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Old 02-04-2017, 12:15 PM
 
Location: North County San Diego Area
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Not good in the public sector either.
I'm a state employee that struggles due to low pay/cost of living.
My wife had friends that worked for Palm Beach County Govt, Fire Rescue and etc. average salary for Fire Rescue is around $80K for new hires + OT, some of her friend's husbands were making upwards of $100 to $125K/year with OT or more. Salaries were all public, easy to search online. It was then how we realized they could afford the huge new home, cars, trips and lifestyle.

If you can make $100K in SoFla that makes life a lot easier to afford the expense of living there.
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Old 02-04-2017, 12:59 PM
 
Location: Around and about
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My wife had friends that worked for Palm Beach County Govt, Fire Rescue and etc. average salary for Fire Rescue is around $80K for new hires + OT, some of her friend's husbands were making upwards of $100 to $125K/year with OT or more. Salaries were all public, easy to search online. It was then how we realized they could afford the huge new home, cars, trips and lifestyle.

If you can make $100K in SoFla that makes life a lot easier to afford the expense of living there.
There are some top heavy salaries.
Unfortunately, I make way lower than that in Central Fl.
Hence the struggles.
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Old 02-04-2017, 01:40 PM
 
Location: North County San Diego Area
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There are some top heavy salaries.
Unfortunately, I make way lower than that in Central Fl.
Hence the struggles.
You would really struggle in SoFla if you were a renter, average rent is pushing many out little alone what we paid for car insurance, just for my Wife and I, two average cars, in our 40's safe driving record and excellent credit, $300/month and it went up every 6 months.
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Old 02-05-2017, 05:34 PM
 
Location: SW Pennsylvania
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Would like to know how your move went. Are you adjusting to the new area?


The Poconos are in a touristy area too with lots of visitors and transplants from the Greater NYC area. You might even hear some the natives complain about that too. Although it's in the northeast, you will likely experience some culture shock. But I think you will be happier because you are closer to relatives.
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Old 02-05-2017, 10:41 PM
 
Location: Woodbury, MN
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Jo48, did you transfer your money out of your pre-tex retirement accounts while you were still in Florida? Otherwise, you'll be stuck paying state income tax when you take the money out of the pre-tax retirement accounts. We can't take money out of our pre-tax retirement accounts until we become Florida residents. The Minnesota income income tax is huge when taking the money out of the pre-tax retirement accounts. Minnesota also taxes on pensions and most of the social security.

If you're moving back north, why move 2 hours away from the grand kids when you could move much closer. You could eliminate the long 2 hour drive if you moved much closer.
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Old 02-28-2017, 10:57 AM
 
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I'l be right behind you in a year or 2. Can't stand it here any more.
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Old 02-28-2017, 11:17 AM
 
Location: Spring Hill Florida
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I'l be right behind you in a year or 2. Can't stand it here any more.

where are you headed?
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Old 02-28-2017, 12:44 PM
 
Location: Woodbury, MN
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You would really struggle in SoFla if you were a renter, average rent is pushing many out little alone what we paid for car insurance, just for my Wife and I, two average cars, in our 40's safe driving record and excellent credit, $300/month and it went up every 6 months.
Your location says near San Diego. Are you talking about auto insurance in California or Florida? Is $300 a month for two cars and two 40 year old drivers sounds like high risk auto insurance. Thats about five times what we pay for two cars and two drivers, age 59 and 62 in Minnesota. Do people in Florida generally pay $3,000 or more for auto insurance for two cars per year? I heard that auto insurance is high in Florida, but I didn't think it's commonly that high. For the auto insurance to be that high in Minnesota, you'd probably have multiple recent accidents, DUI's, a lousy credit score, and maybe killed someone with your car.

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I'l be right behind you in a year or 2. Can't stand it here any more.
Why are you leaving Florida? Can you expand on that? Are you still in your working years? If so, a lot of jobs don't pay much in FL. I can't afford to take the serious pay cut working in IT in Florida. The overall cost of living in Florida is a lot less than Minnesota. It looks like it would work out well for people who made much higher wages in the snow belt for decades, living well below their means, saving a lot of money, and retiring in a lower cost, no state income tax state like Florida.

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Old 02-28-2017, 12:52 PM
 
Location: Nashville TN, Cincinnati, OH
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I left Florida, I loved it but I could not take the heat and humidity anymore. Florida is for a special kind of person, it a great state for some, not so much for others.
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Old 02-28-2017, 01:06 PM
 
Location: South Florida
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it a great state for some, not so much for others.
It is so odd when people get all riled up and/or defensive and take it personal when someone says they don't like Florida or any place or thing.

How does that possibly effect you? Maybe you're too into yourself and think everything's about you?
DT syndrome?

Do you fly off the handle when someone says they don't like peas and carrots?
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