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Old 07-31-2008, 04:11 PM
 
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My husband and I live in NY w/ our 3 children. I am a stay at home mom, and my husband does ac making $30+ an hr. We struggle here in NY and were thinking of moving to Cape Cape. My best friend moved there 2yrs ago and we have been there to visit. Just wondering if you think we would be better off finically in FL or should we just stick it out here in NY?
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Old 07-31-2008, 05:06 PM
 
Location: O-Town
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A/c Repair is year round in florida but 30 per hr no way not in florida maybe 15 or 20 if your lucky.

Look around I don`t know your situation you might be better here.
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Old 07-31-2008, 09:34 PM
 
Location: North Central Florida
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Based on the info given, and what I know...It's a toss up. When I made a brief trip into NY state a couple years ago, I was astounded at the cost of living. They make you pay to use a public toilet in that state. EVERYTHING has a pricetag on it. That being said, it's not exactly cheap here in SW Florida either. But you cant make the kinda $$ you can in NY. Even A/C repairmen are finding it hard to make a buck here now. People have trouble making their house payments, they dont worry about fixing the A/C. There's currently 7.5% unemployment rate in Lee County. Think carefully before moving here without a job lined up. Florida panhandle, around Tallahassee-Pensacola is doing better, I hear. Might check around that area.
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Old 08-01-2008, 06:43 AM
 
Location: Central Fl
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Based on the info given, and what I know...It's a toss up. When I made a brief trip into NY state a couple years ago, I was astounded at the cost of living. They make you pay to use a public toilet in that state. EVERYTHING has a pricetag on it. That being said, it's not exactly cheap here in SW Florida either. But you cant make the kinda $$ you can in NY. Even A/C repairmen are finding it hard to make a buck here now. People have trouble making their house payments, they dont worry about fixing the A/C. There's currently 7.5% unemployment rate in Lee County. Think carefully before moving here without a job lined up. Florida panhandle, around Tallahassee-Pensacola is doing better, I hear. Might check around that area.
One must understand that just as Florida has different regions that are far different from each other, ie; Panhandle vs. the keys, NY is the same way.

You cannot say anything about NY as a whole. I'm in WESTERN NY, between Buffalo and Rochester. We are rural....we have more cows then people. We are HUNDREDS of miles from NY City. I've NEVER seen a pay toilet in my life. Many of us here would like to see NYC become it's own state, but that is another subject, already debated in the New York forum.

Frank D.
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Old 08-01-2008, 07:20 AM
 
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I would only suggest you move to Florida if your husband could secure a job first and with a pay that would give you the same standard of living that you enjoy in N.Y. Making $30 an hour will be close to impossible in Florida.
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Old 08-01-2008, 07:54 AM
 
Location: Sunny Florida
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I can understand that you would want to get away from the high cost of living in NY, but I'm not sure it would be much better for you in FL because $30.00/hour jobs for AC repair is not the norm.

I'd suggest sending out feelers for jobs in the states between NY and FL to get an idea of what pay and job availability would be in those states. Then I'd research COL costs in those states. After a bit of research you should be able to determine which locale would give you the most bang for the buck.

(You might find Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia, or Georgia would work better for you.) Best wishes!
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Old 08-01-2008, 08:54 AM
 
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thanks for all your advice, what ive been questioning my husband about is moving the answer or will we struggle where ever we go..
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Old 08-01-2008, 10:08 AM
 
Location: where my heart is
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Default NW Pa.

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I can understand that you would want to get away from the high cost of living in NY, but I'm not sure it would be much better for you in FL because $30.00/hour jobs for AC repair is not the norm.

I'd suggest sending out feelers for jobs in the states between NY and FL to get an idea of what pay and job availability would be in those states. Then I'd research COL costs in those states. After a bit of research you should be able to determine which locale would give you the most bang for the buck.

(You might find Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia, or Georgia would work better for you.) Best wishes!
If weather isn't a factor, I've know a number of people, retired and not, who have moved there. It's an up and coming area. I know a lot of tech jobs are relocating there from the NY area. Supposedly, the cost of living is still very cheap also.
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Old 08-01-2008, 12:36 PM
 
Location: Tunkhannock
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I would say STAY IN NY!!! Florida may be a bit cheaper for housing but the jobs down there pay a heck of a lot less than in NY and the surrounding areas.
You should look into Pennsylvania. The taxes are cheaper and the housing prices are affordable. You will not be too far from your family and friends either.. just a thought!
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Old 08-01-2008, 02:42 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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My husband and I are relocating from Baltimore to Ft Myers, he secured a job first.

Try this website out, it may not be 100% but it would give you a general idea of your finances you'll need to make. We used it and it helped.

Salary.com's Cost of Living Wizard Tool
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