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Old 02-20-2011, 06:50 AM
 
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I have seen some decent homes in Kissimmee and Poinciana for 900-1200 (so, you could save a good amount there).
TERRIBLE SCHOOLS. Run like hell from ANYONE suggesting you live in those areas, you will be doing your children a great disservice sending them there.
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Old 02-20-2011, 07:35 AM
 
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As a reminder.. Stay on topic..

We are here to help each other and if you have nothing helpful to post then move along. Comments unrelated to the topic will be deleted and infractions will be issued. Making rude comments will not be tolerated,

Our opinions on a location or issue are just that, opinions. Highly subjective. Personal preferences. Quirks, even. Leave wiggle room for dialogue, others may not see things the same as you, or been there as long as you, and any one of us can be wrong. Pouncing on someone you disagree with runs contrary to the spirit of this board and its members. We are here to help each other.
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Old 02-20-2011, 07:42 AM
 
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Thanks, moderator. I was becoming a bit horrified at the judgmental tone.
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Old 02-20-2011, 09:21 AM
 
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TERRIBLE SCHOOLS. Run like hell from ANYONE suggesting you live in those areas, you will be doing your children a great disservice sending them there.

they homeschool their kids, so schools arent an issue
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Old 02-22-2011, 01:58 PM
 
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Wow. Viewing the posts in this thread has been eye opening. I would like to throw something out about my situation. Perhaps you all could assist me with being a bit more realistic about my move to Central FL from Chicago. I'm 37. I graduate w/ my BS in June 2011. I would like to relocate sometime between Jan and June of 2012. I currently work for a major medical facility here and make about 32k/annually. My saving grace is I have housing assistance that I can take with me when I go (section 8). I have applied for jobs with the new medical facility that will be opening up in 2012 there in the Lake Nona area. I have a 4 years old that currently attends private school (public school in Chicago is crappy). I have the 6 month salary saved up so, as long as my child isn't attending a ridiculously priced day care or private school I think we'll be fine.
How does this budget look:
1350 (total. my current portion is 550) -rent
150-electricity
150-cooking heating gas (I know I may have to move more to the electricity budget as I probably won't need much heating gas)
???-water (renters in chicago don't pay water bills so I am clueless)
135-car insurance
150-private school tuition
150-cell phones
300-groceries
One of the main reasons that I am moving to the central florida area is to save on family vacations, so I am prepared to pay 1500/annually for disney or Universal premium passes at income tax time... Which is a great price for me and my family because I spent 2500 on a ONE WEEK vacation (resort stay, food, 7 day/2 park passes (universal), spending money, airfare, rental car) last year.
I'll also be attending grad school in Tampa one night a week.
With the exception of the entertainment, this is pretty much my budget in Chicago. The question is, Is this budget doable in the Orange & Seminole County areas???
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Old 02-22-2011, 02:18 PM
 
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300 a month for groceries? What do you eat, pbj and cereal for dinner? You either don't eat much or clip lots of coupons. Do tell your strategy...
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Old 02-22-2011, 02:30 PM
 
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300 a month for groceries? What do you eat, pbj and cereal for dinner? You either don't eat much or clip lots of coupons. Do tell your strategy...
Shop at ALDI.... But like I said, that's here in Chicago... But when I move it'll only be me and a 4 years old. I had gastric bypass back in 05 and well let's face it, she not eating three course meals. Although I do have a 250lbs 18 yrs old son... You're right. I might need to add to that grocery budget....
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Old 02-23-2011, 12:12 PM
 
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Also, WALMART does price matching, so just gather up all the sale papers from your favorite grocers and turn WALMART into your onestop shop.... Sometimes their prices are even cheaper.
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Old 02-24-2011, 08:27 AM
 
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Fire/Rescue Jobs (http://www.fireacademy.org/jobs.htm - broken link)

These folks are a good source of EMS jobs in the central Florida area.
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Old 02-25-2011, 07:46 AM
 
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Wow. Viewing the posts in this thread has been eye opening. I would like to throw something out about my situation. Perhaps you all could assist me with being a bit more realistic about my move to Central FL from Chicago. I'm 37. I graduate w/ my BS in June 2011. I would like to relocate sometime between Jan and June of 2012. I currently work for a major medical facility here and make about 32k/annually. My saving grace is I have housing assistance that I can take with me when I go (section 8). I have applied for jobs with the new medical facility that will be opening up in 2012 there in the Lake Nona area. I have a 4 years old that currently attends private school (public school in Chicago is crappy). I have the 6 month salary saved up so, as long as my child isn't attending a ridiculously priced day care or private school I think we'll be fine.
How does this budget look:
1350 (total. my current portion is 550) -rent
150-electricity
150-cooking heating gas (I know I may have to move more to the electricity budget as I probably won't need much heating gas)
???-water (renters in chicago don't pay water bills so I am clueless)
135-car insurance
150-private school tuition
150-cell phones
300-groceries
One of the main reasons that I am moving to the central florida area is to save on family vacations, so I am prepared to pay 1500/annually for disney or Universal premium passes at income tax time... Which is a great price for me and my family because I spent 2500 on a ONE WEEK vacation (resort stay, food, 7 day/2 park passes (universal), spending money, airfare, rental car) last year.
I'll also be attending grad school in Tampa one night a week.
With the exception of the entertainment, this is pretty much my budget in Chicago. The question is, Is this budget doable in the Orange & Seminole County areas???
You might be able to bring the Section 8 voucher with you, but finding a place that will accept it in even a reasonably decent neighborhood that doesn't have a five year wait list will be a different story.

Living here and vacationing here are very different, and if your sole motivation is to save on vacations, stay where you are. Keep in mind that your welfare for the working (EIC) isn't going to be around forever, so never count on that. And Seminole County to Tampa? Uh, you got a couple hours to spend driving each way?
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