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Old 06-12-2010, 03:58 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Hello everyone. My family is trying to move to Helena this summer sometime. My mom is there. Wow its so hard to move. I want to be in Montana very much and closer to family but of course a little overwhelmed. How do people just start over? I hate being down here in Florida. Not happy to be in a city. I am originally from Wisconsin and raised out west. Somehow ended up down here. Anyway, trying to get back. Moving is so expensive and then having to afford Stud snow tires in the winter and a block heater as well as all the other things you need. I don't have a very good car (Ford Expedition) and can't really afford a new car. This drives me crazy wanting to be out west but can't really afford this. Any suggestions?

Thank you
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Old 06-12-2010, 08:47 AM
 
Location: In The Outland
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You don't need studded tires or a block heater to get by in Montana, the problem with living here is the high cost of housing compared with the low pay rates.
Ive been driving an old 85 Toyota and my wife's car is a 91.
If you want to live in Montana bad enough you'll find a way to live here. Moving is a big hassle and it gets tougher the older you get and the more junk you acquire. Can't you get a bit of help from your mom ?
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Old 06-12-2010, 09:28 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Thank you for replying Rickers. It is a big hassle and a pain. We do have a lot of junk too. Thank you for letting me know about the car situation. I won't worry about that too much then. Unfortunately my mom and step dad can't help a whole lot. They do the best they can but work alot, as we all do. I do worry about the housing compared to what you get paid but like you said, if you really want it you can make it happen. I do so want to be up there and near family. I love Montana. I definately need some peace away from a city and the South is crazy. My 14 year old son can't wait to move to be near Grandma and Grandpa so they can go camping etc. together.
Thank you so much for replying.
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Old 06-12-2010, 12:13 PM
 
Location: Bozeman, Montana
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My advice is to sell everything you can down there in Florida. Have a big yard sale, put stuff in consignment stores, whatever you have to do. Cash it in and simplify to only what you really need to keep. It will be cheaper and easier to move and give you some extra $ to make the transition. I know sometimes people get attached to the dresser they got from mom or the lamp that was a gift or favorite books, but I think it is best to not be sentimental with things like that when you need to make a big move.

Good luck. I hope it works out for you!
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Old 06-12-2010, 01:54 PM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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Rickers is right, a block heater and studded tires are not needed.

40 years ago a person did whatever they could to make it to work. They HAD to get there. Today, with better maintenance of roads you can normally get where you need to without having to have studded tires. The block heater is a "want" anymore, not a need in todays vehicles. It's nice to go out to your car, start it up and have heat immediately. In today's vehicles that are fuel injected and computer controlled they will start. If not, you really don't want to go anywhere anyhow.
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Old 06-12-2010, 02:38 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Thank you all so much. I'm going to make it work. I'm ready to sell practically everthying. Thank you, Thank you.
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Old 06-14-2010, 10:48 AM
 
Location: Larkspur, CO
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There are a handful of days that a block heater might be handy if your vehicle is parked outside, but if you park in the garage you'll be fine.
I have a house to sell in the Helena Valley two miles north of town if you're interested too!
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Old 06-14-2010, 05:58 PM
 
Location: Florida
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Thank you mthawki. That sounds great. Unfortunately we don't have a lot of money right now. Trying to get closer to mom to get our heads on straight again. She lives up their. Thank you for the thought though.
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Old 06-15-2010, 02:01 PM
 
Location: Larkspur, CO
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You're welcome. Once you get up here, you'll love and be wondering why you didn't take the leap sooner!
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Old 06-15-2010, 02:42 PM
 
Location: Moscow
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I have also lived in Helena. There were only a few times each year when a block heater was needed. But it is really nice to have when it is needed. I generally didn't worry unless the forecast was -10 or below.

To clarify one of the comments above. A block heater is not about comfort: getting the car nice and warm for when you drive it. It is about circulating the fluids in the motor so they don't freeze solid and crack your engine block.

Your car engine can still freeze with a block heater attached. I had this happen at -65. Don't worry that was in Havre, not Helena.
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