MrKappus wrote:I've lived in NY/DC, so I'll break it down very very conservatively (e.g., 200/month on going out in a major city...riiiight).
Bills (cable/electric/gas/etc.): 200
Transport (train/cabs): 200
Fun (aka bars/clubs): 200
Dining Out: 300
Misc (clothes, museums, mags, books, iTunes, giving to street musicians, whatever ppl spend money on): 300
You will start in May and so you'll need to live there for at least 3 months. 3 x 3600 = 10,800. My list is far from exhaustive.
I think the sticking point here was that you called this conservative. You can easily spend this much in a big city, but it is by no means conservative. For one thing, 2000 a month for rent is easily double what you could realistically be paying. If you're paying 400 a month for groceries as a single male, you literally must be working to find and consume only the most expensive consumer goods in existence. I could literally eat prime steak every day for a month and have a markedly lower grocery bill than your projection. Literally.
No, you couldn't. Literally. 30 dinners of 8 oz. servings would cost you $284.08/month. I'm assuming you'd still need stuff like milk, OJ, cereal, etc.http://www.lobels.com/store/main/item.asp?item=25
Honestly, I lived in NYC and this is what I found to be my experience. But I'll note, I mean Manhattan. If I stopped one of those corner groceries on the way home, a box of triscuits, few apples, block of cheese, some juice, milanos, pack of gum, and a bag of almonds would come to 30 or 35 bucks. I think a lot of the ppl here just haven't lived in Manhattan before.
EDIT: Also, please point me to the $1000/month listings in Manhattan. Unless I want to take my chances w/ a stranger on Craigslist, that price you quote is hilarious.