Can I make a living with my salary?

  1. Now I got the job and I'm trying to figure out how to make a living in Chicago.
    I'm single and have no debt. I rented a studio for $700 with utilities included in downtown.

    I don't have a car and will walk to work. I get paid $23.50/hr, which is a lot less than I could make in Hawaii($29.70). Since I work in the OR, I get called in quite a lot in Hawaii and make extra money. However, my new job will take a while for me to take calls. I don't smoke, drink or like to eat out. I don't have expensive hobbies to spend money on. I'm not into shopping, either.

    Am I going to live comfortable with my income for now? I just want to save some money if I can. I really don't want to live pay check to pay check. I feel like I can't even afford Star buck's coffee with my income. Or am I too paranoid?
  2. Visit jjchko profile page

    About jjchko

    Joined: Aug '05; Posts: 13
    from FL , US


  3. by   Jessy_RN
    Sounds good, especially if you are starting out with no debt. (Keep it that way as long as you can)

    2 of us live with less than your salary and it is in New England. I think you should be fine.
  4. by   Tweety
    Yes. People live on a lot less.

    I think you'll be o.k. since you don't have a car, and seem frugle. It is such a shock to come from a high paying area to do the same thing for much less. Good luck.