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Old 10-29-2011, 10:28 PM
 
Location: Turlock, CA
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I've been a longtime lurker here and have a couple of questions. Our family will most likely be moving to CS in a couple of years. I was wondering what the cost of living is actually like there. I've looked at calculators and things like that online, but it's always best to get it from the source.

When we get there, my husband will be working (transferring locations) and I won't be. Our son (only child, no more to come) will be in either 1st or 2nd grade, so he will be in school, leaving me time to hopefully get a part-time job, without having to pay daycare/babysitter costs. Our income will be about $46K if there are no more raises between now and then.

I've been looking on the Eastern side of CS or maybe Manitou Springs, as either of those locations will be close to my husband's work. I don't want him to have to commute very far since he works varying shift of about 10-12 hours each shift.

Would we be able to make it without me working? Is it cheap, expensive or somewhere in the middle to live there? Thanks!
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Old 10-30-2011, 12:34 AM
 
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It all depends on how much debt you have. If you're going to be trying to make car payments, mortgage payments, school loan payments and credit card payments plus your monthly expenses on 46k, yes that will be very tough. But, people can do just fine on 46k around here if they don't have that much debt.
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Old 10-30-2011, 11:34 AM
 
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In general, Colorado Springs should be less expensive than almost anywhere in California. Taxes of all kinds will be lower. Groceries may be slightly higher except for fresh produce, which will be much higher in winter. Utilities will be mixed. The air conditioning season is quite short, in fact in some areas you may not even need a/c. On the other hand, winter heating costs can be an issue.

Housing costs should be sharply lower, but spend some time on Zillow.com to see what is actually for sale. If you are planning on renting, take a look at Craigslist for a couple of weeks to see what is being offered.

That said, Manitou Springs is one of the most expensive areas in El Paso County. Old Colorado City is just the other side of highway 24 and is more affordable.
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Old 10-30-2011, 05:12 PM
 
Location: Turlock, CA
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Thanks for the responses. I wasn't sure what areas would be better for costs. Is Old Colorado City a safe area? My husband sometimes works until midnight or later.
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Old 11-01-2011, 07:06 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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I think you should be fine in both areas. I actually like Manitou Springs, it has a sense of community that I am fond of. There are parts of Old Colorado City you should probably stay away from though and you will be able to tell when you see the house.
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