Comments on: City vs. Country: Which Is Cheaper? The Ultimate Cost Of Living Showdown http://www.frugalwoods.com/2018/01/29/city-vs-country-which-is-cheaper-the-ultimate-cost-of-living-showdown/ Financial independence and simple living Mon, 18 Feb 2019 05:38:59 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.9 By: Sally http://www.frugalwoods.com/2018/01/29/city-vs-country-which-is-cheaper-the-ultimate-cost-of-living-showdown/#comment-216118 Mon, 26 Nov 2018 16:20:35 +0000 http://www.frugalwoods.com/?p=15969#comment-216118 Funny you should say that dotti, because I moved from Vermont (yes, I am that rare breed, a native Vermonter. Mrs. Frugalwoods can tell you what that means in Vermont lol) to Jacksonville, Florida about a year and a half ago. I moved here because my fiancé had lived here for 25 years and everyone told me how inexpensive it is to live in Florida. Actually, I have found it MORE expensive to live here. My car insurance increased from $99.00 a month with full coverage to $170.00 a month with slightly less coverage. This is will extremely low mileage used and the state of Florida designating me a “safe driver”. Reason? Florida’s no fault insurance laws. I cannot depend on public transportation to get to where I need to go, so being without a vehicle is not reasonable at this point. My rent of
$800.00 a month is equal or a little higher to what I would pay in Vermont and
Cooling costs of Summer equal out with heating costs in Vermont. I find food to be about a wash as I mostly shopped Aldi’s in both places. I will say that the public libraries in Jacksonville are wonderful and a great resource, but other than that, I find it just as expensive to live in Florida as Vermont and a heck of a lot less enjoyable and pretty. Working on my honey to move back to Vermont and become Snowbirds.

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By: Payton http://www.frugalwoods.com/2018/01/29/city-vs-country-which-is-cheaper-the-ultimate-cost-of-living-showdown/#comment-177348 Mon, 09 Jul 2018 14:04:59 +0000 http://www.frugalwoods.com/?p=15969#comment-177348 We have found the country life was more expensive at first, but after the first couple years (and initial, large one-time purchases), the cost started to decrease as we learned about using our garden and fruit trees to sustain us through the year. Also, we spend less more often because we don’t want to actually make the trip into town where we used to live within a few miles of our shopping.

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By: Sarah http://www.frugalwoods.com/2018/01/29/city-vs-country-which-is-cheaper-the-ultimate-cost-of-living-showdown/#comment-167906 Sat, 09 Jun 2018 03:45:15 +0000 http://www.frugalwoods.com/?p=15969#comment-167906 If you are going to Hannaford’s and BJ’s you must be within striking distance of the Upper Valley … go to Market Basket in Claremont (NH)! MB has the BEST price+selection combo anywhere. And on the way stop at Stern’s Produce in WRJ. Now living in “big city” NC and am continually amazed at how much more we spend on grocery staples–despite the bigger market, choice, and competition–without those cornerstone stores.

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By: Rich S http://www.frugalwoods.com/2018/01/29/city-vs-country-which-is-cheaper-the-ultimate-cost-of-living-showdown/#comment-162810 Fri, 25 May 2018 11:41:51 +0000 http://www.frugalwoods.com/?p=15969#comment-162810 Love your site a d stories.

My brothers and I were fortunate to have frugal parents so we all became financially independent very young.

I escaped the US 20+ years ago and now split my time between a 6 acre farm an hour from Quito and a home near Lake Chapala México. Wonderful weather, fresh cheap food, world class medical and dental services and little government interference make for a wonderful but incredibly inexpensive lifestyle. You need patience to live in either location but the overall result is better than anywhere else I’ve found in my 63 years of living and traveling through 36 countries.

Look outsude the US for a better life. I started with an organization called International Living but I’m sure there are others out there. Since living costs are 1/4-1/2 of the US combined with a $70,000 income tax exemption, earning a living abroad is a lot easier than most people think.
Just don’t plan in moving back into an expensive area of the US.

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By: Bob at The Frugal Fellow http://www.frugalwoods.com/2018/01/29/city-vs-country-which-is-cheaper-the-ultimate-cost-of-living-showdown/#comment-105376 Tue, 10 Apr 2018 00:54:35 +0000 http://www.frugalwoods.com/?p=15969#comment-105376 I was thinking about writing a post on this topic myself! Thanks – I’ll be reading this thoroughly.

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By: Bee Par http://www.frugalwoods.com/2018/01/29/city-vs-country-which-is-cheaper-the-ultimate-cost-of-living-showdown/#comment-103882 Sun, 08 Apr 2018 16:02:03 +0000 http://www.frugalwoods.com/?p=15969#comment-103882 One thing that isn’t included in the “cost of living” here is income. When you compare income that can be made in the City vs. income that can be made in the Country, it further skews the numbers towards city living. The primary cost that is cheaper in the country is Housing. Everything else is typically more expensive as the Frugalwoods illustrate. But wages in the city are much higher than in the country.

People who do my job out in the rural areas of my state typically make 2/3s or less than what I make (although lately that margin has been narrowing).

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By: Cheap Yuppie Mom http://www.frugalwoods.com/2018/01/29/city-vs-country-which-is-cheaper-the-ultimate-cost-of-living-showdown/#comment-100558 Tue, 03 Apr 2018 01:43:02 +0000 http://www.frugalwoods.com/?p=15969#comment-100558 Thanks for this post and for your book, which I just finished reading (I got it from my local libary, no bookplate needed!) I love reading about all the various ways to approach frugal living. I’m a frugal professional mom in an expensive major city and sometimes I feel that I could/should be spending less, but costs associated with where I choose to live (a large progressive metro area) are worth it to me. Very cool to see that is also true in Vermont. You have a reader (and fellow personal finance blogger) here for life!

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By: SoberFinance http://www.frugalwoods.com/2018/01/29/city-vs-country-which-is-cheaper-the-ultimate-cost-of-living-showdown/#comment-99582 Sun, 25 Mar 2018 01:35:54 +0000 http://www.frugalwoods.com/?p=15969#comment-99582 Truly great article. The photos of your property are stunning. Initially I was surprised that your costs were higher in rural VT, but i guess that’s a typical assumption by an urbanite such as myself. It’ll be very interesting to see how much your costs come down in the next several years.

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By: Mike Roberts http://www.frugalwoods.com/2018/01/29/city-vs-country-which-is-cheaper-the-ultimate-cost-of-living-showdown/#comment-98259 Fri, 16 Mar 2018 15:26:39 +0000 http://www.frugalwoods.com/?p=15969#comment-98259 This is the first time I’ve been on your site and I have to say that you have an absolutely stunning property – especially in the fall. I’m looking forward to getting my family into a less stressful and slower-paced lifestyle at some point too. Congratulations on the new baby!

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By: fg http://www.frugalwoods.com/2018/01/29/city-vs-country-which-is-cheaper-the-ultimate-cost-of-living-showdown/#comment-98000 Tue, 13 Mar 2018 19:20:17 +0000 http://www.frugalwoods.com/?p=15969#comment-98000 Rural life is even more expensive since the costs of the wood-burning stove, gasoline consumption, hardware, etc., are not really captured by the price. I adore nature more than most (heck, I’ve a PhD in ecology), but I would have a hard time stomaching the carbon-intensive lifestyle. Love the pics though.

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