Prices of things…

11 Jun

We’re apartment hunting and I can’t get over just how expensive things are in LA. Two bedroom apartments that look terrible are going for over $1300 per month. Gas prices have skyrocketed in the past 2 weeks from $3.79/gallon to $4.50/gallon. And, of course, the public transportation system is so iffy here that we have to drive almost everywhere (one of the things I really miss about the westside, in fact).

What price woes matter to you these days???


4 Responses to “Prices of things…”

  1. Em June 11, 2008 at 7:11 pm #

    I hear you — Toronto’s not much better! With a baby coming we briefly looked at getting a new place, but after factoring transit costs (we currently walk to work) and moving costs and all, figured it just wasn’t worth it. We’d rather live where we know the area and save while we can! We’re lucky that we also really only use our (diesel) car for leaving the city or large grocery runs, about once every 2-3 weeks.

    Nevertheless, I’m concerned about the cost of making the place baby-ready and safe (even though I know we have months yet) and the costs that will follow…

  2. caffeinatedknitter June 12, 2008 at 3:30 am #

    Gas is so pricey, that I rode my bike to work. Then our babysitter flaked, so I have to meet my husband in the parking lot with the kids. We opted to stay put and renew our lease another year than try to move. I feel for you. This sucks!

  3. rebecca June 12, 2008 at 2:27 pm #

    that is amazingly bad. wow. any chance you can move somewhere that rent is cheaper as are the pickings? gas prices are the worst thing we’ve encountered, and surely the rising cost of food. otherwise, housing costs aren’t increasing, or utilities, for that matter.

  4. geckogrrl June 14, 2008 at 5:00 pm #

    Em, you are so lucky that you live in Toronto! We were so impressed with the transportation system there when we went there on our honeymoon. But you are right, babies do add quite a bit of cost to your budget (especially if you decide to stay home to take care of the little one… loss of income is a huge blow to us!).

    Thanks caffeinated knitted for the comment. We’re debating staying put but it’s hard in a one bedroom (we didn’t move while I was pregnant just because we thought it’d be okay staying here for a year…)

    Rebecca we would love to go where rents are cheaper. The only problem is that then the neighborhoods are really scary. (Our current rent is super cheap — $850 for a large one bedroom with a pool. But our neighborhood is scary — and neighbors too!) It depends on where you live as to housing costs. In LA with an affordable housing crunch, rents have always been super high. In fact when I was working a full-time job teaching at a university, half of my take home went to rent…

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