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Morning all. I have a question for the guys and gals who have arrived in the US already... Realistically, how much money do you NEED to have when you arrive for starting phone line, deposits etc...... Read More

  1. by   english_nurse
    Quote from madwife2002
    I aggree there are some really beautiful houses-I was a touch dramatic when I say never ever. We saw a house recently that was $300,000 and I wanted it from the pictures, and the pool well I knew it was for me-got there the house was falling down and the pool was dark green:roll
    sounds like a visit to the pool supply shop was in order there, fortunately my friend said she wouldnt mind having a look at a couple of places to check them out before we arrive.
    geordiegirl, im glad to hear that things are not always set in stone and that you can negiotate rent, i know i sound like a miser!!! but its just that i wouldnt want to pay anymore than i had to
    we all love a bargain
    Last edit by english_nurse on Aug 19, '06
  2. by   madwife2002
    Yes I am looking for a couple of nurses on here and it does help I am sure. I came over prior to moving here which was important to us as a family. We have an easy led 18yr old son and I needed to ensure the area we lived in was relatively upper market-if we had lived in downtown Phoenix it would not have been suitable, and that is where OGP place you initially. No pfroblem for younger children as you can control their comings and goings but very important when you have older kids.
  3. by   geordiegirl2
    Quote from madwife2002
    I aggree there are some really beautiful houses-I was a touch dramatic when I say never ever. We saw a house recently that was $300,000 and I wanted it from the pictures, and the pool well I knew it was for me-got there the house was falling down and the pool was dark green:roll
    Thats terrible are you looking to stay in the same area your in now, the pools probably just neglected ours was green when we came back from our 2 week vacation and we'd had friends come a couple of times and treat it but falling down houses is too much for that amount of money you really want something thats at least structually sound.
    I think your right about finding decent areas it was very important to us too, we have a now 13yr old whose a good kid but the potential for that to change in the wrong area would be huge.
    Usually decent schools are in decent areas too so thats a big consideration even with little ones
  4. by   geordiegirl2
    Quote from english_nurse
    sounds like a visit to the pool supply shop was in order there, fortunately my friend said she wouldnt mind having a look at a couple of places to check them out before we arrive.
    geordiegirl, im glad to hear that things are not always set in stone and that you can negiotate rent, i know i sound like a miser!!! but its just that i wouldnt want to pay anymore than i had to
    we all love a bargain

    I don't think your a miser i wish i had half the knowledge i have now when we here we would have saved a fair amount of money but you larn through experience or sites like this lol
  5. by   madwife2002
    Quote from geordiegirl2
    I don't think your a miser i wish i had half the knowledge i have now when we here we would have saved a fair amount of money but you larn through experience or sites like this lol
    I couldnt agree more, I knew nobody and nothing and it would have been such a great help. I was such a big head thought I knew it all because I have a large American family ( but they are American born and bred and cannot comprehend what it is like to be a stranger in a foreign country) and I have spent half my life over here but I wasn't knowledgable, not prepared and it was all such a trial and error.
  6. by   english_nurse
    Quote from madwife2002
    Yes I am looking for a couple of nurses on here and it does help I am sure. I came over prior to moving here which was important to us as a family. We have an easy led 18yr old son and I needed to ensure the area we lived in was relatively upper market-if we had lived in downtown Phoenix it would not have been suitable, and that is where OGP place you initially. No pfroblem for younger children as you can control their comings and goings but very important when you have older kids.
    i suppose with phoenix being such a big place you do have to be careful of downtown areas, the place in casa grande which ogp use looked quite nice, and was just behind the hospital but i suppose you never know!
    we decided on chandler as the schools were the most important thing to us and in CG they wernt so good.
  7. by   madwife2002
    Quote from english_nurse
    i suppose with phoenix being such a big place you do have to be careful of downtown areas, the place in casa grande which ogp use looked quite nice, and was just behind the hospital but i suppose you never know!
    we decided on chandler as the schools were the most important thing to us and in CG they wernt so good.
    I have heard Case Grande is ok and safe but the accomodation in Phoenix is lovely but close to bad areas for a teen-trust me I know my son
  8. by   english_nurse
    oh dear, sounds like you have done the right thing though
  9. by   madwife2002
    I used to say if we lived in the desert he would find the sh** and guess what we live in the desert.................................. but I have to admit they are a better class
  10. by   ukrn2ca
    Quote from madwife2002
    Realistically bring as much money as you can. Deposits are required for utilities but will depend on area I will give you a rough guide
    Water=no deposit
    Gas=$180
    electricity$200
    TV,phone etc=$200
    Driving licence $10
    Cell phones with verizon $400 per phone, but if you wait 6 months then nil
    Car at least a deposit of$5000
    Car insurance ? $200 up front.

    You get paid every 2 weeks average for 36 hours $1200 after take outs.
    Hope this helps
    Hi Madwife
    Just wondering what is the hourly rate for an RN in AZ?
    I'm just trying to get an idea on what net pay I can expect, I will be in CA but I have done a cost of living compare & I noticed it's about the same in AZ except in CA you pay more for rent or homes.
    Thanks ukrn2ca
  11. by   Owain Glyndwr
    Quote from janejoeben
    Not sure if that will be enough or if we will need to consider selling one of the children on ebay!!
    They're impossible to shift on e-bay, even without a reserve. I've even offered free p&p.

    Oh for a return to the Victorian Britain of coal mines, mills and chimneys. At least there'd be some income during the school holidays and something constructive for them to do for 6 weeks whilst it's raining outside.

    Cheers

    OG
  12. by   english_nurse
    Quote from Owain Glyndwr
    They're impossible to shift on e-bay, even without a reserve. I've even offered free p&p.

    Oh for a return to the Victorian Britain of coal mines, mills and chimneys. At least there'd be some income during the school holidays and something constructive for them to do for 6 weeks whilst it's raining outside.

    Cheers

    OG
    i have a coal fire with a chimney in need of a darn good sweeping, i dont think you live too far away if you fancy popping around, i could make us a nice cup of tea while we send your kids up the chimney to clean it

    my kids are too big these days, i must start only feeding them only one slice of bread with their daily cup of water,instead of two

  13. by   cariad
    it all depends who you work for over here. the hourly rate can be as low as $24 and overtime after 40 hours worked a week.
    in california, after 8 hours they have to pay you overtime, but even then it depends on whether the hospital is part of the californian nurses union. so you can earn a lot more money in california.
    the state tax is higher there as well.
    I am working with a travel nurse right now who is getting $38 for arizona. I am doing a travel assignment as well and getting nowhere near that, but have earned $35 plus housing and a car in nevada and in california. it was 4 nights a week so plenty to be earned.
    in california it was 2 x 16 hour shifts and an 8 hour shift, but with time and a half for 16 of those hours.
    so as you can see theres money to be made but you have to work your contract first and then decide who you work for and how much you want to earn.

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