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My husband has a potential job offer in a small town. He hasn't been given the salary amount yet but only the benefits. The area is quite low cost and is in a small town of $5,000 with not much around it for an hour to an hour and a half away. We could get a house for half the amount

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    Nicole
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    My husband has a potential job offer in a small town. He hasn't been

    given the salary amount yet but only the benefits. The area is quite

    low cost and is in a small town of $5,000 with not much around it for

    an hour to an hour and a half away. We could get a house for half the

    amount our own home is worth. We could use the equity in our home to

    either pay off my husband's private school loans and put the remainder

    toward a house. We still need to visit the area and find out more. I

    would like to hear from people who live in small towns and see how they

    like it. I am from a suburb of 120,000 and have a metro area 15 minutes

    away. It would be a big change.

    Nicole









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    Creative Beauty by Pat
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    <FONT face="Comic Sans MS" color="#000080">Nicole,
    <FONT face="Comic Sans MS" color="#000080">
    <FONT face="Comic Sans MS" color="#000080">I've lived in a big city, small city, and now a rural area, 2 miles outside a village.
    <FONT face="Comic Sans MS" color="#000080">I'd chose a rural area any day. Big city means convenience, however more noise, pollution and crime. Small city means everybody knows everything, every move you make, however it's more like a large family. Everything is within walking distance. Rural means quiet, peace, however more gas money to get to just the store or gas station. I love the rural farm area that we live in.
    <FONT face="Comic Sans MS" color="#000080">
    <FONT face="Comic Sans MS" color="#000080">-- Patricia George Owner/Operator
    http://www.wagglepop.com/stores/CREATIVE-BEAUTY




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    lisa griffeth
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    I live in a small town- and I moved here from a University town with lots going on every day.





    I personally love the small town feel and good points- we are walking distance from allfour schools,2 grocery stores, a cleaners, a video rental place, a pizza hut and a drug store.





    We can walk to the library, local park and tennis courts. On holidays we have the most amazing things-Christmas parades,Fourth of July we have terrific fireworks, Halloween we have a"parade" for the kids in costumes and the town businesses give out candy.





    Our 3brm 2ba home on 1 ac cost justa tad over100K- in Atlanta it would have been over 300K. It's a very different lifestyle, but I wouldn't take anything for it. ...it's nice to have sort of an "extended family" feel with all of your neighbors.





    HTH


    Lisa G.




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    TxLady
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    Nicole,

    I met my husband when I lived in Dallas. He was a small town boy (about 1,000 at that time). I have NEVER regretted the move!

    Here are some reasons:
    The quiet, the neighbors that I actually KNOW, the small cafe that we love to visit on Saturdays (breakfast for about $ 8.00 WITH refills on the coffee... and all the locals who are full of info about the area), my GARDEN (and trading what did well with my neighbors), the "family sized" church (not "metro sized")...

    The down side? I would say the distance to shopping, but we have found we can make it a "day in town" and have fun, then go home to the country. In short... LOVE it!

    Hope that helps, Linda

    [quote]
    ----- Original Message -----
    From: Nicole
    To: Budget101_@yahoogroups.com
    Sent: Monday, July 21, 2008 7:02 PM
    Subject: Budget101.com : Small town living





    My husband has a potential job offer in a small town. He hasn't been
    given the salary amount yet but only the benefits. The area is quite
    low cost and is in a small town of $5,000 with not much around it for
    an hour to an hour and a half away. We could get a house for half the
    amount our own home is worth. We could use the equity in our home to

    either pay off my husband's private school loans and put the remainder
    toward a house. We still need to visit the area and find out more. I
    would like to hear from people who live in small towns and see how they
    like it. I am from a suburb of 120,000 and have a metro area 15 minutes
    away. It would be a big change.
    Nicole





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    Kitchen Witch
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    <FONT face="Comic Sans MS" size="2">small town politics dictate everything. we live in a town of 340 &#43;/- and while I do love the familiarness there are a lot of behind the scences happenings that are very much dependant on how you spell your name. It is a pain in the you know what to drive 45 to 60 mins to "town" but we just try to go no more than once a week and prefer to go every other week. the nearest "big" city is 2 1/2 hrs away but you can make do if you are willing to pay shipping online for items just not found anywhere near here. my advice would be to check out the local school if you have children (our community's school is getting the squeeze and will be closed within the next year or two) check to make sure if you are religious that there is a church of your favor locally. Houses and taxes are cheaper in small towns but don't forget to check gasoline, propane and heating oil prices as we tend to pay much higher here for those. Also groceries take a bigger chunk out of us in this town than when we lived in a much larger town (largest town in Maine without being a city population wise) Check to see if there are community clubs such as Recreation if you have kids, Historical if you plan to put down roots, fire dept if you or your hubby is so inclined to join the volunteer team etc. IMO in order to live small town you need to be involved and really develope a love for your town or you will be very lonely and miserable. I speak from 8 months experience on this one and only after we got out into the town did we start meeting people and really beginning to love where we are!
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    <FONT face="Comic Sans MS" size="2">Mel
    <FONT face="Comic Sans MS" size="2">in northern Maine
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    [quote]
    ----- Original Message -----
    From: Nicole





    I would like to hear from people who live in small towns and see how they
    like it.






  6. #6
    Candy
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    Nicole,

    Although I live in a area about like where you live now I grew up in a small

    town. To be honest not being use to it you might find it hard to deal with.

    But I would give anything to be able to go back to living in a small town

    like that. This city life just isn't for me. Good luck

    Candy





    On 7/21/08, Nicole wrote:

    >

    > My husband has a potential job offer in a small town. He hasn't been

    > given the salary amount yet but only the benefits. The area is quite

    > low cost and is in a small town of $5,000 with not much around it for

    > an hour to an hour and a half away.






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    artistic wings
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    My husband and I grew up 1/2 mile apart in the same area we live in now. The

    population of the city north of us about 30 miles is 19,000. We live south

    in an area comprised of about 300 homes scattered about. Wouldn't give up my

    ranch/country lifestyle for anything. Born and raised with crops and

    critters. Simple life - gardening, iced tea on the back porch, wildlife

    coming in to see what's edible (eeek! There goes my flowers and garden lol),

    friendly neighbors willing to help one another as needed or if needed. Quiet

    Currently as I write this (it's 4:23 am), we have lightning and thunder off

    in the distance. Hope it brings some rain.



    This life works for me because I am not and have never been a "city" person,

    plus unlike a lot of people, I detest shopping of most any kind.

       

    Roxanne


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    Pat Sinclair
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    I live in a small village ( 600 people) and love it!



    Pat










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    Dee Bleau
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    I grew up in the country. Where everyone knew everyone. I like where I live now since everything is within minutes. BUT i miss sitting on the porch swing and just waving to everyone that goes by. And saying hello to everyone just because it is the nice thing to do without an agenda. <FONT face="Comic Sans MS" size="3"> <FONT face="Comic Sans MS" size="3">I miss living in the counrty. I tell Jeff all the time I would love to move back to the country. <FONT face="Comic Sans MS" size="3">When you grow up their you always want to leave for something better. Well, I miss it now that I am all grown up. <FONT face="Comic Sans MS" size="3"> <FONT face="Comic Sans MS" size="3">Dee

    Pat Sinclair <sunshinepat@sympatico.ca> wrote: I live in a small village ( 600 people) and love it!

    Pat





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    J Diane Northcutt
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    We left the citynine years ago and moved to a rural area half way between two small towns. We live off by ourselves on several acres. It has been great. We have lots of privacy.
    I can drive to either town for food and household products. Only one town has clothes and stuff like that. I usually order a lot of my purchases online and let either the Postal Service or UPS drive them to me rather than drive 40 miles to the city.
    Schools don't matter to us. We homeschool.

    Diane
    [quote]
    ----- Original Message -----
    From: Dee Bleau
    To: Budget101_@yahoogroups.com
    Sent: Tuesday, July 22, 2008 8:03 AM
    Subject: Re: Budget101.com : Small town living






    I grew up in the country. Where everyone knew everyone. I like where I live now since everything is within minutes. BUT i miss sitting on the porch swing and just waving to everyone that goes by. And saying hello to everyone just because it is the nice thing to do without an agenda.
    <FONT face="Comic Sans MS" size="3">
    <FONT face="Comic Sans MS" size="3">I miss living in the counrty. I tell Jeff all the time I would love to move back to the country.
    <FONT face="Comic Sans MS" size="3">When you grow up their you always want to leave for something better. Well, I miss it now that I am all grown up.
    <FONT face="Comic Sans MS" size="3">
    <FONT face="Comic Sans MS" size="3">Dee


    Pat Sinclair <sunshinepat@sympatico.ca> wrote:


    I live in a small village ( 600 people) and love it!

    Pat









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    margaret lynch
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    hi everybody
    i am new to this group and i love all the hints and the recipes. we were living in a large city of 300,000. we retired and came back to our home town in oklahomawhich is about 3,000. we love it here but have to drive a ways to a walmart or a mall. its much cheaper to live here and homes are cheaper. i enjoy this group and hope to learn new things.

    marge



    ----- Original Message ----
    From: lisa griffeth <apiamama@yahoo.com>
    To: Budget101_@yahoogroups.com
    Sent: Monday, July 21, 2008 10:21:23 PM
    Subject: Re: Budget101.com : Small town living






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    I live in a small town- and I moved here from a University town with lots going on every day.





    I personally love the small town feel and good points- we are walking distance from allfour schools,2 grocery stores, a cleaners, a video rental place, a pizza hut and a drug store.





    We can walk to the library, local park and tennis courts. On holidays we have the most amazing things-Christmas parades,Fourth of July we have terrific fireworks, Halloween we have a"parade" for the kids in costumes and the town businesses give out candy.





    Our 3brm 2ba home on 1 ac cost justa tad over100K- in Atlanta it would have been over 300K. It's a very different lifestyle, but I wouldn't take anything for it. ...it's nice to have sort of an "extended family" feel with all of your neighbors.





    HTH


    Lisa G.





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    Candy
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    Oh wow you live in the kind of area I would love to move back to.

    Candy





    On 7/22/08, artistic wings <artistic_wings_05@charter.net> wrote:

    >

    > My husband and I grew up 1/2 mile apart in the same area we live in now.


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    Vickie
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    I grew up in the city & could never imagine myself livng in the country. I often wondered how & why anyone would want to. A few years back my husband (he's from a small town) wanted to move to a smaller town. I agreed but never thought I would make it. Today, life is good & I can't imagine living in the city. Our town is starting to grow,but I wouldn't have it any other way. We have a mall about 10 miles away, which I seldom go to. I say go for it.

    --- On Mon, 7/21/08, Nicole <bnlbjfamily@yahoo.com> wrote:

    From: Nicole <bnlbjfamily@yahoo.com>
    Subject: Budget101.com : Small town living
    To: Budget101_@yahoogroups.com
    Date: Monday, July 21, 2008, 7:02 PM


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    My husband has a potential job offer in a small town. He hasn't been
    given the salary amount yet but only the benefits. The area is quite
    low cost and is in a small town of $5,000 with not much around it for
    an hour to an hour and a half away. We could get a house for half the
    amount our own home is worth. We could use the equity in our home to
    either pay off my husband's private school loans and put the remainder
    toward a house. We still need to visit the area and find out more. I
    would like to hear from people who live in small towns and see how they
    like it. I am from a suburb of 120,000 and have a metro area 15 minutes
    away. It would be a big change.
    Nicole






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    Char
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    <FONT color="#008080">Give me city living anytime! I live in a suburb of Houston, so although I am 30 mins away from the center of one of the top 10 largest cities in the US, it is normal to see someone riding a horse beside the road on the weekend or hauling livestock in a truck on a weekday. <grin>Tome, a<FONT color="#008080">rural area is a nice place to visit. Consider me like a Gabor sister from Green Acres.
    <FONT color="#008080">Could we stop extolling the virtues of small town living, since not really related to budget 101 stuff.
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    ----- Original Message -----

    We left the citynine years ago and moved to a rural area half way between two small towns.



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    Lori
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    After spending all of my adult life in the DC metro area I moved to the small town where my husband lived when we got married. It definitely took some getting used to. There's a lot a city has to offer that you will never find in a small town -- from restaurants to ethnic foods inthe grocery store, or much of a choice in entertainment. Plus if you live in town you can forget having any kind of privacy. While it can be nice to get your neighbors you don't have a lot of choice in a small town. On the other hand there's no traffic to speak of, trees that don't look like they're gasping for breath and you can see the stars at night. We now live out in the country and that's much more to my liking. We get the benefits of being away from the nastiness of a big city without having nosy neighbors in our business all
    the time.





    I would take careful stock of how much you really take advantage of what a big city offers that you won't find in a small town and you'll find your answer there. The only thing I really miss is having a very wide variety of real restaurants (i.e., not a chain) and foods in the grocery store to choose from, but I can live without those inbetween visits back to the big city. (Oh and a decent quilt shop but there's tons of great fabrics on the internet so I'm surviving. lol)





    Lori.










    --- On Mon, 7/21/08, Nicole <bnlbjfamily@yahoo.com> wrote:

    From: Nicole <bnlbjfamily@yahoo.com>
    Subject: Budget101.com : Small town living
    To: Budget101_@yahoogroups.com
    Date: Monday, July 21, 2008, 8:02 PM


    <DIV id="yiv584533843">



    My husband has a potential job offer in a small town. He hasn't been
    given the salary amount yet but only the benefits. The area is quite
    low cost and is in a small town of $5,000 with not much around it for
    an hour to an hour and a half away. We could get a house for half the
    amount our own home is worth. We could use the equity in our home to
    either pay off my husband's private school loans and put the remainder
    toward a house. We still need to visit the area and find out more. I
    would like to hear from people who live in small towns and see how they
    like it. I am from a suburb of 120,000 and have a metro area 15 minutes
    away. It would be a big change.
    Nicole






 

 
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