Post # 1
Hi bees! So FI and I live in Canada, Saskatchewan. He has been trying to convince me to move to Texas, around San Antonio, or Houston. I would love to but not sure if we could afford too do it.
My job is office admin at a grain elevator and I make $22/hr. My FI’s job is battery operator (works with oil) and his wage is around $35/hr. I would say we make really good money and we are in our mid 20’s. Min. wage where I live is $9.50/hr. But it can be expensive to live here.
If you don’t mind letting me know, what is your wage and your SO’s wage and what do you both do for work? What is your monthly mortgage payment or rent payment? Also if you could let me know where you live too.
Post # 3
- Wedding: October 2014 - Kukahiko Estate
Both of us are engineer’s, and we make ~$33 an hour each. We will be paying $1400 for rent when we move in together next month. We will be living in Wauwatosa WI (“suburb” 10 minutes from Milwaukee).
I would think with what you are making you guys could make it work, but I am unfamiliar with rent down in Texas! I know for us, our rent is a bit higher since we are closer to the city. We could have easily gotten something around $950 if we looked in farther away suburbs.
Post # 4
I’ll give you last year’s info since changes will be occurring this year.
SO-sold Comcast products, made $55,000 in 2011 (23 years old last year)
Rent; $700 (2 BR duplex with basement, 1 bathroom, washer, dryer, dishwasher-heat not included so an extra $1500/yr, with yard)
Cable- employee rate of $50/month for everything you could want including phone and internet
Electric- $45 average
Food- $250/mo incl. eating out
Post # 5
I am a licensed practical nurse, I make $23/hr my FI is a moulding vendor making $13/hr. Our rent is $950 a month for a one bedroom apartment. We live about an hour and a half outside of New York City. Minimum wage here is $7.50 and believe me it was tough living on those wages when FI and I were just starting out! I went to school for the LPN thing, now he wants to go to school next and then maybe I can go back for the RN. He keeps telling me he wants to move to florida; beautiful views, no snow storms, cheaper rent. I just worry that we won’t make as much there so make up for the less expensive rent.
Post # 6
I’m a stay at home gf, my FI works in IT. Minimum wage here in Charlotte, NC is $7.25 I think, and my FI makes ~$22/hr not including bonuses. We recently purchased a house (3bd/2.5 ba, 1900 sq ft) and our mortgage/tax/insurance is less than $800/mo. We both moved from expensive areas (CA & NJ), so we find Charlotte to be very affordable.
Post # 7
I’m also a licensed practical nurse and make $24/hour. DH is a finance/business manager at a car dealership and made $85k last year. Our rent is $895 a month for a 1 bedroom apartment, but we are currently looking to buy our first home.
We live in NH, about 40 min north of Boston.
Post # 8
I think you could afford Texas – it’s super cheap down there!
Post # 9
Texas is super cheap! I work as an engineer and travel there sometimes, so I have a few friends and from what I hear I’d be basically a millionaire if I moved.
As an engineer I make about 100k/year salary (don’t know hourly), and my fiancé is about the same, we have a house worth 535k and pay $1200 month minimum to our 200k mortgage but we always double it.
And I remember seeing pictures of you in dress stores and I think we live in the same place. C of red!
edit: Never mind I am an idiot and didn’t read your post clearly apparently. I guess you just went there to shop!
Post # 10
@MrsWBS: It seems like it’s super cheap! We were looking at homes for sale and was shocked at the prices. Super affordable! But I think wages down there aren’t as good as where I live though. FI was telling me we would probably have our wage decreased by $10/hr. We have no idea since we don’t live there or know anyone there.
@Pinkmoon: Do you know if the wages in Texas are comparable to ones in Canada? Everything is so much cheaper in Texas, but I would imagine wages are also lower. But I am not sure!
Post # 11
@raisedonrobbery: Hmmmm well I don’t know about hourly but my colleagues make about the same as I do, however they get less vacation so I guess per hour I’d make more. I do believe that for jobs like waiters they get paid a ridiculously low hourly wage because they are expected to make it up in tips. Those are the only two jobs I know though, sorry!
Post # 12
Unless you would be making a lateral move within a company, I’d expect salaries would be lower. Doing some research will give you a better idea of what you might expect, just as asking here has done.
I’m in NJ and am a dental hygienist (no longer working), and when I left my job 6 years ago I was making $38./hr. I’d be at $45.+ right now plus benefits. My friends in hygiene just a state away make far less per hour in the same field.
lower there in my field, but not updated figures
just to compare
Post # 13
@ItWasntMe: FI would get a transfer within his job, it would be the only way we could move. I would be finding a new job. Thanks for all of that info!
Post # 14
My FI and I are in Winnipeg. Mb…
Hes a full time I.T Manager and makes $50,000 Salary.
Im full time Social Media Director and I make $25,000 Salary at the same business.
He also owns an online business which he brings in another $50,000-$100,000 a year depending….
We bought our house with Cash. Property taxes are about $2200 a year.
Other Bills like Utilities, TV/Internet etc are about $400 a month depending on the time of year. With heat for winter and air conditioning in the summer.
I dont think I could EVER leave Canada to live somewhere else (especially USA) I love my Country way too much.