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Old 12-09-2009, 05:24 PM
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Location: Asheville, NC
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My daughter is thinking about moving there to a 1200 sq ft home:

How much for utilities, heat, cable, internet and anything else you can think of for 2 ppl? Are groceries expensive? Car insurance? Thanks?
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Old 12-09-2009, 06:12 PM
 
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I'd say heat, hot water and electric will run her about $2,500.00 per year. You can get Verizon cable and internet connection for about $80.00 a month. I would say take a guess for food for a couple would run around $500.00 per month not including dining out. Toms River is a quality place I would say one of the most underrated in the state.
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Old 12-09-2009, 06:26 PM
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Thanks so much! How about the availability of entry-level jobs? Community colleges?
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Old 12-09-2009, 07:06 PM
 
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Thanks so much! How about the availability of entry-level jobs? Community colleges?
Funny you should ask that. My sister just got a job at Monmouth Community Collage. With the economy the way it is there are many people enrolling in CC's so there may be more opportunitys for employment. I know my sister filled out the application on line and then went on an interview. Check out the Ocean County CC online and see if there are any openings.
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Old 12-09-2009, 08:51 PM
 
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My daughter is thinking about moving there to a 1200 sq ft home:

How much for utilities, heat, cable, internet and anything else you can think of for 2 ppl? Are groceries expensive? Car insurance? Thanks?
-Internet: Verizon DSL $19.99/month
-Ultra Basic Cable, Comcast, no bells and whistles: ~$12.95/month
-Aldies Food Store on Rt. 37 for no frills food shopping with BJ's down the road
-I spend around $300/mo for groceries for two people (does not include pet food or going out to eat)
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Old 12-10-2009, 08:01 AM
Status: "Summer, please don't leave!" (set 8 days ago)
 
Location: Asheville, NC
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-Internet: Verizon DSL $19.99/month
-Ultra Basic Cable, Comcast, no bells and whistles: ~$12.95/month
-Aldies Food Store on Rt. 37 for no frills food shopping with BJ's down the road
-I spend around $300/mo for groceries for two people (does not include pet food or going out to eat)
Oh good, you have Aldi's! Does anyone consider it an expensive or average place to live? Just trying to find out b/c she and her boyfriend are just college students.
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Old 12-10-2009, 12:59 PM
 
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My daughter is thinking about moving there to a 1200 sq ft home:

How much for utilities, heat, cable, internet and anything else you can think of for 2 ppl? Are groceries expensive? Car insurance? Thanks?
All of that stuff is the same as anywhere. Car insurance is higher. The COL difference is all in the cost of housing and income taxes.
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Old 12-10-2009, 01:21 PM
 
Location: Sneads Ferry NC/Randolph NJ/Cape Coral FL
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By NJ standards Toms River is not super expensive like towns in Bergen or Morris counties., all though it will be higher then Florida. (I'm assuming FL from your location) It's a nice town
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Old 12-10-2009, 08:56 PM
 
Location: Toms River, NJ
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Agree with everyone. Cost of Living is average in regards to food and utilities. Unless you own a home and have to pay property taxes in which case, Welcome to NJ. Gas is cheaper than the northern part of NJ but as mentioned car insurance is expensive. Jobs are scarce. If by entry level you mean retail, they do exist. It's much harder to find office positions since there isn't a lot of big business in industry.

It is a really nice area. Good proximity to the beach, and the major metropolitan cities.

There is Ocean County Community College right in Toms River. They have a nice campus with very easy access.
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