How to Start Over in A New City with No Money and No Job

Moving to a new city with limited funds can be done. For those in a similar situation and looking for a way out, the steps below can help you land in a new place with an income, friends, and a place to live.


Sell What You Can

Have a garage sale, sell your unwanted things online, sites like LetGo, eBay, Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist. These are all great places to sell and get rid of your belongings. After all, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, right? Once you’ve successfully sold your things, your moving load will be lighter and your wallet a tad heavier. After you’ve unpacked, there’s really no need to keep empty boxes, crates, and other moving supplies around. Nor do you have to. There are actually websites like BoxCycle and Container Exchanger that help people sell their boxes and other items.


Do Your Research

Moving to a new city with limited funds isn’t a decision that should be made lightly. You need to take a look at both the cost of living in the city you’re intending to move to, as well as what your prospects might be for securing affordable housing and a job, among other things. There is plenty of free online cost of living calculators to compare two or more cities based on finances and other quality-of-life factors that will matter when you’re moving on the cheap. For example, Banff homes for sale are more costly than homes in nearby cities, so choose wisely.


Live Within Your Means and Save Money

If you’re still struggling to live within your means, take a hard look at your expenses. There is probably something you can cut out or at least cut down on. For example Gym memberships, hair and nail salons, cable TV, cell phone bills. Go through your bills and cancel any service you don’t use frequently. For the stuff you do use, call the provider and see if you can get a better deal, or at least cut it down.


Find A Job

Sign-up for email alerts to let you know when new jobs that match your criteria are listed. You’ll be able to set them up directly on company websites for major employers, as well as on job listing sites. You’ll receive an email as soon as a listing is posted, and you’ll be able to get your application in right away. Who do you know in the place you’re going to? Do you have family, friends, professional or college connections there? Everyone you know, and everyone they know, may be able to help you with your job hunt. Put the word out, very quietly if you’re still employed, that you’re looking to relocate to get job leads and other assistance. Use Facebook and Linkedin to your advantage!


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