flexityflex86 wrote:I am very good at budgeting. I always pack lunches in my apt here on the east coast (but mostly for fitness reasons as it's impossible to order a salad when i can get buffalo wings or pizza), but 2k a month is a lot. i live off of that minus a little bit in a very expensive part of manhattan.
the trick is don't take cabs, don't eat out all of the time and take women on well thought out creative dates.
also, this might sound really dumb, but i know cars are a huge status symbol in LA, and although i'm a student, i don't want to be seen as a poor loser. being that a cool car is substantially more expensive, would a motorcycle be dumb? i figure a motorcycle really complements my personality, and i love the free feeling of being one with the road. of course, i'm concerned about my safety.
as a former cab driver, i have licenses for everything (was thinking about doing truck driving at one point), and i've never been in an accident, but i know one bike crash and you're cake.
As I understand it, a car is a necessity in LA. You can't do anything without a car. This is both from experience of having frequently visited LA before I was old enough to drive and from what I've been told by people who moved out there from the east. Bikes might be a good idea though (it's much better for LA traffic due to lax motorcycle laws; carpool lane ftw).
Financial planning for law school would be made much, much easier if I could just sell my car. But I am told that it is not an option if I plan to live in LA.
On an unrelated note, I am thinking about living around Hawthorne or Gardena. Any thoughts on commuting from that area(I drove to USC from Torrance during rush hour and didn't find it too bad, but I'm afraid I may have just gotten lucky with the traffic)?