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jenford
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June 23, 2010 9:06 pm  

Hello! I am moving to St. T in several weeks from Texas with my dog and some cash. I need advice and opinions on several things and hope someone can help. I realize it's tight, but I will be moving with $9500 and planning to buy a very cheap car, rent a small apartment (found several for 1000/utilities included), and immediately start looking for work. I am 37, divorced with no kids, have a Bachelors Degree and many many years of legal assistant work, office manager work, and hospital administration. Is it completely absurd to think that I can find a job making around 2000 a month within 3-4 weeks? I work 2 jobs here, so am totally ok with getting a 2nd jb there, maybe a bar or restuarant or whatever I can find.
I have visited several times in the past, loved it, have nothing to keep me here, and the willingness to do whatever it takes to make this work. Is this nuts? I have friends there also who teach at a private school, therefore I would have a little support and some people to hang out with, get advice from, etc. They did what I'm doing 3 years ago and they work hard and love it, even with the common problems like heat, mosquitos, crime element, and rationing their air conditioning to keep the bills down. Can anyone help me? Is this nuts? Impossible? Unrealistic? I figured 3000 for first, last, and deposit on place, 2000 for a cheapo car, 400 for registration and paperwork on car, 500 for utility deposits, and 500ish for set-up of groceries and essentials. Thats around 6500. That only leaves me 3000ish to reserve for a flight home a christmas, emergencies, and unforseen costs. What do you think? -- jen


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June 23, 2010 9:25 pm  

Looks good. Don't rent anything sight unseen. Jobs may be thin in the summer months but are there.


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June 23, 2010 9:36 pm  

oh yeah? good. do you live there? think i can move with that amount of money? thanks for responding so fast.


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June 23, 2010 9:41 pm  

Absolutely u can do it.......if ur heart is in it.......you can do anything your heart desires. I did it and things are working out wonderfully. Keep an open mind, think positive, respect yourself and others and you'll be just fine....Good Luck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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jenford
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June 23, 2010 9:46 pm  

well thanks! that's sweet.
anybody else out there have advice? - jen


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jenford
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June 23, 2010 9:51 pm  

also, about moving with your dog - here's what i have learned and will be doing myself. if your dog plus its carries weigh 20 pounds or less you can take him onboard with you on american airlines. they count that as your carry-on. it costs an extra $100. the only other rule is that the carrier has to be certain dimensions, but most normal carriers fit within that. lastly, it doesn't have to be one of those plastic carriers with the metal across the front, it can be a soft-sided bag or whatever. hope this helps someone.


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June 23, 2010 11:25 pm  

Hey Jen....Be sure to check into the pet transfer ahead of time.....If the beast is going to be checked as luggage (poor little feller) there are restrictions this time of year due to the heat. Good luck to you.....


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jenford
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June 23, 2010 11:40 pm  

the beast? how rude! just kidding. my beast is 8 pounds and looks like george rodriguez's 'blue dog' art. anyway, with no kids my dog has become riduculously important, i admit. is 2000 for a car unrealistic? just know i'd like it to have air and decent brakes - other than that could really care less... (selling my awesome car to help finance this).


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June 23, 2010 11:43 pm  

Eight pounds....Ok, not a beast....$2K....Its doable. Not sure about the AC but I thgink you can find something dependable in that price range if you look around.


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June 23, 2010 11:59 pm  

My experience with the 2k and under price range of cars on island is that you will end up spending 2k to 6k to keep it running, within the same year you get it. If you're mechanically inclined then this is not a bad option. But cheap island cars are driven till they are ready to fall apart. There is always a reason for the bargain. I would come with a good car or plan to get a loan to get a decent used cars if you cannot fix it yourself or afford any emergency car repairs.


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June 24, 2010 1:49 am  

There have been a couple of ads for legal assistant help in the papers lately. Write a great cover letter and maybe you can arrange an interview via SKYPE or something and at least get a feel for it.

$2k car - AC will probably not work.

PAmela


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June 24, 2010 3:40 am  

I don't know STT well, but you might be able to delay the car purchase for a little while and get around by foot, taxi van, bus, and friends. Lots of people are car-less on STX and get around that way.


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June 24, 2010 3:52 am  

You seem to have a pretty realistic plan. My observation is that moving here with a dog or kids makes it more difficult. But hey...you love who you love. You will find it a bit more difficult finding a place that will accept your dog. One person I spoke with had friends in the states keep their dog until they were settled and had a place where they all would be happy. Just a thought


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June 24, 2010 3:55 am  

You will likely find work - you will surely find an apartment - renting a car for a week might give you a few xtra days to assess your car needs - AC is really not that imperative for example - it sounds like you have a bit of a support system - that will help - don't let the alcohol and party atmosphere suck you in and deter you - with a little focus and drive it should all work like you want it to. Welcome and good luck - it is a fine place to live once you see past the basic frustrations.


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June 24, 2010 5:17 am  

just when you start to think - hey, most people are jerks, you post basically your whole deal onto an internet site and spill your whole story - how much money you've got and everything... and strangers write back with free, nice advice to help out. really refreshing.

tonight i got some responses back on some phone calls i made on apartments and believe that i have found just the right thing. it's small but clean, the couple that owns the place lives upstairs with thier own dogs, and i am really hopeful that this is it. they sent me pictures and it seems great, but we are still talking ane emailing back and forth. it will be ready a little later than i planned to come down but just by 2 weeks so no big deal. they also turned me on to a few more places that match what i'm needing. also, the dog im bringing down is little, so in general haven't run into much resistance on the rental front on that. i have learned for a fact that any and all 'condo' rentals don't allow pets and can understand why. again, not a big deal. thanks to all of you for helping so far. any more input on the job stuff would be great - i'm nervous about that. man! this all will be awesome until its 4 weeks into it and i can't get hired anywhere decent to make a living!!


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June 24, 2010 6:16 am  

Don't rent anything sight unseen. Photos don't count; you must see a place in person. There are a lot of skeevy rental units here, so if you insist on taking the risk, at least have your friends check the place out for you.


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June 24, 2010 1:54 pm  

If time is of the essence, then don't be too picky about your first job here. Lower wages may be better than no wages, and you can switch jobs when you find something better. Networking is also important for finding jobs (and apartments, etc.). Talk to everybody you can.


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Molly
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June 24, 2010 5:26 pm  

I know that Pineapple Village on STT allows pets. My renters have 2 small dogs.


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jenford
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June 24, 2010 9:09 pm  

when people say " $1000, utilities included", does that generally mean everything? gas, cable, water, electric? also, my car insurance is with usaa. they say i can transfer my policy to the car i buy in st t with no problems because usaa covers me internationally.. do you think that woulkd work, or are you required to get insurance from an island insurance comany?
thanks for helping out.


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June 24, 2010 9:52 pm  

when people say " $1000, utilities included", does that generally mean everything? gas, cable, water, electric? also, my car insurance is with usaa. they say i can transfer my policy to the car i buy in st t with no problems because usaa covers me internationally.. do you think that woulkd work, or are you required to get insurance from an island insurance comany?
thanks for helping out.

Depends on who/where you're renting from.
Some places don't have city water so you're on a cistern.
Some places don't have gas/propane.

I know of some folks who have USAA and prefer it to local.
The island doesn't care where you have it from, as long as it's good here.


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divinggirl
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June 24, 2010 10:10 pm  

my car insurance is with usaa. they say i can transfer my policy to the car i buy in st t with no problems because usaa covers me internationally.. do you think that woulkd work, or are you required to get insurance from an island insurance comany?
thanks for helping out.

USAA is accepted by the BMV here and works great. They also provide Renters insurance for contents (no Homeowners coverage yet.....I keep hoping).


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jenford
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June 24, 2010 10:13 pm  

oh good. thats just what i was hoping to hear. one more obstacle down.


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jenford
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June 24, 2010 11:00 pm  

good info. thanks!


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