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Old 04-18-2009, 02:21 AM
 
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In May, postal rates are going to go up enough that most items we buy are going to go up in price from $1.50 to $5.00!! That means that our already expensive $10.00 gallon of milk will now be more like $11.50!!

Postal rates are set to increase in May, but only by .02 cents in most cases. Some rates, like Priority Mail, will remain unchanged. I'm curious as to how this will have such a large effect on the price of items in your area. I would not expect items like milk to be delivered via USPS anyway (by refrigerated delivery truck seems more likely).
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Old 04-18-2009, 01:29 PM
 
Location: Central Fl
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Milk costs $1.99 a gallon here in Western NY...i know at my Florida house it is more like $3.00 a gallon or more.

I do not think postage rates will change prices very much......perhaps it may cut down on the junk mail.

Except for Christmas cards, I hardly use stamps anymore.

Frank D.
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Old 04-18-2009, 04:00 PM
 
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If we could sell our house now and just break even, we would be out of Florida before you can say Penske Rental Truck But we can't afford to lose as much as we would right now. Plus, we plan on building our new home in TN and could save quite a bit on building materials in the current economy, so even if you take a hit on one end, seems like whether building or buying, you can save a bunch on the other end.
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Old 04-18-2009, 09:46 PM
 
Location: Elkins, WV
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Postal rates are set to increase in May, but only by .02 cents in most cases. Some rates, like Priority Mail, will remain unchanged. I'm curious as to how this will have such a large effect on the price of items in your area. I would not expect items like milk to be delivered via USPS anyway (by refrigerated delivery truck seems more likely).
Actually, we have no roads to get here, everything comes by plane. We are on the Southern Coast of the Seward Peninsula in Alaska (kind of in the middle of nowhere). It all come US Mail by a method called Bypass mail. It goes directly from the shipper to the receiver, bypassing the post office. That is how most of the goods get here and are sent by either commercial plane or cargo plane. Originally, they were proposing a 40% increase in the cost, but that has been dampened to about 20%. According to the news, that means that prices on goods, like a gallon of milk, won't cost as much, but the price will still go up about 75 cents on a gallon of milk. Either way, my wages aren't increasing, and living in a place that has costs like $2000 for a tiny hole in the wall house with utilities, and a $10.00 gallon of milk, $6.00 a gallon gas and heating oil isn't sustainable. Despite the economy, or because of the economy, things aren't ever going to get cheaper here, it is only going to get worse. We could lose one job entirely, or both work part time somewhere else and still have the same amount of money at the end of the month. So we are leaving anyway. Bad economy can mean hard times, and for us, the hard times are more related to staying put!
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Old 04-21-2009, 11:21 PM
 
Location: Glendale
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Holy crap! I'd move too!!!
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Old 04-21-2009, 11:43 PM
 
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We are moving. We took a bath on our home, but the cost of living is comparable in our new location and the public education is much better so no private schools. More importantly we think the quality of life will be much better and at the end of the day - thats whats matters to us. So, we will rent instead of buying - have a much smaller and less fancy home - but spend more time together and "live" more.

Anyone looking to move, count the costs - for us everyone assumes the cost of living is so much less in our new location - I dont think it will be - its northern and pretty harsh winters so more for clothing and heating; we lose private school tuition, but gain state taxes and pretty expensive aftercare costs - and housing remains to be seen. Nevertheless, we are thrilled with our new adventure and excited to embrace a new home!
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Old 04-24-2009, 06:41 PM
 
Location: Central Fl
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Where to?
Perhaps the local forums can help there....

Frank D.
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