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Old 07-05-07, 03:10 PM   #1
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How much should i expect to payyy...

I'm living in a small 1 room apartment (livingroom/kitchen, bedroom, bathroom) this year. Gas range, don't intend on running the AC. How much do you think i can expect to pay a month assuming i keep check on the lights? I have nothing to base this off of having never lived by myself (my roommates last year, for instance, would leave crap on all the time...).

Also, How feasible is $40-$50 a week or less for food? I'd prefer not to eat crap...
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For what? Electricity? Rent and electricity?

If you are willing to do your own cooking, your food budget sounds possible.
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First, where are you going to be living? The Chicago-land area? I know rent in the Chicago area is all over place. You can get a one bedroom place for a resonable price or you can get one where you have to sell your right kidney.
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For what? Electricity? Rent and electricity?

If you are willing to do your own cooking, your food budget sounds possible.

No, i know how much my rent is (eeeeeks). Only thing i need to pay for is the internet and electricity

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you can do 40-50 a week for food, no problem. but it will pretty much have to be stuff you buy at the grocery store (i.e. not eating out).

breakfast type foods are the cheapest. pancakes, oatmeal, eggs, toast, etc.
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I would say stock you your pantry with food like with your basics. Try things like cereal, soups, bread, sandwich meats, etc.
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why don't you just call and ask what average prices for those services are?
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If you are really, really careful, probably minimum about $65-75/month for electricity.
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why don't you just call and ask what average prices for those services are?
Honestly, because i've dealt with enough customer service departments for the past week to last me a month, i was trying to avoid that
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Dial-up or High Speed? I think $30 - $40 a month is reasonable for estimation for electricity. Some will depend on how efficient your refrigerator is and what you do about A/C.
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If you are really, really careful, probably minimum about $65-75/month for electricity.
My family is out of control with televisions, and air conditioners, we live in a 3 bedroom ranch, and we go from $100 - $135 a month. (It will be so much less expensive to live in an empty nest.) A one bedroom apartment ought to use considerably less than half of what I get dinged for.
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The difference may lay in your locations...*shrug*

I guess i'll just call
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this may not be of help, but i have found that living by myself is considerably cheaper - for utilities anyway, than having roommate(s), especially ones that leave stuff on or doors open etc...

of course, i'm a cheap b4st4rd, unless it's for bike parts, in which case, i'm still thrifty and still generally broke.

you could ask a neighbor what they generally pay for electric and/or water. most other services like internet are flat monthly rates.

the really bad thing about not having a roommate is you can't fart on their pillows while they're out anymore... hehe and it's no fun doing that to your own pillows.
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A/C and Refrigerator are the big electricity sinks. In the spring and fall when A/C is not on, my electric bill is often under $20. In July & Aug it tops out around $50, due to the A/C running 8hrs a day.

Change out all your lights to CFL's, set the A/C to a reasonable temp (78ish?) and turn off lights when you leave a room, you should be able to keep your electric bill down quite a bit.

As for internet, if your in an apartment building, just make friends with a neighbor who has wifi, trade a six pack of imported beer for the wap password and save yourself $500 a year.
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Well, (i forgot about gas), i called the company and gave my address, their lowest yearly avg's in the complex were 30, 44, 48...etc. That's for both gas and electric.

Calling them wasn't sooo bad.

Thanks for the feedback. If anyone has any sort of money saving tips...i'm all ears.
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My family is out of control with televisions, and air conditioners, we live in a 3 bedroom ranch, and we go from $100 - $135 a month. (It will be so much less expensive to live in an empty nest.) A one bedroom apartment ought to use considerably less than half of what I get dinged for.
I went from a 2600 sq ft house with two old refrigerator's and 4 roommates to a 670sq ft apartment and no-roommates. My electricity bill went from $140 - $180 a month to $20 - $30 a month...
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As for internet, if your in an apartment building, just make friends with a neighbor who has wifi, trade a six pack of imported beer for the wap password and save yourself $500 a year.
I'm living right next door to a good friend of mine and above two others...last we talked we were thinking of splitting that cost.
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my electric bill is often under $20. In July & Aug it tops out around $50, due to the A/C running 8hrs a day
Dang! What's rent like in the UT?
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Well, (i forgot about gas), i called the company and gave my address, their lowest yearly avg's in the complex were 30, 44, 48...etc. That's for both gas and electric.

Calling them wasn't sooo bad.

Thanks for the feedback. If anyone has any sort of money saving tips...i'm all ears.
If you can find out which cornfields are used for growing corn for market, you can sneak into them at night and grab 3 or 4 ears.
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40-50 is definitely reasonable if you don't buy prepackaged crap. Chicken, pasta, frozen veggies, potatoes, bread, milk, eggs... I still go out to nice places once a week with my girlfriend and blow 30-50 on a meal, but I love eating good food...

I live in a 2 floor 3bdrm house with two other people and June's electric bill was about 75 I think with the AC on a few days. Divided by three, it was 25 for each person.
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Actually, i would be interested in knowing what you folks are or recently paid for rent in college. My rent is not cheap, i'm paying a high premium for location (litterally a block within both my my majors buildings and 2 blocks from down town), hard wood floors (meh), and a bay window into a court yard (it was the last one left...seriously...besides, what is my cat suppose to watch while i'm gone all day?).
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40-50 is definitely reasonable if you don't buy prepackaged crap. Chicken, pasta, frozen veggies, potatoes, bread, milk, eggs... I still go out to nice places once a week with my girlfriend and blow 30-50 on a meal, but I love eating good food...

I live in a 2 floor 3bdrm house with two other people and June's electric bill was about 75 I think with the AC on a few days. Divided by three, it was 25 for each person.
I grew up learning how to cook...it was crazy watching my roommates last year shop for food. They would spend $150 and have a weeks worth of food. I'm glad i know my way around a kitchen.
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My family is out of control with televisions, and air conditioners, we live in a 3 bedroom ranch, and we go from $100 - $135 a month. (It will be so much less expensive to live in an empty nest.) A one bedroom apartment ought to use considerably less than half of what I get dinged for.
When I was in a 1-bedroom apartment, I could never make it below $70. I'm fairly careful with lights and stuff and in winter in FL never needed ac or heat either one.
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Try to keep your debt as low as possible. Teach yourself patience and discipline in spending. Especially regards electronic gadgets that really are used to waste time and don't really add to your life. Hanging out with friends and a pretty girl (eh..you posted pictures of your pretty girl) is simpler and more rewarding. Going for a walk, biking to the park, be creative that are a lot of free things to do.
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I'm paying $250/month rent right now (for a 2 bedroom apartment), and it goes up to $275/month starting in september ($550 split with my roommate). I'm living here alone right now, so I pay the whole elec bill. Last month it was $9.03, but it wasn't for the whole month. I don't know what a whole month of electricity will cost me yet. I don't use AC, and rarely have lights on.

Food...Not sure exactly, haven't really totalled it up. I don't eat much, and I work at a grocery store, and I get good discounts, so I suspect it's pretty low.

I try to keep my random spending to a minimum, no bike parts lately.
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