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How much $ to bring when moving to STX (With a job lined up)

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Getting very close to landing a job and I have done the research and math. I have heard the number $10,000 if you are coming here without a job not including shipping a car. I have a job lined up. So far I have figured the total move will cost me around $4000.

$1400 to ship my car.
$500 Airfare
$1400 First/Last Months rent. Asumming I find a place around $700 a month
$700 For all the fees to get my car registered and pay taxes.

Am I missing anything?

Topic starter Posted : August 7, 2010 1:55 am
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You might have some initial living expenses and other unexpected expenses until you get your first paycheck. Bring extra dough if you can.

Posted : August 7, 2010 3:20 am

Deposits for utilities and cable. Stocking your kitchen or eating out. Daily transportation expenses. Entertainment. Insurance. Clothing if you don't already live in warm climate.

Posted : August 7, 2010 9:33 am
Linda J

$700 is cheap for a rental you would be comfortable in. Also, it may be first/last/one month's security. I would plan on $3,000 for rent, up front.

IMO $4,000 will be cutting it very close.

Posted : August 7, 2010 10:42 am
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The car insurance alone could be $1,500 or more up front. When we insured our vehicles in November for a year, it was over $3,500 for full coverage with a $500 deductible, and they don't do monthly payment plans.

Posted : August 7, 2010 11:34 am
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I agree with Linda J. Let me know if you find a nice place for $700. :@)

I'm a fairly frugal guy living alone, and my electric bill is about $240/month, and my water bill is about $270.

Do a scenario budget (best case, middle, and worst case) and add about 20% for contingencies.

Posted : August 7, 2010 12:51 pm
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$270 for a water bill?!?!?:-o I had no idea since we're on cistern.

Posted : August 7, 2010 1:14 pm
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