Oh, I got a call that I’m moving on to the second interview with Macy’s. Basically, the way they do things, they have the initial interview, then an interview with the department head.
Getting past the first is, of course, not a sure thing, but it’s certainly a good sign. Even if this job doesn’t work out, it at least shows that I’m not total crap at job interviews- which is important. You could be the perfect candidate, if you interview poorly, you don’t get the job.
Also doing budgeting work. Utilities I’m looking at $200/mo. This is more or less a guess from looking at what my parents pay. The big wildcard is water. We have a well that serves the park, so we don’t have a bill for that. Well, my parents do, when a pump or a pipe breaks. But not for the water itself. I should look up to get some more specifics in the utility budget.
Rent I’m assuming $300. This is plausible within a reasonable commute of the mall for a studio. There are places less than that, even in the city, but I get a sketchy vibe about them- some of the outside pictures make me not even want to see what the inside is like. And having first hand experience unfucking some of the “repairs” done to rental properties, I think I’ll trust my instincts on this. I’ll send the rent budget up if I get close enough to walk to work or utilities included.
Phone will be $45/mo, if I have to, I can drop back to a regular TracFone and spend about 20 or even less. I’m having trouble finding ISP quotes without a specific address, which I can’t provide or even throw in a plausible one. I can probably find some info on third party ISP review sites.
Food I’m still a bit lost on. Gas I need to work out, I could look at an upper range for commuting distance and go with that, the math won’t be too hard.