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      I am new to your group & live in Fl,it is not that cheap at all.

      our rent is $1,100.00 a month for a 3/2/2.Electric is outrageous

      because your option of not using A/c doesn’t exist.We only turned

      our a/c off completely about 2-3 weeks ago.The humidity is a kicker

      here!It can be 90 & feel 98!!

      There is no sales tax on food or state income tax because of all our

      tourists but in Orlando the traffic is horrible!There are days if

      you are on the road M-F after 3:30 pm it can take 2 or more hrs to

      get home.

      LIke most states & areas there are cheaper places to rent but you

      might come home to a empty house ~they will rob you blind!I have had

      my car stolen in broad daylight.

      The wages are so low you feel like you are making the same amt u did

      in high school.

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

      >

      > 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:

      > >

      > > 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!

      > >

      > > 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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