LA and New York are equally expensive, with LA more expensive to live than SF with its sky-high rents? I’ve lived on about $500 a week baseline for a decade (dropped my health insurance last March). I now pay $1000 a month for rent and utilities, so I am currently living on about $600 a week. This does not include when I splurged for Alexander Technique lessons, writing classes, physical therapy, Chinese herbs, dating. I eat tons of oatmeal, bananas, split peas, lentils to keep my food bill down and to lower my interest in food so I lose weight. I splurge $50 a month for protein power.
I have about ten credit cards from many of America’s finest lending institutions. In 2007, I had over $100,000 in available credit. Today, about $118 if you put all my cards together.