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CityNewbie22 @citynewbie22
Joined: 10 months ago

Cost of Living in Aberdeen for a Young Professional?

Hi all, I’m a 25-year-old software engineer who just accepted a job offer in Aberdeen. I’ll be moving there from a smaller town and am trying to get a realistic idea of the living costs. I’m looking to rent a decent 1-bedroom apartment near the city center and live a relatively active lifestyle (working out, dining out occasionally, etc.). My starting salary will be around $60,000 per year.

Can any current Aberdeen residents share their experiences and give me a breakdown of typical monthly expenses for housing, groceries, utilities, transportation, entertainment, and any other major costs? I’d really appreciate hearing a range of perspectives from people in different situations. Thanks in advance for your insights!

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AberdeenLifer @aberdeenlifer
Joined: 2 months ago

Welcome to Aberdeen! As a lifelong resident, I can give you a decent overview of the costs here. For a 1-bedroom apartment downtown, you’re probably looking at $1,000-1,200 per month in rent. Utilities like electricity, heating, water tend to run $150-250 depending on the season. Groceries can be pricey – I’d budget at least $400 per month if you’ll be cooking most meals at home. Eating out isn’t too bad though, you can get a decent meal at a casual restaurant for $15-20.

Transportation is reasonable if you’re living and working downtown – a monthly bus pass is around $80 I think. Parking can be a hassle and expensive if you have a car. As for entertainment, gym memberships are $50-70 per month, and movies are $10-15 per ticket.

Overall, on a $60k salary you should be able to live comfortably in Aberdeen, but be prepared for high housing costs. The city has a great energy and lots to do, so I think it’s worth it! Let me know if you need any other tips.

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BudgetConscious @budgetconscious
Joined: 2 years ago

I would encourage you to look for apartments just outside the city center if you want to save money. You can likely find a nice 1-bedroom for $800-900 per month with just a short commute. Groceries at low-cost stores like Aldi can cut your food budget down to $300 or less. And cooking at home will save you a ton compared to Aberdeen’s pricey restaurant scene.

Public transit is decent here, so I’d recommend skipping a car if possible – taxi/rideshare for occasional trips outside the city. Entertainment can add up quickly, so maybe budget for just 1-2 restaurant meals and 1 activity (movie, sports event, etc.) per month.

On a $60k salary, I think you could keep total living costs around $2,500 per month with some smart budgeting. Aberdeen has a relatively high cost of living, but is still very manageable for a young professional household. Just be disciplined about housing/food costs.

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LuxeLifer @luxelifer
Joined: 2 years ago

If you want to truly experience everything Aberdeen has to offer, be prepared to pay up! A decent 1-bed downtown will likely run you $1,200-1,500 per month. Groceries can easily hit $600+ if you prioritize high-quality ingredients. However, Aberdeen has an amazing restaurant scene that I highly recommend taking full advantage of – budget at least $400 per month if you want to dine out frequently.

Other costs like a nice gym ($100+/month), regular happy hours ($50+/week), and indulging in the city’s nightlife, cultural events, etc. can really add up. Transportation via rideshare/cabs is also very expensive if you go that route instead of having your own car.

On a $60k salary, you’ll need to be pretty frugal in some areas if you want to truly live it up in Aberdeen. But in my opinion, the city is worth it for a young professional with discrtionary income to spend. If you budget $3,500-4,000 for living costs, you can make the most of what Aberdeen has to offer!

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FamilyFirst @familyfirst
Joined: 10 months ago

As someone supporting a family of 4 in Aberdeen, I’ll give you a perspective from that angle. Housing will be your biggest expense – we pay $1,800 for a decent 3-bedroom apartment outside the city center. Grocery costs for a family are no joke either, easily $800-1,000 per month if you don’t want to relentlessly meal prep.

On top of that, factor in around $300 for utilities, $150 for a family cellphone plan, $100 for cable/internet, plus insurance, transportation (we budget $400 for gas/car payments), etc. and costs ramp up quickly. Entertainment is pricey too – movies are $50+ for our family, and we splurge maybe $150 per month on family activities around the city.

My advice would be to look for the right balance as a single person. You can live much more frugally than my family situation, but don’t deprive yourself too much either. A $60k salary is decent in Aberdeen, but you may want to pick your splurges carefully (e.g. car over nightlife, nice apartment over dining out too much). There are ways to make it work!

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AdventureSeeker @adventureseeker
Joined: 2 years ago

Aberdeen has been a blast for me as an adventure-loving single person! The cost of living is on the higher side, but the city’s energy and opportunities for an active lifestyle make it worthwhile.

My biggest expense is rent at around $1,100 for a modern 1-bed downtown. But being walkable to work, nightlife, hiking trails, etc. is huge. I probably spend $400 per month on groceries, $200 on utilities/internet, and $100 for a gym membership.

Where costs really add up for me is transportation and entertainment. I have a car payment, insurance, gas, etc. that runs me $500 per month. But it’s enabled me to get out and explore all the amazing outdoor destinations around Aberdeen! I also budget $400-500 for dining out, social activities, attending events, gear for my hobbies, and more.

On a $60k salary, you’ll definitely need to budget diligently, especially if you have major loans/debts. But there’s a way to make it work in Aberdeen if you prioritize an active, adventure-filled lifestyle! The outdoors alone make the cost worth it for me.

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FoodieForLife @foodieforlife
Joined: 2 years ago

Aberdeen is a phenomenal city for foodies! However, indulging in the world-class culinary scene here does come at a steep cost. Let me break down my typical expenses:

Rent: $1,200 for a nice 1-bed downtown
Utilities: $250
Groceries: $400 (splurging on high-quality ingredients)
Transportation: $100 (mostly walking/public transit)

That’s already $1,950 in just essential living costs. But then the fun begins…
I easily drop $600-800 per month on dining out multiple times per week – hitting up all the hot new restaurant openings, tasting menus, fine dining experiences, you name it. Add in $100-200 per month on fancy beverages/wine, cooking classes, food tours, etc.

On a $60k salary, you’d likely need to cut costs elsewhere (minimal nightlife, used car, etc.) to be able to invest $1,000 per month in the foodie lifestyle. But for a true culinary devotee, Aberdeen’s bounty and budding restaurant scene is worth the splurge! Just be prepared for sticker shock initially.

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HouseholdOfTwo @householdoftwo
Joined: 11 months ago

My partner and I are both young professionals, and we’ve found Aberdeen to be a relatively affordable place for a dual-income household without kids. Our combined salaries are around $120k.

We pay $1,500 for a nice 2-bedroom apartment in a trendy neighborhood. Utilities (electric, internet, etc.) are about $300. Groceries run us $600 since we enjoy cooking. We pay $500 for a car payment, insurance, and gas. Then budget another $200 per month for miscellaneous costs.

That leaves us with around $1,900 per month for dining, entertainment, gym memberships, travel, etc. We probably spend $400-600 going out to restaurants/bars, $100 on a gym membership, $100 on hobbies/activities, and pocket the rest for saving/trips.

Obviously we’re quite comfortable, but I still think Aberdeen is very livable for a single $60k salary. You may need to tighten the budget a bit compared to a dual-income situation. But you can definitely take advantage of the city’s amenities and have an active social life without going broke.

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FirstJobStruggles @firstjobstruggles
Joined: 5 months ago

As someone in their early 20s trying to get by on an entry-level $45k salary in Aberdeen, I’ll be upfront – the cost of living here can be really tough if you’re just starting out! Here’s a quick breakdown of my typical monthly expenses:

Rent: $950 (splitting a 2-bed apartment)
Utilities: $100 (my split of electricity, internet, etc.)
Groceries: $250 (mostly budget ingredients)
Transportation: $80 (bus pass)
Cellphone: $60
Restaurants/Entertainment: $150-200

That puts my essential living costs over $1,500 already, which is really tight with my take-home pay. I have to scrimp in a lot of areas – cooking almost every meal, very little dining/nightlife, no gym membership, minimal shopping, etc. Aberdeen is an amazing city, but a lot of the costs can be jaw-dropping for a young person just starting their career.

My advice would be to try and lock in reasonably-priced housing, even if it means a longer commute. $60k gives you more breathing room than I have, but you’d still need to be pretty frugal starting out. Abbott the opportunity to live and work in Aberdeen comes at a premium!

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ParentingOnABudget @parentingonabudget
Joined: 2 years ago

Aberdeen definitely isn’t the cheapest place for families, but it’s doable with some budgeting! We have two young kids, and here’s a look at our major monthly costs:

Rent: $1,600 for a 3-bed apartment
Utilities: $250
Groceries: $800-1000 (kid snacks/activities add up!)
Cable/Internet: $150
Transportation: $400 (car payment, gas, insurance)
Cellphones: $120 family plan
Misc Kids Costs: $200 (sporadic activities, toys, etc.)

That’s already over $3,500 before entertainment, dining out, etc. We probably spend another $300 per month on occasional restaurant meals/movies/fun as a family.

On top of that, childcare is INSANELY expensive – we pay $1800/month for daycare for two kids! It basically wipes out any second income. Overall we spend close to $6k per month to have a decent life in Aberdeen as a family of 4.

My biggest tip would be to get on waitlists/look into public assistance for childcare if you plan to have kids in Aberdeen. The cost of living is high, but arguably worthwhile to raise a family here if you can manage the huge childcare costs.

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RetiredAndLoving @retiredandloving
Joined: 11 months ago

I retired a few years ago and my wife and I moved to Aberdeen – it’s proven to be a great (albeit expensive) place to spend our retirement years! Here’s a quick overview of our monthly budget that may be useful reference:

Housing: $1,800 (2-bed condo we purchased)
Utilities/Cable/Internet: $300
Groceries: $500 (we enjoy cooking at home)
Transportation: $300 (car payment, gas, insurance, maintenance)
Healthcare: $500 (premiums, prescriptions, etc.)

That covers our basic $3,400 per month “essentials” budget. On top of that, we probably spend:
$300 dining out
$200 entertainment (movies, theater, etc.)
$150 travel/misc fees
$500 personal spending (hobbies, shopping, etc.)

So our total living costs tend to be around $4,500 per month in Aberdeen. Obviously that’s high, but we’re able to comfortably afford it on our retirement savings/investments/social security income. The city has incredible amenities and attractions for an active retirement lifestyle.

My advice would be to factor in higher healthcare costs when budgeting for Aberdeen, and be savvy about housing costs – that’s by far the biggest expense here. But it’s absolutely possible to live “rich” here on a reasonable retirement income!

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