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Old 01-03-2013, 09:23 PM
 
Location: Sacramento, CA/Dover-Foxcroft, ME
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007, do you go to Tahoe at all?

I lived in the SF Bay Area for 20 something years and while there were many things I bitched about, Tahoe wasn't one of them.

So friggin' beautiful up there. It's one of those places that takes your breath away the first time you see it.
Yes, I go to Tahoe quite often. It's 99 miles or 99 minutes from my door. I have a cousin that owns a condo on Ski Run Blvd in south shore. He gave me a key. I used to ski a lot. Now I don't. I can get to fisherman's wharf in San Fran in 99 miles or 99 minutes too.

I deliver and work in Silicon Valley several times a week and also the north bay, east bay and central valley.

As far as Maine being an expensive state? It sure costs me a lot to visit all that way these days. It's 3215 miles from here. Planes, trains or cages take their toll on my wallet.
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Old 01-15-2013, 11:19 AM
 
Location: Lubec, ME
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Maine has lower food costs than my native area of NY. Weirds me out, honestly.

Maine isn't that expensive; utilities are more and that's about it.


What it comes down to is jobs and wages. That's why it is "so expensive".
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Old 01-18-2013, 07:45 AM
 
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Maine has lower food costs than my native area of NY. Weirds me out, honestly.

Maine isn't that expensive; utilities are more and that's about it.


What it comes down to is jobs and wages. That's why it is "so expensive".
I think you're right about jobs and wages. If a person is trying to live on $10 an hour, everything seems more expensive....especially if their fuel oil bill alone is $300 or $400 a month year round on the budget plan....time to get a wood stove or a pellet stove and use fuel oil as a back up. Maine has never been the land of big salaries--for most anyway.
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Old 01-18-2013, 07:51 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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I think you're right about jobs and wages. If a person is trying to live on $10 an hour, everything seems more expensive....especially if their fuel oil bill alone is $300 or $400 a month year round on the budget plan....time to get a wood stove or a pellet stove and use fuel oil as a back up. Maine has never been the land of big salaries--for most anyway.
$400/month for heating fuel would be horrible. If anyone was paying that much for heat, I could see where it would be an expensive place to live.
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Old 01-20-2013, 12:46 AM
 
Location: Albany, NY
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I've been here for 2 years; I lived in NH for 40 years. It's only 2 hours away (to where I lived), but this is a whole new situation for me. The hardest thing for me to adjust to is coming from a state that had no sales tax and no bottle fee, to Maine.

Maine not only charges you tax on anything, they charge you a deposit fee PER bottle for beverage. For instance, if you buy a case of coke, you have to pay a nickel extra PER bottle. You have to return the bottles in order to get your money back. It's just a big bother to me.

I wish Dairy Queen and Dunkin' Donuts would deliver to me (especially late at night), but that's my common complaint everywhere I go :-)

Anyone from Biddeford?
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Old 01-20-2013, 06:57 AM
 
Location: Portland, ME
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$400/month for heating fuel would be horrible. If anyone was paying that much for heat, I could see where it would be an expensive place to live.
I'm paying that for a relatively small first floor apartment in Brunswick. $3.80 a gallon causes the total to rise quickly in our old and poorly insulated Maine buildings.

We've probably used 275 gallons so far this winter and I keep the heat at 60.
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Old 01-20-2013, 07:18 AM
 
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I've been here for 2 years; I lived in NH for 40 years. It's only 2 hours away (to where I lived), but this is a whole new situation for me. The hardest thing for me to adjust to is coming from a state that had no sales tax and no bottle fee, to Maine.

Maine not only charges you tax on anything, they charge you a deposit fee PER bottle for beverage. For instance, if you buy a case of coke, you have to pay a nickel extra PER bottle. You have to return the bottles in order to get your money back. It's just a big bother to me.

I wish Dairy Queen and Dunkin' Donuts would deliver to me (especially late at night), but that's my common complaint everywhere I go :-)

Anyone from Biddeford?
30-35 years ago, I use to frequent biddeford dairy queen- 75 cents for a peanut buster parfait....
we also went to a movie theater near "five points" intersection
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Old 01-20-2013, 11:18 AM
 
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I've been here for 2 years; I lived in NH for 40 years. It's only 2 hours away (to where I lived), but this is a whole new situation for me. The hardest thing for me to adjust to is coming from a state that had no sales tax and no bottle fee, to Maine.

Maine not only charges you tax on anything, they charge you a deposit fee PER bottle for beverage. For instance, if you buy a case of coke, you have to pay a nickel extra PER bottle. You have to return the bottles in order to get your money back. It's just a big bother to me.


Know what was a bother to me? The roadside litter in NH. Maine isn't perfect, but there's a noticeable difference...Next time you visit NH, look closely at the sides of the road, especially after the snow melts. It's disgusting.
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Old 01-20-2013, 11:30 AM
 
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I've been here for 2 years; I lived in NH for 40 years. It's only 2 hours away (to where I lived), but this is a whole new situation for me. The hardest thing for me to adjust to is coming from a state that had no sales tax and no bottle fee, to Maine.

Maine not only charges you tax on anything, they charge you a deposit fee PER bottle for beverage. For instance, if you buy a case of coke, you have to pay a nickel extra PER bottle. You have to return the bottles in order to get your money back. It's just a big bother to me.


Know what was a bother to me? The roadside litter in NH. Maine isn't perfect, but there's a noticeable difference...Next time you visit NH, look closely at the sides of the road, especially after the snow melts. It's disgusting.
good point radio....
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Old 01-20-2013, 01:38 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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I'm paying that for a relatively small first floor apartment in Brunswick. $3.80 a gallon causes the total to rise quickly in our old and poorly insulated Maine buildings.

We've probably used 275 gallons so far this winter and I keep the heat at 60.
If your paying that much for heat, you may want to look into that.
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