eating breakfast , lunch and dinner :D and were 5
     
  7. Checkmate

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    Meaning $10.00 feeds 5 people?
     
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    I don't think he lives in CA...
     
  9. dragosdydy

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    Thanks all for replies. I will generally eat at home, because my fiancee will be with me so there will be someone who can cook! :)
    Any ideas about some cheap mobile plans and internet connection?
    Thanks a lot.
     
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    lol @ someone neg repping anonymously me for this post. BHW Lounge full of rants, trolls, and neg repping pussies