How much to save for moving/graduation?
The good news: In December I'll be graduating with a Masters in Library and Information Science!
The scary news: I'm not sure what's next. I'm hoping for an entry level position in a university or museum archive (usually term positions, 1-3 years).
The situation: I've been saving for moving expenses/interview expenses/setting up an emergency fund buffer (x amount of months of expenses...not sure how many), and had an original goal in mind of $4,000. I'm not sure how far that will get me but am kind of at a loss for estimating how much moving will cost and how many months of expenses I should save for.
I currently have almost $5,000 saved towards this goal.
I currently make $47,500 a year and have $24k in student loan debt. I live with my parents and my expenses are low. I have four-ish months until I gradate and am guessing it'll take 6 months to a year to find my first job, so I'll be operating under the same income and living expenses for a while.
Does anyone have any advice on how much I should be saving and how much I should be putting towards my student loans?
Some anticipated costs that I have in mind for this transition are:
- Travel to interviews (assuming it isn't covered)
- Security deposit/first (and last?)'s month's rent
- Moving expenses (potentially across the country)
- New furniture (starting almost from scratch)
What I'm most concerned about is setting up a comfortable emergency buffer. I have a feeling that I'll be taking a pay cut with this first job and want to make sure I have a solid security net.
Moving, especially across country, is not cheap.
Can you load all your stuff in a car and drive anywhere? Will you need to rent a trailer or a truck? Can you put it all in a couple suitcases and fly?
Housing costs will vary depending on where you end up. Unless you have excellent credit and a pretty good-length history of on-time monthly payments or the place you live includes utilities, you'll probably have deposits on all of your utilities.
I'd recommend at least $10k for moving.
You'll also need to think about transportation when you're there. Parking costs or transit costs, etc.
State taxes and/or city taxes depending on where you live that will also have an impact.
Congrats on your accomplishments!
With so many unknowns, it is difficult to budget for this kind of thing.
The one thing I've learned over the years of 3 major house moves (including the most recent of moving an entire FARM), plus 4 1/2 office moves, is that it ALWAYS costs more than you think it will. It doesn't matter how well you plan or prepare, there are going to be expenses that you just can't anticipate for many reasons, so don't beat yourself up when it happens. Just expect it, and when they show up you'll be able to say ah-ha, here it is, and keep rolling.
nolesrule has given you some great questions to ask and explore, it would be a good thing to just start looking at what's out there.
In my area in the mid-atlantic of the US, renting an apartment is going to cost an average of $1500 for a 1-2 bedroom space, and that may or may not include any parking or other amenities. That is also not in the heart of the big city, either. It is very expensive to rent an apartment here. But there are also creative ways to work around that. You can search for people who are renting out rooms or "in-law suites" in their homes, and other options like that, which may be cheaper and/or have other perks to living in an apartment. In the beginning you can also make do with a lot of make shift furniture and adaptable options. Searching Facebook marketplace, craigslist, and nextdoor.com are great places to find furniture easily. Additionally, nextdoor.com is a great local resource that can really help you tap into things in the area you choose to live.
Good luck, and enjoy the ride!
Congrats! Check into college career center fast. My dad just retired early from this field, go thing you're open to moving. Don't overlook civil positions, like on usajobs.gov at bases or installations for base historian or archieves, they don't pop up often, but good to check.
On moving, almost all of my coworkers who have moved across country said next time they'll just take what fits in their car and buy everything else new. I feel like their average cost has been 3,000 for a household move, family of like 3.
My dad had a pure library science degree, hopefully your add of information systems opens up more opportunities.
I agree that you shouldn't pay anything to the student loans right now. If you have ever heard of Dave Ramsey, he always says to "pile up cash" for these types of situations. Similar situations would be a pregnancy, job loss, etc. Pile it high and then after you've moved and know you have a job and a place to live, then take any money remaining in the pile and throw it at the student loans.
I also agree with not taking everything with you. Especially since you live with your parents. I am sure they will let you leave stuff there for now. Depending on where you live, you may not want/need all of that stuff. And if you do, you can go get it later or have it shipped.
@khakistorm has a great list. What I would suggest is to create a category group called Move and then create categories for each segment outlined. eg. gas, 1st and last months rent, etc. Then create funding goals for each category based on suggestions like those above. You can move $$$ around within that category group but it will help you visualize the pieces of everything. And you could add notes to each category with your assumptions so you know why you thought you needed that amount.
Oh, and good job on graduating!
has a great list.
Thank you. Just wanted to reiterate my coworkers who moved last wouldn't take everything if they had a long trip to make again. They'd sell the big stuff (couch, fridge, stove, washer, dryer) and the hard to move stuff (pottery wheel, exercise equipment), and buy new or used when they arrived. Of course, they'd take Grandma's hutch, electronics, clothes...
I love this site:
For lovely pics of how real people on various budgets are being creative (and frugal) in decorating their apartments. It will likely stop you from overspending on new, cheap-end furnishings you can't wait to replace later.
We have a home reserve sectional. https://www.homereserve.com while it more than we'd ever paid for a couch, it's survived 1 move and about 6 years. The nice thing is you can disable it all back the flat pieces if needed to move. Also, there is some storage under each seat. I mean, could could start with the chair (really 1 seat and 2 arms), then later order another seat and have a love seat, and later order another seat and have a couch. If needed you could work your way back down too (later move, smaller space). I'll note they are soft, but stiff, like waiting room furniture. There's no springs, just foam and wood, with a little netting.