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Old 02-01-2013, 02:37 PM
 
Location: CT
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Hi everyone!

We are a family of four possibly relocating from Brazil to Bristol. I have found lots of great info on the CT forum in regards to towns and schools, but need some more specific info on living expenses - have searched all over but cannot find a good CT-specific list.

As we would be moving from a different country, I have no idea about even the most basic costs such as groceries... Would love some help at putting together a rough budget!

So... Approximate yearly or monthly costs of the following, please.

1) Have a reasonable idea about rental costs from web search, but how about utilities? Heating, electricity, water. Electricity use on high side - 2 preteens and sports addict husband!!
2) car costs - will be bringing $ for purchase, but what about gas, taxes etc?
3) average grocery bill? At ordinary stores, not Whole Foods type places...
4) media/communication: cable, internet, phone, cel phone... (here we have a package deal which includes phone, cable and internet from same provider, anything like that in Bristol area?)

I know I'm asking for a lot of info, so TIA!
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Old 02-01-2013, 03:31 PM
 
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HI...We are a family of 4 from Ct so here is what we spend:
1. oil @250/mo budget electricity @ 250 water 100/every 3 mos
2. Gas ...husband and I generally spend @ 80/wk each...SUV's taxes are abt 500/yr on newer SUV's
3. groceries? I am a Whole Foods shopper and spend WAYtoo much $$$ there but if I use Shoprite I generally spend @200/wk on food NOT incl all health/Beauty/toiletry items that I get at Target where I average 100/wk for those
4. We have Comcast and ATT which all bundle. I pay 225 for TV/Internet/Phone....my cell with data plan is 100 extra on a different plan
Hope this helps.
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Old 02-01-2013, 05:41 PM
 
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Hi everyone!

We are a family of four possibly relocating from Brazil to Bristol. I have found lots of great info on the CT forum in regards to towns and schools, but need some more specific info on living expenses - have searched all over but cannot find a good CT-specific list.

As we would be moving from a different country, I have no idea about even the most basic costs such as groceries... Would love some help at putting together a rough budget!

So... Approximate yearly or monthly costs of the following, please.

1) Have a reasonable idea about rental costs from web search, but how about utilities? Heating, electricity, water. Electricity use on high side - 2 preteens and sports addict husband!!
2) car costs - will be bringing $ for purchase, but what about gas, taxes etc?
3) average grocery bill? At ordinary stores, not Whole Foods type places...
4) media/communication: cable, internet, phone, cel phone... (here we have a package deal which includes phone, cable and internet from same provider, anything like that in Bristol area?)

I know I'm asking for a lot of info, so TIA!
Heating might be oil, or it might be electricity, or gas, and then you might have a fireplace with a built-in blower or a wood-burning stove. Your costs will depend heavily on which you use, and how big the home is, and if it's a bigger home, whether or not you have multi-zone heating. Figure at least $200/month in January and February, somewhat less October/November and March/April. September, not much, and the rest of the year, negiligible (just whatever is heating your hot water tank).

OTHER than heat, your utilities will probably average around $100/month combined, EXCEPT if you have air conditioning and use it liberally when it's warm. Then just add another $100/month for July and August.

Car costs: gas is currently running between $3.50 and $4.00 per gallon for regular 89 octane gasoline. Deisel will be significantly more, and higher octane unleaded will typically run 10-35 cents more per gallon depending on how high the octane is. Taxes are paid once or twice yearly (you can split the yearly bill into two payments), and run just a couple to a few hundred bucks for a modest mid-sized vehicle.

Grocery bill: Including making lunch instead of eating out - for a family of 4 including two teens and an athletic, active dad, figure around $300/week for everything (including toiletries). You can go nuts with coupons and save a bunch if there's an Aldi's nearby, and you buy mostly store brands and cook whole chickens instead of buying pieces, and so on and so forth. If you do that, and don't want to spend most of your time obsessing with frugal living, you can probably cut that $300/week down under $200/week pretty easily.

Media: we use a Trackphone and just pay $20 every 3 months to keep it active - we rarely use it. I have landline, hubby has cable for the TV which is the 2nd "best" package for it, and my DSL internet connection is packaged with the landline. We pay around $200/month for all of that.
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Old 02-01-2013, 08:30 PM
 
Location: CT
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Thank you very much, shellg and AnonChick! These are just the sort of details that I needed to help with decisions!!
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