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October 16, 2012

Linda asks…

Cheapest way to move from CA to OH?

So my hubby and I are making the move from Los Angeles to Columbus Ohio this august for school. We currently live in a 1 bedroom apartment. However, we don’t plan to take any of our furniture (most of it is old anyway, we’ll just find some cheap replacements on craigslist) but what about everything else? Clothes, kitchenware, books, TV, electronics? We have one car so I was thinking about just loading that up with valuables and shipping the rest to OH via USPS or UPS…. any other suggestions? I would really like the keep the total cost of the move under $1200 since we are replacing all our furniture once we get there.

Administrator answers:

USPS or UPS is the most expensive way to ship household or personal goods. Buy some boxes, pack your stuff and send it truck freight. You don’t need a whole load such as you would have to hire Mayflower Movers for. There are dozens of trucking companies running back and forth across the US, with agents in every town, and you can move two boxes, or twenty, pretty inexpensively.

Betty asks…

What do you think I should do?

Reposted for more opinions
I live in Atlanta and despise it living here most of my life, plus living with a family who are very religious and Im gay. My plan was to fly out to LA to go to school living at a LGBT transitional living center but that doesnt seem such a good idea. Yes I could be myself in LA to be gay but financially I would be on the street and I DONT want to be like a prostitute and ****. I only have about $4,000 saved up. So that wouldnt last a bit there! lol

Ive already came out of the closet in high school but my parents didnt really accept it at all, they didnt kick me out but i still think that there was a motive for keeping me, to make them look good in the church.

#1 Should I move out and move to Florida and find cheap rent and go to a 2 year college work up and save up and then move to LA

#2 Should I try to move out and stay in GA and go to college for 2 years and work and save up money, and travel back and forth to LA to see whats out there and to visit and have fun and also look for interning and then move to LA @ 23

#3 Should I stay at home : ( by going to therapy (for depression social anxiety and ADHD and dealing to accept my sexuality) and go to college for 2 years or at least to take more general ed courses and work and save up and still travel to LA to have fun and also to meet new people and find a job or internship and then move to Los Angeles

#4 Should I take summer courses here in Atlanta and work from now on until August and transfer to a community college in LA for Fall Quarter. My uncle lives in Paramount LA CA but his wife doesnt want me to live with them, because of weird reasons I havent even met her, but I think its because there is NO space in there apartment.
But her occupation is to help college students to look for apartments or a roommate

So which is the best scenario you guys think that I should do

Mind you my goal to live in LA would be right now BUT to be stable I want to be out there no later at the age of 23 and Im 20 right now turning 21 in a month

Administrator answers:

Wow, I’m surprised you don’t like Atlanta. I heard there was a major gay community there. Maybe I heard wrong. If there is, stay there and attend city college and take some classes while you work. Ca. Is expensive. You might want to meet some people for a future room mate if you head west. Help you with expenses at least.
If you are not comfortable with your family situation, don’t stay under the same roof. Why be miserable? This is your one shot. There aren’t any do overs. So don’t waste your life worrying about what others think. Thankfully you are old enough to be on your own. Most of the kids I write to here on the site don’t have the same choices. They are stuck in a rotten situation. You don’t have to finish college in 4 years. If you have to work to survive, spread out your classes so you can handle the work load. Do what feels right for you. But get some cash saved up. You don’t want to get out there and then not be able to find a place to live. Regarding LA, write to the gay club at the colleges and ask some questions about housing, jobs, night life, ec. That way you will already have some current info. Also check in with the gay center. As far as accepting yourself, contact the gay center and pflag.org for help. They keep lists of churches that are welcoming. You don’t need to go to your parents’ church. Get involved in the gay community too. Do some volunteer work or just get connected to some social groups. The more you are involved, the better you’ll feel about yourself. Do not let anyone into your life who tries to tell you that you’re sick. Being gay is just another part of our personality. It does make life alittle more challenging but so does being left handed. I came out when there was no support, no role models, no one in the media or on the tv or in politics, nothing. I was lucky — I found a gay center in San Diego in 1978. Just think we have at least four gay people, maybe more, hosting their own shows. We have gay characters on tv shows that are not the butt of jokes, we have gay people in politics, and we are allowed to get legally married in a number of states. Look at how far we’ve come! Don’t live in fear. You are A-OK . Once you get away from the bible belt you will feel better. HUGS!!!
Oops, don’t forget that you can make LA your second destination, after you have accomplished something there. : )

David asks…

I dont know what to do please help me what decision is best? seriously?

I live in Atlanta and despise it living here most of my life, plus living with a family who are very religious and Im gay. My plan was to fly out to LA to go to school living at a LGBT transitional living center but that doesnt seem such a good idea. Yes I could be myself in LA to be gay but financially I would be on the street and I DONT want to be like a prostitute and ****. I only have about $4,000 saved up. So that wouldnt last a bit there! lol

But I so want to move to LA so badly.

Ive already came out of the closet in high school but my parents didnt really accept it at all, they didnt kick me out but i still think that there was a motive for keeping me, to make them look good in the church.

#1 Should I move out and move to Florida and find cheap rent and go to a 2 year college work up and save up and then move to LA

#2 Should I try to move out and stay in GA and go to college for 2 years and work and save up money, and travel back and forth to LA to see whats out there and to visit and have fun and also look for interning and then move to LA @ 23

#3 Should I stay at home : ( by going to therapy (for depression social anxiety and ADHD and dealing to accept my sexuality) and go to college for 2 years or at least to take more general ed courses and work and save up and still travel to LA to have fun and also to meet new people and find a job or internship and then move to Los Angeles

#4 Should I take summer courses here in Atlanta and work from now on until August and transfer to a community college in LA for Fall Quarter. My uncle lives in Paramount LA CA but his wife doesnt want me to live with them, because of weird reasons I havent even met her, but I think its because there is NO space in there apartment.
But her occupation is to help college students to look for apartments or a roommate

So which is the best scenario you guys think that I should do

Mind you my goal to live in LA would be right now BUT to be stable I want to be out there no later at the age of 23 and Im 20 right now turning 21 in a month

and dont disrespect me being gay there is nothing wrong with me! Just sayin! : )

Administrator answers:

You’re 21 years old. You are going to live for a long time. Life is a good 70 to 80 years.

I didn’t really start doing too much with my life until I turned 20… Went to college in my home state, moved to Chicago to finish up school, moved to Israel to teach English, moved back to my home state for a while… And I’m working to save money, pay off my student loans, and then my dreams is to move to another state, go back to school for masters, get some kind of great job or career, etc. Anyways, I did all this.. I’m now 27 years old. I still have dreams and goals.. But everything takes time, and life plans do change. I’m still wanting to get to California or on the West Coast somewhere for at least a year.

I kept this short. The point is… You need to experience life. Don’t be afraid. You will find thrill. And you cannot fail.. If you do fail.. The worst case scenario is that you move back home, and you deal with living at home. The worst thing you can do.. Is nothing, or choosing a very comfortable safe zone. Get out of it.

Determine what the best course of action is for you.

First of all, I will say that your homosexuality is not a disease. There is nothing wrong with you. You feel the way you do because there is something in you, deep within in you, that desires what you desire. You were born that way. Do not try to hide it or you will truly feel depressed.

So you have to decide: What is your goal? LA in California? Florida?

Where do you want to end up?

If your Uncle’s wife helps students to find apartments and thats’ where you want to live, than save your money right now, and get in touch with her, to start letting her know the kind of person you are… She will help you.

If LA is truly your goal, find out the cost of living there. Find out the jobs in the area you want to move to. See if you can visit your Uncle and stay at his place for a weekend, just so you can check out the area, and even apply for some jobs in the area.

It can be done. Many people do it. Don’t be afraid, but do establish some safety nets on your way.

I have no regrets myself. But I love the feeling of being comfortable with being uncomfortable. As much as I always knew that I could return home, or live with my Uncle in Chicago.. When I was traveling, and especially when I lived in Israel, and might’ve stayed… There was just something about not knowing and the possibility of anything happening that was a thrill.

Find that spark inside yourself and use it to drive you.

Laura asks…

Which scenario is best for me please respond?

I live in Atlanta and despise it living here most of my life, plus living with a family who are very religious and Im gay. My plan was to fly out to LA to go to school living at a LGBT transitional living center but that doesnt seem such a good idea. Yes I could be myself in LA to be gay but financially I would be on the street and I DONT want to be like a prostitute and shit. I only have about $4,000 saved up. So that wouldnt last a bit there! lol

#1 Should I move out and move to Florida and find cheap rent and go to a 2 year college work up and save up and then move to LA

#2 Should I try to move out and stay in GA and go to college for 2 years and work and save up money, and travel back and forth to LA to see whats out there and to visit and have fun and also look for interning and then move to LA @ 23

#3 Should I stay at home : ( by going to therapy (for depression social anxiety and ADHD and dealing to accept my sexuality) and go to college for 2 years or at least to take more general ed courses and work and save up and still travel to LA to have fun and also to meet new people and find a job or internship and then move to Los Angeles

#4 Should I take summer courses here in Atlanta and work from now on until August and transfer to a community college in LA for Fall Quarter. My uncle lives in Paramount LA CA but his wife doesnt want me to live with them, because of weird reasons I havent even met her, but I think its because there is NO space in there apartment.
But her occupation is to help college students to look for apartments or a roommate

So which is the best scenario you guys think that I should do

Mind you my goal to live in LA would be right now BUT to be stable I want to be out there no later at the age of 23 and Im 20 right now turning 21 in a month
oh i came out in high school but they DIDNT take it well, thats why im going through therapy now for the depression and social anxiety.

Yeah for me Im good with a studio apartment, its quite common to have one at my age if you want to live in the big city

Administrator answers:

At least you have realistic expectations.

One thing that you may not realize is that you will have to pay out-of-state tuition, which is about 3 times the (already overpriced) rate that local students pay. You would need to live in the area for at least a year WITHOUT going to school in order to establish residency here.

You seem to have found out that it’s very expensive to live here. A decent 1BR apartment in a decent area here can be around $1200, and a studio can be $900 or so. Anything less, and it gets really ghetto really fast.

I’m not sure how much you can save if you move out, so try to make the best of it at home. You didn’t mention if you had come out to your parents or not. Stay as long as you can, then move out if you have to.
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I believe YA has a good LGBT forum. You should also post there.

Ruth asks…

Which scenario is best for me please respond?

I live in Atlanta and despise it living here most of my life, plus living with a family who are very religious and Im gay. My plan was to fly out to LA to go to school living at a LGBT transitional living center but that doesnt seem such a good idea. Yes I could be myself in LA to be gay but financially I would be on the street and I DONT want to be like a prostitute and ****. I only have about $4,000 saved up. So that wouldnt last a bit there! lol

Ive already came out of the closet in high school but my parents didnt really accept it at all, they didnt kick me out but i still think that there was a motive for keeping me, to make them look good in the church.

#1 Should I move out and move to Florida and find cheap rent and go to a 2 year college work up and save up and then move to LA

#2 Should I try to move out and stay in GA and go to college for 2 years and work and save up money, and travel back and forth to LA to see whats out there and to visit and have fun and also look for interning and then move to LA @ 23

#3 Should I stay at home : ( by going to therapy (for depression social anxiety and ADHD and dealing to accept my sexuality) and go to college for 2 years or at least to take more general ed courses and work and save up and still travel to LA to have fun and also to meet new people and find a job or internship and then move to Los Angeles

#4 Should I take summer courses here in Atlanta and work from now on until August and transfer to a community college in LA for Fall Quarter. My uncle lives in Paramount LA CA but his wife doesnt want me to live with them, because of weird reasons I havent even met her, but I think its because there is NO space in there apartment.
But her occupation is to help college students to look for apartments or a roommate

So which is the best scenario you guys think that I should do

Mind you my goal to live in LA would be right now BUT to be stable I want to be out there no later at the age of 23 and Im 20 right now turning 21 in a month

Administrator answers:

Floridian Here.
Move to FL.
Great weather, and I’d imagine the people are “realer” than people in LA (no offense to LA… But if you go there poor you might just get insta-shunned). This ALSO really depends what you plan to major in in college… Florida is like 48/50 in worst public education system… Second to last to Mississippi I believe (don’t quote me on that). But we are decent at certain things…. Mostly medical… Lots of old retired people losing teeth so plenty of room for dentists. I’m computer science myself and that is good just about anywhere atm… If you plan to be a teacher I’d stay away from FL, horrible pay and the jobs are scarce (though substituting only takes an AA and is easy to get on bored with… As long as you’re reliable).

Lastly, whatever you do, Don’t stay at home. I stayed at home… I don’t even have nearly as many … Dilemas, as you… And I really regret it. Live ON campus. Sure people complain about it all the time, but if you live off campus it is MUCH harder to meet friends… Whereas if you get stuffed in an apt-style dorm with 3 other people, you’ll definitely meet them and probably everyone on your floor. Also, whether you choose LA or FL… Move out NOW…. Because you cant just jump right into school once you’re there… (well you CAN… But you’d be paying “out of state tuition” which is something absurd like $14k per semester instead of a more standard $4k)… You are classified as a citizen of a particular state once you’ve lived there for a year (at least for the academia you need a year, obv to get a job it’s instant, as soon as you’re living somewhere… Maybe even before lol). So you’ll need to live somewhere for a year before you can go to school, and the longer you put it off, the more likely it won’t happen… I would try to find somewhere in FL where you can get a semi-decent paying job and just live (not even necessarily save up money) for a year. Then try to move On campus, and get a Job on campus. I went to USF. If you get a staff job (like working at the IT help desk) they wave lots of fees and also pay for 2 classes worth of tuition per year. Also, if you sign up to be an RA (Resident A…. I don’t remember lol… But you are the a**hole that has to tell people to be quite and kick girls out at w/e time, or guys out if you’re a girl… Being gay idk what the police would be for you =p jkjk…) Anyways, being an RA often times pays for your Room and Board, so it would provide you with Rent and some food money. I speak from first hand knowledge of what I did and some of my friends did at USF… But I am sure that most, if not all, of these ideas/suggestions/techniques work at any Public college (not so much at your IVY League college). Also, if you are here by yourself and living on your own, you can apply for Financial Aid and there is a Very good chance they’ll pay for 65-70% of your tuition, as long as you can prove that financially, you’re scrapping bottom. GL!

**Edit** – 2 classes worth of tuition per Semester, so 4 classes a year.

Chris asks…

What Large Metro Area Should I Live?

I am currently going to school for a respiratory therapy degree. I will be leaving school with no debt and about 6 to 7 thousand dollars in cash. I will not be graduating till about June 2012. I am currently living in and going to school in Los Angeles. Unfortunately I am still living with my parents. I will be 27 when I graduate. I would like to move when I graduate to an area that has both a number of hospitals for me to get work at but also that is relatively cheap and possibly getting a house in the future. I realize that I would probably have to get an apartment first but still I want a big place that is cheap. Any advice on where to live would be great. I am trying to get some help sooner rather than latter is so that I can go and travel to some of these cities and see what they are like so I can make an informed decision.

Administrator answers:

I live in a suburb of Dallas and bought a foreclosure that is 1788sqft for 83,5.
Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Kansas City and Cincinnati are all also inexpensive places to live, with lower than average house prices. And Texas has several large metropolitan areas that regularly appear in lists of most affordable cities – Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston. If you are looking for something more rural, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and West Virginia are all inexpensive
http://ezinearticles.com/?The-Most-Affordable-US-Cities-in-Which-to-Buy-a-Home&id=3358475

Sharon asks…

What area in Portland is a good place to live for around $600 per month?

I’m planning on moving to Portland,OR from the Los Angeles area. I’m going to be leaving my car in LA and taking MAX in Portland. I was in Portland last week and liked the Pearl District and Nob Hill and those areas were too expensive for me. I didn’t care for the Hawthorn District at all. I would prefer to live somewhere in the downtown area so I can use MAX.

Gresham is too far and doesn’t appeal to me. One of the reasons I would like to move to Portland is so I can take public transit instead of driving and to find cheaper housing than in LA.

After looking at a few apartments in the Nob Hill area I was crying because the prices were very high. Almost as high as LA prices.
If I have to move to an area without MAX its not the same.
How is Beaverton like California?
I don’t care for suburban sprawl type communities. Gresham is too far from the city and I found to be very unapealing.

I’m trying to move to a city where I don’t need a roomate.

Administrator answers:

I use to pay $580 (utilities included) for my share of the two bedroom apartment I lived in when I was living in the Pearl District. My buddy lives in the Pearl District, by himself, and only pays $600 for his one bedroom. It IS small, and has a tiny kitchen, but it also has front door security and in unit washer and dryer hookups.

When I move back to Portland towards the end of this year I’m going to be living right on the MAX line in the NE about 2 miles from downtown. I’m getting that at $450 a month.

Me thinks you’re not looking hard enough.

Mandy asks…

Where is the best place to live for me?

I am 19 years old, I have a go get em attitude, I am a website developer with my own established business, and I am looking for a little more stability in my life in terms of where I would live and income. School is not for me, I am past that point, I would just like to live and work happily. I have lived in Las Vegas, I am currently living in Los Angeles, and I would like to move.

I cannot live in a suburbia where I would have trouble drumming up legitimate bill-paying business, so does metropolitan seem like what I am destined for?

Very attracted to the idea of living near San Francisco where I could drum up business within its city yet live a calmer life in a place like Berkeley.

What other California base locations would you recommend for my situation? Looking for something between $700-$1000 a month. I have checked apartment listings, but I honestly don’t think finding a cheap place is the hard part, I want to live where my business life, as well as my personal life, may both prosper in a nice environment.

Administrator answers:

Not in CA, but you sound like a Washington, DC guy to me

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