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Old 07-23-2013, 12:24 AM
 
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Most websites lump cost of living comparisons into groups: groceries, housing, etc. A few break it down by "dozen eggs," "cup of coffee"... but I find that the ones they compare are either too vague or don't vary all that much city to city except for major understandable exceptions (produce in winter in CA vs everywhere else, for example).

So let's compare the things we might use on a more regular basis, if you know them. State your city/area, and the going rate in your area. Add on any services you think might be useful/indicative.

Rent: 1 BR apt in a safe-ish area
Plumber: trip out to unclog a drain
Tutor: 1 hr from a professional (i.e. service, not random student)
Babysitter: per hour from a non-highschool student
Dinner for 2 at a reasonably nice non-chain restaurant:
Drinks for 2 at a nice-ish bar:
Vet bill for standard visit:
Unusual costs to expect for your city:
Anything you think is unusually inexpensive?
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Old 07-23-2013, 12:27 AM
 
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I'll start:

I'm in Los Angeles area.
Rent: 1 BR apt in a safe-ish area - $1000-$1200
Plumber: trip out to unclog a drain - $150
Tutor: 1 hr from a professional (i.e. service, not random student) - $100
Babysitter: per hour from a non-highschool student - $12-15
Dinner for 2 at a reasonably nice non-chain restaurant: $60 not including (or including very little) alcohol
Drinks for 2 at a nice-ish bar: $6-7 for beer, $8+ for wine/cocktails
Vet bill for standard visit: $125
Unusual costs to expect for your city: air conditioning all year round; apparently other cities don't pay sewer or garbage (or so my mother in law tells us), so I guess that's unusual
Anything you think is unusually inexpensive? Produce, especially organic/farmer's market - often cheaper than the grocery, and better quality
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Old 07-23-2013, 09:23 PM
 
Location: Miami-Jax
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Jacksonville, FL

Rent: 1 BR apt in a safe-ish area $700
Plumber: trip out to unclog a drain $40 (I know a guy...no idea what it should normally be)
Tutor: 1 hr from a professional (i.e. service, not random student) Man, sorry I just don't know
Babysitter: per hour from a non-highschool student Don't know
Dinner for 2 at a reasonably nice non-chain restaurant: $50
Drinks for 2 at a nice-ish bar: $16
Vet bill for standard visit: No Idea
Unusual costs to expect for your city: Not really
Anything you think is unusually inexpensive? Not really

Sorry I'm not helpful lol.
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