this book on finances in your 20s and 30s that i have says “you shouldn’t spend more than 30% of your take-home pay on rent”.
that would leave me with $600 rent max each month. somehow i doubt that’d work around here.
i am looking forward to my raise in a month or so, but i don’t think it’d be much; my last regular raise was $0.55 (not including my wage increase for this new position). whoop-dee-doo. then again, i shouldn’t complain, since i get paid good money for what i do, but sometimes i look at my paycheck and wonder how it’s really supposed to work. i’m looking at apartments around work again, and i’d still kind of prefer not having a roommate. problem is, my work is stuck between baltimore and dc, so good luck trying to find a decent one-bedroom place in there for around $750, let alone $600. sometimes when i write this out, though, i don’t really see why i even bother writing it out. it’s all a matter of spending and finding affordable housing, and one’s controllable and the other not so much.
it’s still a pain, though.
ps. i can’t wait to get my car paid off. arghh… just a few thousand more to go then i’ll have another $500 each month! i’d rant more about finding a place to stay, but i’m too bored right now to do that. i think i’m going to roll off to bed, actually… i’ve run out of things to do tonight, hrm.