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Old 06-20-2010, 10:59 AM
 
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We moved here last year from Tennessee, and I think your first impressions are dead on. Love the friendly people and think race relations in the Columbia area are good. I could pull my hair out when it comes to the politics. Lots of great summertime activities, parks and recreational opportunities.

Have you been to the SCE&G public park on Lake Murray (Irmo side)? We went on a weekday recently and it was busy but not too crowded. Was a great break from this heat and felt much cooler than inside the city, especially with a nice breeze blowing off the lake.

Living inside the city, I found that most amenities I regularly used were within a 10-minute drive. We recently moved "way out" to Forest Acres, and I sometimes complain about the 15-minute drive to get downtown.
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Old 06-28-2010, 02:16 PM
 
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Actually Publix is my favorite store because they have the most awesome sales...usually for the buy one, get one free items. A lot of things aren't more expensive than other grocery stores (except sometimes Walmart). What I learned: Don't buy any "packaged" stuff unless it's on sale (yes, you have to actually plan or eat what's on sale that week...or buy in bulk). Some fruit, meat, etc may be a bit pricier but it's BETTER QUALITY. Honestly, I've had people tell me they shop at other stores that are "cheaper" and I didn't find them cheaper in the long run. Pay attention to exactly what you are buying, what you can buy on sale, etc etc. And anyway, the service and cleanliness is worth the extra price sometimes.
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Old 06-29-2010, 04:51 AM
 
Location: Columbia, South Carolina
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Publix brand items from cereal to laundry detergent to cat litter and lots more are excellent products and are very inexpensive.
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Old 06-29-2010, 11:31 AM
 
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Publix is awesome - best mainstream grocery chain this side of Whole Foods. It's about the only thing from Florida that's actually been a benefit to thousands of people. If you are reasonably frugal-minded and can combine coupons with their sales (especially buy-one-get-one-frees), they are a great value. My wife uses the Fiddledeedeemom.com website to help her in that regard, getting the best bang-for-our-buck at Publix. And yes, their in-house branded items are almost all great - I have a soft spot for their flavored yogurts.
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