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Old 04-07-2009, 07:44 PM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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Woof mentioned the retirement forum for some insight. There's also the rural and small town living forum for additional insight.

You could get some names from these forums to further research.
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Old 04-08-2009, 05:25 PM
 
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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I live in Las Vegas and I consider this to be a very cheap place to live. And if you're not a gambler in town it's no more exciting than Lubbock, Texas.

When I compare my property taxes with my friend in Austin, TX, they're 75% less than what she pays. Being close to CA there's always great bargains on fruit. A good part of the year you don't need a heater or air-conditioner on.
The hotness of Las Vegas is overstated. At 100 degrees in June with humidity levels as low as 3-5% (yes, I've seen the humidity levels fall as low as 3% here) you really don't need an air-conditioner on. Our dog days of summer are late July and August when the humidity levels can climb as high as 40% and then, it's imperative for air-conditioning. And we have some cold January days when you might need some heat.

There's lots of bike paths in Henderson/Summerlin but not so many in central Las Vegas where I live. And cheap local theatre, University of Nevada Philharmonic concerts, even free concerts, at times. And lots of nature outside Las Vegas and mountain climbing. Vegas is not for everyone, but it's a cheap place to live.
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Old 04-09-2009, 11:04 AM
 
Location: Up in the air
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Well, the cost of living is pretty high (rent/utilities) but for frugality in other aspects I'd say my town is pretty good I live in Los Osos, CA and my house borders the elfin forest which is a large preserve full of pygmy oak trees. I can see Morro Rock and the bay from about 50 ft away from my front door and there are miles and miles and miles of hiking/dog walking/horseback riding etc. trails surrounding the coast. We also have a farmers market in nearly every town in my county which sells inexpensive locally grown produce. These are once a week or so, the most 'famous' one being the Farmers market in San Luis Obispo, which is a 15 minute drive from Los Osos.

Gotta love my beach town

Unfortunately, a studio apartment is usually around $700 and I've even seen people renting out 5th wheel trailers on property for upwards of $1000 a month. A three bedroom 2 bath would probably cost about $1500 a month with no utilities, and depending on the community, basic utilities can cost about $300 a month. There is no need for a/c or heating (except for a small fireplace), which is nice.
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Old 04-09-2009, 09:36 PM
 
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Well, the cost of living is pretty high (rent/utilities) but for frugality in other aspects I'd say my town is pretty good I live in Los Osos, CA and my house borders the elfin forest which is a large preserve full of pygmy oak trees. I can see Morro Rock and the bay from about 50 ft away from my front door and there are miles and miles and miles of hiking/dog walking/horseback riding etc. trails surrounding the coast. We also have a farmers market in nearly every town in my county which sells inexpensive locally grown produce. These are once a week or so, the most 'famous' one being the Farmers market in San Luis Obispo, which is a 15 minute drive from Los Osos.

Gotta love my beach town

Unfortunately, a studio apartment is usually around $700 and I've even seen people renting out 5th wheel trailers on property for upwards of $1000 a month. A three bedroom 2 bath would probably cost about $1500 a month with no utilities, and depending on the community, basic utilities can cost about $300 a month. There is no need for a/c or heating (except for a small fireplace), which is nice.
Those rents are not much more expensive than the larger cities in alabama. That doesn't sound too bad.
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