U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Economics > Frugal Living
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 11-01-2009, 10:13 AM
 
190 posts, read 605,763 times
Reputation: 139

Advertisements

I've always seen living frugally as a personal thing, not based it on location. You can choose to live a frugal lifestyle in any area.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 11-01-2009, 10:24 AM
 
Location: SW Missouri
15,527 posts, read 29,246,638 times
Reputation: 21264
Quote:
Originally Posted by Texas User View Post
Is it the Mid-west in the USA?
I would say the South because you do not have the heating expenses that you do in the midwest. You have a longer growing season for a garden and if you live by the coast, seafood expenses will be low.

The main issue is that you have to live rurally to really keep the cost of living down. You cannot live frugally in a big city, anywhere.

20yrsinBranson
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-01-2009, 10:46 AM
 
12,671 posts, read 20,496,910 times
Reputation: 2618
Quote:
Originally Posted by 20yrsinBranson View Post
I would say the South because you do not have the heating expenses that you do in the midwest. You have a longer growing season for a garden and if you live by the coast, seafood expenses will be low.

The main issue is that you have to live rurally to really keep the cost of living down. You cannot live frugally in a big city, anywhere.

20yrsinBranson

Houston is a low cost of living city.
Living away from the city means longer commute to work.
We have to have A/C throughout the year.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-01-2009, 10:52 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas
13,436 posts, read 24,216,791 times
Reputation: 24749
One of the reasons I live in Las Vegas is because it's cheap. Low taxes, always something to do, cheap entertainment, housing is cheap, and food is very reasonable. I like that it's a small compact city but very diverse and ethnic. Big enough yet nothing is ever too far away.

You can be frugal and still go out for prime rib. The low price leader is Gold Spike right now, $4.99 for a 12oz portion.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-01-2009, 11:31 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
29,730 posts, read 47,507,271 times
Reputation: 17577
Quote:
Originally Posted by Alter View Post
I've always seen living frugally as a personal thing, not based it on location. You can choose to live a frugal lifestyle in any area.
To some degree I would agree with you.

However; consider this.

I have been in locations where local families were supporting themselves [including extended family] and 10 children on $100/year or less.

And then my SIL lives in the DC beltway; where few homes are less than $300k. A person would find it very difficult to support a family of 10 on less than $20k/year.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-01-2009, 11:54 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
29,730 posts, read 47,507,271 times
Reputation: 17577
Quote:
Originally Posted by 20yrsinBranson View Post
I would say the South because you do not have the heating expenses that you do in the midwest
Heating expenses are more related to home design and insulation; more so then Latitude.

We see homes here in our town that will consume over $1,000 of heating fuel each month through the winter. But then other homes [like ours] that will go through $300 the entire heating season.

'Heating' is much more about home design than it is about how cold it gets outside.



Quote:
... You have a longer growing season for a garden
So long as a family can grow most of their own food, the growing season is fine



Quote:
... and if you live by the coast, seafood expenses will be low.
True.



Quote:
... The main issue is that you have to live rurally to really keep the cost of living down. You cannot live frugally in a big city, anywhere.

20yrsinBranson
I agree.

Rural is cheap.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-01-2009, 03:14 PM
 
12,671 posts, read 20,496,910 times
Reputation: 2618
Quote:
Originally Posted by yellowsnow View Post
One of the reasons I live in Las Vegas is because it's cheap. Low taxes, always something to do, cheap entertainment, housing is cheap, and food is very reasonable. I like that it's a small compact city but very diverse and ethnic. Big enough yet nothing is ever too far away.

You can be frugal and still go out for prime rib. The low price leader is Gold Spike right now, $4.99 for a 12oz portion.
Housing bust and high unemploymen rate.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-01-2009, 03:23 PM
 
392 posts, read 1,682,052 times
Reputation: 278
So the definition of a frugal lifestyle is based solely on the cost of your house?
My house is very nearly paid off. I could pay it off if I chose to so house cost isn't a factor.
I don't have or need a/c, I rarely run heat but could easily get by never using it. We have an old house with no insulation. Also with such a mild climate our clothing needs are very minimal.
Our growing season is year round. If I got more ambitious about it I could grow all the produce I need. As it is I can still walk into my yard at any time and "pick" something to eat.
I can walk to everything I "need." I could easily take a bus to anything I wanted to go to that is further than walking distance. We keep a car but it is so rarely used (once a month, tops) that I often consider letting it go. We walk to work.
We can see movies, concerts and the like for free put on by the city. Again, we don't even need to drive for this sort of thing.
I enjoy travel and do so quite frugally since being near a major airport low cost flights are easy to get. I couldn't drive far for as cheap as I fly.
A rural life is not the most frugal lifestyle for some of us. It would cost me more.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-01-2009, 05:11 PM
 
12,671 posts, read 20,496,910 times
Reputation: 2618
The place with the Highest salary and the Lowest cost of living is the way best way to be Frugal. Get the best bang for your buck.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 11-03-2009, 10:57 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas
13,436 posts, read 24,216,791 times
Reputation: 24749
Quote:
Originally Posted by Texas User View Post
Housing bust and high unemploymen rate.
Both true but it's easy to live frugally here and still have access to a lot of activities. And the weather is great.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > General Forums > Economics > Frugal Living
Similar Threads
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2018, Advameg, Inc.

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top