I know the cost of living is insane there. What is the required income to have a decent living ie:
Decent apartment, 2-3 trips/yr, bills and savings for retirement + emergencies. Aside from that I don't eat out or get out much or at all. Very much a home body that keep myself so comfortable living is the highest priority.
- Not the Apple from above, but I did spent ~12k with my SO in Japan for 10 days during Christmas and new year, hotel cost was ~300/night in Tokyo, and ~700/night in those full board hot spring hotel. Return tickets cost ~3000 for two. For food, fugu, teppanyaki, sushi and kaiseki all costs 100~200 per person. Its relatively expensive since its the super peak season during the year. But if you choose to stay in Ritz or Park Hyatt, having a private bath in those hot spring hotels, go to those Michellin restaurants, you can definitely spend more during low season. My colleague spent 20k for his trip to Hokkaido, but its for a family of 4. Don’t think its too hard to reach 10k for couples traveling internationally. Flying biz would be another story, ticket itself might be 10k already.
- Still, it depends on your style of living. We are willing to spend tons of money in travel, but we do no shopping (I still wear tshirts from career fairs to work, and same pair of socks with holes since my freshman year’s outlet shopping) no diamonds on engagement, no costs on meal (maybe 1 fancy dinner per month)
- Chase OjDg47Tbh, it sounds like you don’t live an extravagant lifestyle and are comfortable with roommates.
If you make 100k and max out a pre tax 401k, you’ll take home 58k. If you spend 2k a month on rent, you’re left with 34k. Between transportation, utilities, clothing, food and fun you should have plenty left over for trips and savings.
People live on much less.
- Define decent apartment? If you are a home body why move to a city? Defeats the purpose. The cost is based on the location.
- Where in the Bay you work matters somewhat. Peninsula/ SF proper, probably 150k or so without roommates, 120k or so with. San Jose/ southern east bay (around Hayward), maybe 120/90 are decent. You have to live fairly close to work usually due to insane traffic/ underfunded & inadequate public transportation, unless you happen to work right off the BART.