Do you want to live in a big city with a big-city lifestyle? This consists of fancy houses, expensive late-model cars, and costly meals.
I live in San Diego and see people living this lifestyle daily. However, most people cannot afford to live like this.
They are going broke trying to act rich. Very few people can actually afford to sustain this life.
But, you can get ahead in a big city, if you are willing to sacrifice for 5-10 years. Can you skip going downtown for a few months? Can you take on a roommate?
Living below your means can teach you how to thrive in a big city. Otherwise, the big city will consume you and your paycheck. Good Luck