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Old 03-10-2011, 03:11 AM
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Ok, I'm not one to not believe what someone says, but right now it seems like you have a pretty aloft and "pie in the sky" feeling of economic stability and blasť feelings of finding a job. The very real life situation for a lot of people in this area is they have been without a job for a year plus. I am assuming you have at least $30,000 solid dollars saved up because this is what you will need for at least a year. What kind of health care is your husband in? Depending upon his field the Certs and experience might not transfer here. Are you sure he can find a job? What are you studying and hoping to do after you graduate? You covered by any health insurance? There is a very real possibility you might both have $12 an hour jobs after a year if there isn't more of a game plan. That's not much fun for a bunch of 30 year olds who relocated 900 miles. Hope there's a better game plan in the works than what you are letting on to. Not being a Debbie Downer, just a realist.

So move to an area with no job plans, to an area with a depressed job market and still be a 3+ hour drive from family. Also a State with a 5% income tax coming from a State with 0. Yes, that means 5% of your salary is bye bye. I now make $140 a month less because of the increase. Guess I'm not following the gain. If you are economically so stable why not buy a place in Houston where there are not shootings and crime like you claim where you live now? Sorry, I'm a cynic by nature

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Old 03-10-2011, 08:00 AM
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Thank you everyone for the wonderful information! I think I have what I need now. Ill update when I get to the area and let you know where we end up!
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Old 03-11-2011, 03:57 PM
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[quote=jlynnb08;18148760]I AM A PACKER FAN! GO PACK GO! So, I will be right at home haha
Thanks! I appreciate that help. Im ready for the change in weather which really wont be a change SO much since I spent the first 19 years of my life in Northern Michigan (the UP). I actually am the only person in tx that doesnt complain when it gets 'cold' lol

What south burbs are nice? Some people scared me off from the south side of chicago so I have not explored there much.

Well the south side and the south suburbs are two different things. The south side is probably a last resort but you can find some decent places on the south loop. The south suburbs to check out would definitely be the Orland Park/Tinley Park area, Naperville/Bolingbrook which also includes Plainfield, Romeoville, and even Joliet, also if you want to be more west look into St.Charles/Geneva/.
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Old 03-11-2011, 10:30 PM
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Well after today's earthquake in Japan, you can be grateful we have only the occasional tornado that cause any damage, which affects a vastly smaller area. We have had a couple earthquakes, but most people never noticed and we're not on any major fault lines. Also no tsunamis and no hurricanes. For that matter, this year's blizzard was the first in 40 years. We're really in a pretty good spot to avoid natural disasters. It can be tough trying to find positives of living in Chicagoland, but that's one.
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