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 Sat, 26 May 2018 13:43:38 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 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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By: Melissa http://www.frugalwoods.com/2018/01/29/city-vs-country-which-is-cheaper-the-ultimate-cost-of-living-showdown/#comment-97845 Mon, 12 Mar 2018 17:19:51 +0000 http://www.frugalwoods.com/?p=15969#comment-97845 This was my experience with rural RI. I was living in a family home on the beach… its beautiful but people are pretty aggressive. I’d have people parking in the driveway, or blocking the road altogether. People would snoop in the windows and would see nothing wrong with relieving themselves on my neighbors lawn. Private property and no trespassing signs don’t apply to them evidently! In the summers the road association needs to hire a guard to staff the road to keep out cars and tourists.

I lived there a year and found the constant influx of strangers combined with the desolateness in the winter plus the distance to anything substantive (20 minutes to town where there was a general store and a pizza place) proved to be difficult.

I now happily live in a university town on the North Shore of Boston and have never been happier. 🙂

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By: Melissa http://www.frugalwoods.com/2018/01/29/city-vs-country-which-is-cheaper-the-ultimate-cost-of-living-showdown/#comment-97842 Mon, 12 Mar 2018 17:10:42 +0000 http://www.frugalwoods.com/?p=15969#comment-97842 I think that depends on your life circumstance and personality…. As some who did live in the “country” for about a year, I gained 30 lbs, became severely depressed, and emerged from that year so badly shaken it took years to recover. I love to visit that place and home still (I was living in a family home), but found that living there year round was too stressful as a single woman. I enjoy my visits, but I enjoy leaving for more populated areas.

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By: Rebecca http://www.frugalwoods.com/2018/01/29/city-vs-country-which-is-cheaper-the-ultimate-cost-of-living-showdown/#comment-96303 Wed, 07 Mar 2018 14:24:05 +0000 http://www.frugalwoods.com/?p=15969#comment-96303 ).]]> We moved to a remote little town in New Mexico for my husbands job and it’s an interesting mix of rural and city because of the national lab nearby … housing prices are through the roof and bidding wars occur regularly (we bought ours during a slump so we consider ourselves fortunate). There are two grocery stores and a farmers market so I feel the competition has kept the main grocery store prices down, and if I shop the sales I barely notice a difference. But there is only one internet and cell phone provider that works, so you’re stuck with their rather high prices. On the other hand the city has free transportation during the week (if you’ve seen Parks and Rec … we’re totally Eagleton) and free concerts, National parks everywhere, a tripped out Rec Center and splash pad … so overall, despite being warned about the high house prices and limited choices I think we spend less than we did in the bigger city we lived in before this. And because of the mountains we enjoy it so much more (we’re both wanderers at heart but I think we’ve finally found home base😊).

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