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Old 05-14-2015, 04:51 PM
 
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Houston
Dallas
Charlotte
Austin
Seattle
Austin... Seattle... Really??? The OP wants to reduce cost of living.

To be honest though, a $41k job in a lower COL area is going to pay $35-38k. This might still lead to a better quality of life, but its still going to be difficult.

Whats your line of work, see what it pays in Phoenix and TX.

Not to be a jerk, but I would cut the smoking habit too, instant raise!
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Old 05-14-2015, 05:27 PM
 
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Austin... Seattle... Really??? The OP wants to reduce cost of living.

To be honest though, a $41k job in a lower COL area is going to pay $35-38k. This might still lead to a better quality of life, but its still going to be difficult.

Whats your line of work, see what it pays in Phoenix and TX.

Not to be a jerk, but I would cut the smoking habit too, instant raise!
I'm an X-ray technician but it's hard for me to get high wage hospital positions because of certain "blemishes" on my record so I have to take lower pay doctors office jobs
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Old 05-14-2015, 06:08 PM
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I'm an X-ray technician but it's hard for me to get high wage hospital positions because of certain "blemishes" on my record so I have to take lower pay doctors office jobs
Not a good thing if you are trying to provide for your family.
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Old 05-14-2015, 06:28 PM
 
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Not a good thing if you are trying to provide for your family.
Well that's life. I got in trouble in Florida when I was 16 which was over 15 years ago and got charged as an adult and I cannot afford a lawyer to get it expunged
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Old 05-25-2015, 04:00 PM
 
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I would consider the mid west.
Omaha
Kansas City
Sioux Falls

Lower unemployment rates,COL,family oriented.
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Old 05-25-2015, 07:14 PM
 
Location: Logan Square, Chicago, IL
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You might really enjoy Pittsburgh, Boston, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, or Chicago (where I'm from!). These cities all offer really great opportunities for laborers and lower middle class folks. Chicgao is especially a great choice because of the walkability and effortless public transit. I haven't owned a car in years and I don't need to!
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Old 05-25-2015, 07:29 PM
 
Location: DC
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Quit smoking, it is good for you, and good for your kids. It will also save you a considerable amount of money.

Likewise, whoever recommended Seattle was out of their minds, it is a high COL city. Same goes for Boston which is almost always tied with DC for the number 3 spot in terms of high COL. Austin is getting up there too. So in terms of those three recommendations, think...on your income...no. Likewise strike out DC, I will be blunt, for DC you are low income, and I am not going to dance around that fact.

With that being said, most of the lower cost of living places are towards the center of the country, or in the southeast. Indianapolis, Milwaukee, anywhere in Florida, Omaha, Iowa City, etc. Omaha might be the best recommendation, very low unemployment, and low COL. So you will likely hit your sweet spot there.
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Old 05-25-2015, 07:44 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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Pittsburgh
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Old 05-26-2015, 08:54 AM
 
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$20-25 an hour is low wage? Most people would consider $10-15 to fit that definition.
Yeah, I'd kill to get $20-25 an hour. I'm pulling 10.50 right now with no real prospects of anything better than a 25 cent raise annually.
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Old 05-26-2015, 09:07 AM
 
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Atlanta hands down
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