Originally Posted by WorldsBestMom
For those who live in Florida is the cost of living really lower than other states? I would love your input. For example renting a house or buying one, utility bills, buying or renting a car, buying food or clothing.
We bought a 4 bedroom house on .25 acres back in '98 for $75,000. (Worth a bunch more now.)
Our power bill is $250.00 per month in the summer and about $50.00 less in the winter. (We have 2 fireplaces)
Gas is about $2.67 as of right now, so we both average $200.00 per month on the vehicles.
Cable and Internet is $127.00 per month.
Cell Phone for 4 people $145.00 per month.
As far as clothing goes. I buy the kids stuff brand new at Target and I have a swap group for ladies and twice a year we exchange clothes. All clothing looks brand new, no one would ever no I swapped with someone.
And of course food, If it doesn't have a coupon, I don't buy it. I stockpile and buy meat twice a month. One a budget for a family of 6, I spend $400.00 per month on food. Oh yeah. we grow and can our own veggies and fruits based on seasons.
Everyone else seems to complain Florida is expensive. I think it how you choose to spend your money that can make or break you.
If I could get out of Florid, I'd jump in a heart beat. Somewhere in the Midwest would be GREAT for me.