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Old 05-18-2009, 12:08 AM
 
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With two kids in public schools, I am not satisfied with public education in Arizona, thinking to move DFW area for good. I got a job offer from Dallas area, but pay is about 6k lower than what I get now in AZ. I wonder what should do. Consiering high property tax and high utility bills, DWF is not a really cheap place to live. What you think? Thank you.
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Old 05-18-2009, 06:57 AM
 
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DWF is not a really cheap place to live.
Oh really? Well here are some other places that are cheaper: Detroit, Cleveland, Cincinnati etc.

I'll pass on those cities personally.

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Consiering high property tax
Simple, don't buy a six million dollar home. Keep it at 100k or less. Otherwise don't complain. You don't need a 250k+ home to survive.

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high utility bills
Make sure your home is energy efficient and don't waste electricity, otherwise don't complain.

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I am not satisfied with public education in Arizona
Public education is public education. It sucks everywhere in the country. My advice is don't let the public school educate your children. YOU need to take a leading role in making sure your children get a well rounded education. If you let the public school system educate them then they'll probably end up in a gang or on drugs. We all know high schools are the number 1 recruiting grounds for gangs.
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Old 05-18-2009, 08:03 AM
 
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Thank you. I totally agree that parents have to tak leading role to educate our kids. I am thinking kids are spending 6 hrs a day in school till high school graduation. Instead of wasting time there, I better find a good school for them. I heard seom DFW schools can compete nationally. That is why I am thinking to move. But I have take a pay cut about 6k a year.

Spending 100k or less for a house, your school of choice for kids is not going to be a top school.

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Old 05-18-2009, 08:16 AM
 
Location: North Texas
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With two kids in public schools, I am not satisfied with public education in Arizona, thinking to move DFW area for good. I got a job offer from Dallas area, but pay is about 6k lower than what I get now in AZ. I wonder what should do. Consiering high property tax and high utility bills, DWF is not a really cheap place to live. What you think? Thank you.
Do your homework about the schools, also public schools rely on parents to help teach their children. Your pay might be lower but the truth is life is cheaper out here. If you purchase and live within your means.
Like the first poster said don't come out here and purchase that Texas size big two story home and expect to have low utilities it don't work that way.

YOu say you have a job offer in Dallas area....that is a very large area. So in order to narrow down school systems and living arrangments more info would be needed....howeer I do believe I have seen several posts from you diesecting to DFW area. Which is great and all, but until you come out here and see things for yourself you will always be posting and questioning.

Good luck to you.
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Old 05-18-2009, 08:25 AM
 
Location: Forney Texas
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I am pretty sure the cost of living in Arizona is a lot higher than in Dallas. An average 3/2 home in DFW is about $150k. The taxes here arent that bad. We do not have a state tax which is nice. I think at even a 6k a year pay cut you will still be better off moving here finacially. And dont worry about the electricity thing. Its hoter in AZ than it is in Dallas so your used to running the A/C all summer long.
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Old 05-18-2009, 08:47 AM
 
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To see if I have to suffer financially in DFW area, I will do some exact calculations with consideration of taxe cut, property tax, and housing prices.
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Old 05-18-2009, 08:59 AM
 
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I don't know what you do for a living or what type of house you're moving from and want to get into...BUT...I'm not seeing how bringing home $500 less a month will make that much of a difference.
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Old 05-18-2009, 11:00 AM
 
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I don't know what you do for a living or what type of house you're moving from and want to get into...BUT...I'm not seeing how bringing home $500 less a month will make that much of a difference.
Well, I make a middle class income. I am the only income at home. Most of money goes to lilving expenses for my family of 4. $500 a month loss means I may not have any savings at all.
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Old 05-18-2009, 11:09 AM
 
Location: Dallas
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If you let the public school system educate them then they'll probably end up in a gang or on drugs.
Hold it there...I went to a public high school and didn't end up in a gang or on drugs. In fact, I ended up winning many college scholarships.

Out of my graduating class (265) I can't think of more than MAYBE 50 that ended up on drugs, and MAYBE 5 (more or less included within that 50) that ended up in a gang.

Not every public school is the same. Some do a great job (mine did), some don't (see Wilmer-Hutchins). Making a blanket statement against public schools is simply ignorant.
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Old 05-18-2009, 11:10 AM
 
Location: Dallas
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Well, I make a middle class income. I am the only income at home. Most of money goes to lilving expenses for my family of 4. $500 a month loss means I may not have any savings at all.
Not if that $500 a month loss is absorbed into a lower cost of living.
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