I'm so sick of seeing listings for low-income housing. And I don't care if I'm being stereotypical here, but low-income housing often makes a person think 'shit-hole'. Please, correct me if I'm wrong. Like, with examples and address and phone numbers and maybe even an application to rent. And another thing, do they really need to rub it in that seniors have some really nice places to live that don't cost arms and legs in rent?
And another thing, is there a money tree around I don't know about? Yesterday I 'crunched some numbers' to try to figure out some possible living situations. I started with my "real" job and then added in what I can make at Barnes and Noble. Then I subtracted my expenses (car payment, dad loan payment, student loan payment, GASOLINEKILLME, etc.) and got to a rough estimate of what I would have leftover each month. But wait a second, where is that money now? Ever since I had to pay taxes back in April I've been off.
ANYWAY, my point is, how do people afford to live in NOVA? Because, I know I don't make some huge amount of money, but I have known people who worked retail full-time and still lived up there. Are they just in crazy debt or something? Do people not have car payments anymore? I do not understand. When I first moved back from the magical land of cheap rent that is Richmond, I had an interview up in Chantilly at a contractor type place. I was really excited at the thought of making, get this, $12 and hour. Like, I thought I'd be ROLLING in the dough with that. (Remember, in Richmond I worked at an athletic center and Barnes and Noble...I was in school part of it, too.) But now that I make more than that (thank goodness), I can't imagine how a person could live in that area making $12/hour. And that's before taxes.
Someone explain this to me. And also tell me somewhere cheap to live in NOVA near GMU;)