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      I surely didn’t mean to discourage anyone in a worse situation by

      posting my question. I’m sorry for your situation! Florida is

      cheaper in many ways, and a lot warmer.

      I come from a family that would consider my situation bad. My

      brother has $100K sitting in a savings account, not to mention his

      other savings. My other brother and mother, the same. My dad is the

      only one who might understand our situation, but he would fuss at us

      for getting ourselves into debt (one third of our debt is a reliable

      car and we gave away our other car for next to nothing when we moved

      here). So, comparing ourselves to our family members is not a good

      thing. Comparing, in general, is probably a bad idea because it can

      only go one of two ways; it will either make us jealous or prideful.

      I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving and can find at least 5

      things to be thankful for…

      — In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, melinda irvin

      wrote:

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      > You should be able to live just about anyplace on $45 thousand a

      year! My husband and daughter are disabled and I have to care for

      both of them meaning I cannot work outside the home. We live on less

      than $8 thousand a year and get no assistance from the government

      such as food stamps. The only thing they get are medical cards. We

      live cheaper in Florida than any place else because we live in a 21

      foot camper trailer that we are slowly fixing up. Our campground pays

      all electric,water, sewer and trash pick up and we only pay $20 a

      month for internet. Our campground is $330 a month but we have found

      one cheaper at $180 a month. We will be paying $50 a month for

      insurance on our truck the first of the year ( up $10 due to the

      insurance changes) and pay $50 for our prepay phone. I learned to

      recyle, reuse and reduce and now the SS office tells my husband he

      makes too much and is reducing his check from $643 to $581 a month

      and there are 3 of us! I wish I had HALF your money

      > so I could afford a real house! We cannot get housing because the

      list is so long and we are not qualified because we own the camper we

      live in! If there is a state cheaper to live who would actually help

      us I would love to know!

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      > jillinole wrote: We moved to TN 2.5 years

      ago, and it is nice. You all up north will

      > laugh, but it gets too cold here for me! LOL! It has taken me

      > forever to make friends, though, like nowhere I’ve ever lived. I

      > don’t know why. The cost of living is low here compared to FL

      > (where we lived before); the taxes and insurance for housing there

      > we couln’t afford (though I would have liked to stay there). TN has

      > a horrible sales tax, IMO, like almost 10%. However, there is no

      > state income tax in TN. We have also lived in GA, and it was

      > reasonable, too. Lower sales tax, but a state income tax. They all

      > get you somehow. IMO, Atlanta metro’s job market is flooded (too

      > many people, not enough jobs), but I could be wrong. I guess it

      > depends on what you do and what your education is.

      > I love to hear where people live and how they fare. My DH and I are

      > still looking for the perfect place! Maybe we were just meant to

      > wander…

      > My husband works for a huge computer company and makes around $45K

      > per year. Honestly, I’m just happy he has a job and we have good

      > health insurance. But we live on one income and often we don’t know

      > how it will all work out…but it does.

      > Jill

      > (newbie)

      >

      > — In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, “Wendy” wrote:

      > >

      > > I was promised 2 years ago that Alabama would be great, jobs, low

      > > COL, and the beach!!, so far the only thing that’s good is the

      > > Beach!!!! I miss Montana. You have the best of it all, the

      rockies

      > > close by, the lowlands to the east. It’s got a little bit of

      snow,

      > a

      > > little bit of rain, and it doesn’t hit the triple digits but 5 or

      > 6

      > > days a year!! and NO SALES TAX!!!

      > >

      > > — In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, “armstrca” wrote:

      > > >

      > > > No mountains, but some really big hills – the San Antonio area

      > (I

      > > would

      > > > say Austin, but traffic is he!! there). The Texas hill country

      > is

      > > > gorgeous and Texas has a reasonable COL.

      > > >

      > > >

      > > > From: Budget101_@yahoogroups.com

      > > [mailto:Budget101_@yahoogroups.com] On

      > > > Behalf Of stmichealprotectus

      > > > Sent: Wednesday, November 14, 2007 2:14 PM

      > > > To: Budget101_@yahoogroups.com

      > > > Subject: Budget101.com : Place to live

      > > > Can anyone suggest a place to live that has a reasonable cost

      of

      > > living

      > > > & near mountains? We have enough equity in our home & are

      > > considering a

      > > > move. Any input would be great. Thanks Maria

      > > >

      > >

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