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Old 05-17-2009, 08:12 AM
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I posted this in Atlanta too, but I think I would really like more neutral opinions. I've been struggling with leaving Georgia for a while now because it just does not feel like a good fit for me and my kids at all. I've explored Tampa, Houston, VA Beach, and various areas in my home state of CA. Now that my oldest is about to start high school, I feel a lot of pressure to make this decision within the next 4 months.

One thing that's holding it all up is the house. Since I'm a single parent, I can't afford to just happily break even or take a loss on it - it would just make more financial sense to stay in it.

But we really, really don't enjoy Atlanta. It has great spots, and I sort of get why other people like it, but it's sooooo not us. We need water, we more to do, we need to see and feel more than 3 cultures.

So, after all that, my question is: do people really follow that often heard advice in the CA forum of staying in a cheap part of the country and vacationing often in CA, FL, and nearby "exotic" locations? Or does it turn into the scenario where you say you'll do it, try it for a few months, then go back to your old ways? Doesn't it work out the same financially as living in the more expensive place? Is it crazy to ask kids to travel that much?

Thanks in advance for your thoughts. I really don't know which way to go.
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Old 05-17-2009, 08:54 AM
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I lived in Los Angeles and if you want to work more than one job just to keep an apartment go ahead. I had enough of that. I wouldn't use the word cheap because it means like it isn't as good as the more expensive areas. I would rather live in a place where I only have to have one job and am in a nice place. But then expensive is all relative. Some people want to live in the more expensive states like California while others don't.
You however have a bigger reason to be careful where you move to as you have kids and are a single parent. Do your research and if possible go check out the area. With this economy right now a lot more states are getting expensive and jobs are harder to find but it can be done.
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