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Old 06-24-2009, 01:33 AM - Thread Starter
 
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Hey, there, Mamas! My mother has just been offered a job in the Catholic basilica in Minneapolis. Her car isn't going to make it much longer, and with the economy and what it takes to buy right now, it looks like she may be dependant on bus and rail to get around for the next year or two. So... she'll be looking at living in the city or close enough to the city for bus/rail travel daily. She is sixty and has fibromyalgia, so a TON of walking to and from rail/bus isn't really realistic. So...

Can you tell me what the cost of living in the city is like? A gallon of milk, fruit/veggies, a lower cost but good quality restaurant meal, a gallon of gas, a loaf of bread, a typical 2br electric bill, heat bill?

Also, she'll need a fabulous primary care doctor, a good dentist, an awesome chiropractor...you know, the basics!

Can you help!?

Thanks so much.

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I can say she should do great on the bus in Minneapolis- the Basillica is right on a ton of lines. Due to the economy, rents are low right now. I would check out Craigslist for rental options. Most should be heat included, maybe even electric. And she should have no problems (she will have health insurance?) finding wonderful care providers on those bus lines as well. I would look south Minneapolis, along Lyndale perhaps.

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Hey there - since I'm from where you're from, maybe I can help.
Food costs are about 30% higher here than in MI. We are egg free, dairy free, and gluten free now and were not prior to moving here so that is a factor, but this is from recent comparisons when we were home at Christmas. However, due to the popularity of co-ops here (there are several spread throughout the cities), organic food is cheaper. Craigslist is THE place for rentals and will give you the going rates for stuff. 2 bedrooms generally start at $750 for small crappy places and of course the sky's the limit. We pay $845 w/laundry, cable, & internet included, but we're more in a modest lower income area of St Paul. Cable and phone seem to be cheaper here (less taxes on them). Gasoline and car insurance are slightly cheaper. Gas is around $2.50 right now. Homes are way more insulated here and usually have hot water heat, so actually comparable to what we paid in MI monthly - except winter is 2 (or more!) months longer here. Minnesota has wonderful subsidized healthcare and a great healthcare system, so she will be well taken care of in that area. Also, the public transport system is quite good, just check the transit website for routes. If she can afford it, Uptown would be a safe and close area for her. Oh and there are dozens of awesome CSAs here (ours is $28/week for 30 weeks, enough for our hardcore veggie eating family of 3), the farm direct meat, Farmers markets, it's wonderful. I love it.

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where is she moving from? it might be easier to give you a comparison than actual amounts.

i buy organic milk...$3/gallon?

decent restaurant meal $10-15.

gas you can find online, there are lots of trackers. i don't fill up enough to know!

electricity in our 2BR was about $20-25/month. we didn't pay heat. lots of apartments will be boiler around here, and heat is often paid by the landlord.
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Thank you ladies! I'll pass your comments on...please keep them coming! Yes, we're from Michigan.

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where is she moving from? it might be easier to give you a comparison than actual amounts.

i buy organic milk...$3/gallon?

decent restaurant meal $10-15.

gas you can find online, there are lots of trackers. i don't fill up enough to know!

electricity in our 2BR was about $20-25/month. we didn't pay heat. lots of apartments will be boiler around here, and heat is often paid by the landlord.
Seriously, $3 a gallon for organic milk? Where are you finding that?
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Seriously, $3 a gallon for organic milk? Where are you finding that?
i am not a milk drinker myself, i just buy for my husband and son. i think i got the sizes confused. at whole foods, it's probably $4/gal, $3 for a half gallon.
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