Graduating college next year and horrified of expensive living. Help me gain perspective?
I’ll be graduating into a field that typically makes a starting salary of 28–32k. Is this enough to live a somewhat comfortable lifestyle in a moderately expensive city? I plan on doing everything I can to lessen my expenses – I don’t buy fancy new gadgets, I don’t mind sharing a house/apartment with multiple people, etc. But still, I want to be able to eat out, drink at bars, and see movies every once in a while – not every night, of course. But a few times a week.
However it seems like after taxes, rent, health care, car insurance, phone bills, internet bills, transportation costs (gas/public transit), and (attempting) savings – I’ll have very, very, VERY little money left over from each paycheck. I’m fortunate to not be in debt or have student loans.
My question is – how do you do it? Any tips? Has anyone pulled this off and still lived comfortably?
Bonus question – Any expenses I’m forgetting? I’m not as accustomed to this whole “real life” concept yet…