Originally Posted by WeirdyMcGee
I just found these numbers and thought I'd share them!
I'm not so sure how accurate they are though... but I've only ever lived in Ontario.
What does everyone think?
Kinda makes me want to move out of province... but then I'd miss Toronto; even if I never leave my bedroom. haha
Do these numbers seem accurate?
My rent in the city was $875 when I was in college and then the city home we rented was $1550.
Are you taking tax & the average income into consideration as well??
I am in Alberta. Remember we have 5% tax instead of 14% tax such as BC. However, since this is an old post, & Alberta has finally been hit by another Bust, especially in the Mines - well it's a bit tougher here I suppose.
There are TONS of job opportunities (although I hear it will be continuing to slow down) & there is talk (has been for awhile though) that the city in which I live is going to see much deeper blows), depending on where you look. Rent is quite expensive, to have a roommate is on average $750/month. I live in a tiny place in Southern AB & I pay $500 all inclusive. I am lucky, right now, but I don't know for how long. I try not to think about it.
I live very simply too. My living expense is about $1000/month - rent/phone/internet/gym/food. Take off the gym, & lower my food intake & maybe just under $800/month. Walmart & the Dollar store food, meaning no organic or specialty which would make life difficult in other ways for myself. & my cell plan is where I get my net from. It is a great deal, & I wouldn't get rid of it.
& unfortunately due to the money that's been made, & is being kept up, it is becoming more & more expensive to live here. Go out. Buy needed products. Thankfully I taught myself a long time ago, how to be frugal. Still, it's a concern that lingers, with every new design shop & fine diner that is opened in the area I live in. I'm slummin' it considerably compared to the "average" & yet they can only raise minimum wage by $1.50...
Trades are the place to be. Getting into one, can be a little taxing (& I don't mean in terms of $$) I mean it as a women.
That's my little rant.