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Old 11-17-2007, 10:36 AM
 
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I went to school in Pittsburgh many ! years ago, and didn't like it a bit- the worst of all worlds where and when I was.
Now, I think it's a pretty good place. Affordable living, not too much quiched-up yupscum stuff, ethnic food and culture, and there was always an excellent arts and music scene. Not a pretentious area. A Midwestern feel.
I'm not looking for city life in my future, but I wouldn't rule out that area if I wanted a city environment.
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Old 11-17-2007, 10:51 PM
 
Location: Unfortunately, SoCal.
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Is there any place in WA that is cheaper to live than another?
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Old 11-18-2007, 12:25 AM
 
Location: IN
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Is there any place in WA that is cheaper to live than another?
The Tri-Cities and Spokane area are more affordable in terms of real estate compared with most areas of the Seattle metro. The real estate market in Seattle has been doing better than most areas of the U.S. right now.
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Old 11-18-2007, 08:44 AM
 
Location: Wherabouts Unknown!
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Has anyone had dental work performed in Costa Rica? I need to have 4 crowns installed. Here in Colorado, even with dental insurance, my out of pocket expense would be $2800. OUCH! I did some preliminary reserarch on Costa Rican dentists, and noticed that the cost is about 60% LESS! I like that. According to my research it appears that I could get my teeth fixed AND take a vacation in Costa Rica for about the same price. I'm kind of reluctant to pick a dentist cold turkey, without a referral, so I'm hoping someone on the forum has already done this, and has a good dentist to recommend.

blessings.....Franco
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Old 11-18-2007, 01:15 PM
 
Location: Earth Wanderer, longing for the stars.
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Has anyone had dental work performed in Costa Rica? I need to have 4 crowns installed. Here in Colorado, even with dental insurance, my out of pocket expense would be $2800. OUCH! I did some preliminary reserarch on Costa Rican dentists, and noticed that the cost is about 60% LESS! I like that. According to my research it appears that I could get my teeth fixed AND take a vacation in Costa Rica for about the same price. I'm kind of reluctant to pick a dentist cold turkey, without a referral, so I'm hoping someone on the forum has already done this, and has a good dentist to recommend.

blessings.....Franco
Can you get to your state dental school?
I went to mine, and had excellent work done, but it took a long time. Count on losing a day for each appointment. It cost about a quarter or less of what my local guys would charge.

When I went to school one of my profs had gone for some state of the art work and he highly recommended it. At the schools they are taught the correct way to do work, not the short cuts that people in private practice often use, and they are suprivised and graded on their work. The xray machines also usually transmit fewer rads, as they are newer machines.

The one in Colorado is:
School of Dental Medicine, University of Colorado Denver, Anschutz Medical Campus
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Old 11-18-2007, 04:04 PM
 
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Value towns-getting a good buy for your money. Now I'm not sure about the prices in all those places. I kind of thought Colorado Springs and Gainsville might be higher than average. It is an interesting list though. Most of those places would be afforable.

I wish they had included some places farther west as that's where I'm looking at. Oh well I've probably already looked at most of the possibilities.
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Old 11-25-2007, 04:15 AM
 
Location: UK
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I recently watched a BBC documentary on Cuba. Their health care system was rated first class and the locals that were interviewed appeared to genuinely care for their fellow Cuban. If I didn't have family in the USA and had a love for the sun and the sea, I would consider retiring in Cuba.
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Old 11-25-2007, 06:58 PM
 
Location: Home is where the heart is
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Cuba???? Maybe I'm just a victim of the media, but I would be afraid to go there until Fidel dies and the dust from all that settles. I have a feeling it might be a scary place in the next few years.
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Old 11-26-2007, 10:48 AM
 
Location: So. Dak.
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Cuba???? Maybe I'm just a victim of the media, but I would be afraid to go there until Fidel dies and the dust from all that settles. I have a feeling it might be a scary place in the next few years.
That's what I was thinking, too. I may also be misinformed, but so many Cubans want out of there that I'd be very cautious.
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Old 11-26-2007, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Connecticut
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If you are looking for "value" towns in the west, the list does get smaller. Real estate is pretty pricey. But relatively speaking, my research shows that if you must live in the west the relative bargains (but outstanding places) are in Eureka, California; Fort Collins and Colorado Springs in Colorado; Missoula, Montana; Las Cruces, New Mexico; Ogden, Utah; Bellingham, Walla Walla, and Port Townsend in Washington. Texas has a number of towns that aren't so expensive (many of them are so-called "certified retirement communities"). My site, topretirements.com, has reviews of these towns if you are interested.
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