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Old 11-14-2013, 09:23 AM
 
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Hmmm, I don't know.

Relocated down here in July. Everyone always says Ct is so expensive to live, but as I go through day to day life in FL I have to disagree.

My car insurance jumped up $100 a month.

Food is more expensive/grocery stores are no good.

My cell phone bill went up (and they stated it was because of our new address)

Homeowners insurance is crazy....

And to top it off my taxes on the house just went up $1000 from last year.

Oh, and $400 to register each car? We have 3. Bye bye $1200.

I finally found a job with comparable pay, but hubby has not been able to get anything over $12 an hour which really is not what he is used too.

Seriously reconsidering going back.

Anyone have a different perspective for me?
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Old 11-14-2013, 09:52 AM
 
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How much research did you do before you moved? Why did you want to move? Seems like it was impetuous. Moving during your working years needs to be well thought out. Retirees stating that the col is much lower doesn't necessarily carry over to those in the work force. When I moved I downsized considerably and left most of my toys behind. Because I'm retired, I have less day to day expense and coupled with much lower property taxes, no income tax, and much cheaper services, my col is much less than NJ.
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Old 11-14-2013, 12:22 PM
 
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Moved from the western NY area , my auto insurance stayed the same , yes the cost to register the car was expensive but it's a one time fee and I knew that in advance , my homeowners insurance is more @ double, knew that too... Property taxes are 1/4 of what I paid before and my property taxes have actually decreased each year I have lived here , in NY they went up a few hundred dollars ... Food does cost more but research, coupons , BOGO sales , fresh produce markets make it same or less .. So for us it's a lower cost based mainly on property taxes and sales taxes ...
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Old 11-14-2013, 12:25 PM
 
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And I really wonder why a cell bill would increase based on where you live ?? Metro PSC has 40.00 unlimited everything for one line, 70 for two lines, 90.00 for three lines and 100.00 for four lines ...and those all include unlimited Data, text and tax and all taxes/fee ...
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Old 11-14-2013, 12:26 PM
 
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Maybe it's a communications tax , because in NY there was zero tax on Satellite service( directv) and here there's a whopping 12.00 ish tax and communications fee .l
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Old 11-14-2013, 12:50 PM
 
Location: Venice, FL
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I agree- there are a lot of things that are more expensive here. My car insurance doubled, and the utilities are quite a bit more than NC. Your vehicles are expensive, but that is the last time you need to pay that. If and when you buy another car, the tag goes to the next vehicle. I had a $300 bill every year in NC, and I had a inspection bill to boot. Food is a little bit more- but if you shop at Walmart and use the new BOGO match you can save a ton.

There are adjustments that need to be made anywhere you live, and to consider moving because of those bills seem short sighted IMO. I just don't understand how thinking you could save money by spending money to move back would make financial sense. Good luck with whatever you decide, but are you sure you want to move back only because of money?
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Old 11-14-2013, 04:49 PM
 
Location: Venice, FL
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Also- what is the state income tax like in CT? There is none here.
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Old 11-14-2013, 04:57 PM
 
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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I finally found a job with comparable pay, but hubby has not been able to get anything over $12 an hour which really is not what he is used too.

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The first thing anyone will tell you while you are even thinking about moving down here is don't move to Florida without having jobs lined up first unless you don't have to work.

No amount of nice weather and sunshine makes up for being broke and blowing through all your savings.
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Old 11-14-2013, 05:03 PM
 
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The taxes on my townhouse (Putnam County, NY) are almost $9000.00. State and local income taxes are 11%. Can't wait for my transfer/opportunity to open up! Nothing will please us more than to see NY in my rear view mirror. By the way.....temp was 19* the other morning and we had snow!
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Old 11-14-2013, 05:07 PM
 
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The first thing anyone will tell you while you are even thinking about moving down here is don't move to Florida without having jobs lined up first unless you don't have to work.

No amount of nice weather and sunshine makes up for being broke and blowing through all your savings.
I agree - no transfer...no move! For me, the nice thing is I'll be able to take my current package with me.
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