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Being an adult is hard. I just paid rent and I’m now left with $51 to spare 😭😭😭 tell me this gets better

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OP, if you’re getting 40K after taxes, you’re probably not making more than $50K total. If you’re not in a boutique consulting, it also means that the low pay is because of the lower cost-of-living city.

What are doing with a $1300 rental in a lower cost city? That’s too high for your income. If you’re renting a bigger place, it probably also costs more in utility.

Are you married? Have kids? What are doing with a $75 per month Internet? For a single person, you don’t need a gigabit connection.

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I worked at an ATC in Nashville where 40k-50k was the norm. Average rent was from $1000-$1400/month for one bedroom

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Lmao get your affairs in order

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You’re all heart.

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Lol, it gets better. Keep growing your career and don’t be afraid to change companies if not promoted when deserved. Should see decent salary jumps every 2-3 yrs.

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I was in a similar situation but now my loans are finally paid off so it does get better!

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Do you want to give us a breakdown of your income/expenses and we can crowdsource answers?

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I'm guessing you're paying $1800 a month on rent and food at your salary? Either you have way too nice an apartment or you need to spend less on food. Maybe both. I have worked my way up in terms of position and salary and $1800 isn't a cheap budget.

This was me age 23 - 26. My first job I made 35k (before taxes) in Boston (in 2012). It was not great.

But it gets better. Try not to adjust your living costs every time you get a raise. Pay off your debt as quickly as you can.

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If you live in California I can relate! My first year out of college, my first paycheck was spent primarily on rent. They don’t adjust for HCOL as much as you think.

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Yes, being an adult let's you OnlyFan which makes it better

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Soon you'll have $52.....

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Yeah I pay 1750 a month and 1000 a month in student loans in Manhattan as an analyst and am struggling big time

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Yeah, I landed a gem. Also, have you looked at the studio rents lately? Fidi studios in lux buildings with gyms and amenities going below $1800

How much is your rent?

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Are we the same person OP🥴

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Start working a side gig. It gets better if you work hard.

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It doesn't by working hard. Pls fix

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I have 8$ after today lol.

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Cut down on the multiple magic sets

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Nobody needs that many magic sets

Slow down your student loans to the lowest payment plan. Maybe not pay the full CC balance each month? I know that is terrible advice but YGDWYGD...

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With interest rates being low I highly recommend reducing your student loan payments

Edit: if you have a variable interest rate like I do

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That’s $51 too much. Gotta pump up those credit card debt numbers.

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My first job out of college was 37.5k in 2016. I’ve nearly tripled in 3 years. It gets better

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To make the internal leap I also got another offer from a firm as leverage

I’m shocked to read this tbh. I always see consultants around me making huge purchases etc. are we all really in that dire of a state?

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Some are only making those large purchases to keep up with the image. Many people live above their means.

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What else are you spending $ on...

So discretionary expenses...

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Are you an analyst at a low paying boutique?

More than most Americans

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Where do you live? City/region

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