One of the first things you hear about if you start talking about moving here is what it costs to live. Why people will charge you 50,000 a month in rent! This coming from people who have never been here. It is expensive, yes. But I would like to put things into perspective for a family coming here. Single people will be paying much less in regards to rent and often times they might find company housing or their per diem will pay for their rent. You have to remember too that most families are coming here because they just are not making it back home. Maybe they are making it but they are one disaster away from bankruptcy. There are no more vacations, the savings is gone and 401K.. what is that? Someone on my Facebook page said that you would have a hard time living here even making 25.00 an hour. Ok, I take that challenge. Assuming you are working overtime which everyone here does (there is no such thing as a 40 hour work week here so be prepared to put in the hours). My husband’s average week is 70 hours and many weeks he has gone past that.
So if you are working just 60 hours making 25.00 an hour (a VERY realistic wage) here is what you get:
- 25.00 x40 hours = 1000.00/week
- 37.50 in overtime x 20 hours= 750.00/week
- Per Diem at 40.00 per work day x 6= 240.00
- total before taxes- 1990/week
- Lets say you average 500.00 taken out per week for taxes
- total left- 1490.00/per week or 77,480/year
- Let’s then say that your rent is 3,000 a month= 36,000/year
- total after rent and taxes= 41,480
- other expenses per month 2,000 = 24,000 per year
- total after taxes, rent and other expenses= 17,480/year IN YOUR POCKET
If you are like my husband or most guys, this scenario will be based on at least 70 hours a week which means another 20,000 a year onto that total. PLUS, I calculated the per diem on the low end… many other companies pay more. Either way, that is almost 18,000 a year in your pocket for a 60 hour week or 38,000 a year if it’s 70 hours a week. Most people in other places are not getting that kind of disposable income in a year’s time. They are working and barely making it. It’s all in how you look at it.
Obviously things will be adjusted to meet your needs but don’t automatically count out an opportunity here because housing is going to cost your family 3,000 a month or a little more. There are in fact places here that charge 4,000… 5,000… 6,000 but to be honest, they know that corporations are buying up places quickly here or will pay those prices. We didn’t even consider those places, we simply pretend they don’t exist.
One last thing to conisder, this is only one income. As is the case in our home and many others, there is a second income. Add all that to your bottom line and as you can see, a family absolutely can survive here, just look at the whole picture, not piece by piece because that’s when you get overwhelmed.
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