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Old 10-17-2005, 09:04 AM   #21
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All we pay extra is the phone. (This is my point from a previous post. It is cheaper to rent right now than buy)


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Generalizing. It's only cheaper to rent in some areas, not in others.
It's always that way IMHO.

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Re: How much does it cost ya?
Old 10-17-2005, 09:07 AM   #22
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Generalizing.* It's only cheaper to rent in some areas, not in others.
It's always that way IMHO.

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You've got that right... here in the Boston area rents are just out of sight. Even 40 miles outside of town they are crazy. My sister has a studio with a small bedroom, it's over a garage, she pays $1300 a month, it includes heat but that's it AND it's no palace.
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Old 10-17-2005, 03:37 PM   #23
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A gallon of regular gas = $2.65
A 2 litre bottle of Coca Cola = $.99
High speed internet service = $50/mo (cable modem)
6 pack of Bud = $4
Dry clean a pair of pants (even if it once a year) = ??
An oil change for you car = $10 (materials only; do it yourself)
Bus or subway fare (even if you do not use it) = $1

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Old 10-17-2005, 05:49 PM   #24
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From fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada:

A gallon of regular gas. -- currently around $2.70, depending on station
A 2 litre bottle of Coca Cola. -- sale price 99 cents; typically $1.29
High speed internet service. -- basic cable plus cable modem $103 per month
6 pack of Bud. -- no idea, don't drink beer
Dry clean a pair of pants (even if it once a year) -- $4 or so, I think
An oil change for you car. -- $20
Bus or subway fare (even if you do not use it) -- last I saw, $30 for a 30 day pass; or $1.25 per direction on non-Strip routes; $2 per direction on the Strip (that's from about four years ago)
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New York City

A gallon of gas ~ $2.85
2 liter bottle of Coke ~ $1.39 @ the grocery store & $1.99 @ the deli
High Speed Internet - cable modem $39.99
6 pack of Bud - no clue. 6 pack of Sierra Nevada ~ $7.99
Dry clean a pair of pants - $4.00
An oil change - still covered through dealer
Subway fare - $2.00
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Old 10-18-2005, 05:52 PM   #26
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Maybe it's time to move?


http://money.cnn.com/2005/10/18/real...aces/index.htm
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Old 10-18-2005, 10:28 PM   #27
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I've seen a number of these best place surveys over the years and I really question the stats.

This year best place to live Moorestown New Jersey.......... Comon now
(Not on my top 10 list.)

Many other polls including best place to retire, most stressful place, most expensive or least expensive city, amount of income required to live well, etc etc etc

I really question this stuff.
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I've seen a number of these best place surveys over the years and I really question the stats.

This year best place to live Moorestown New Jersey.......... Comon now
(Not on my top 10 list.)

Many other polls including best place to retire, most stressful place, most expensive or least expensive city, amount of income required to live well, etc etc etc

I really question this stuff.
It's like the "news" on TV. They have to fill all those pages/airtime
with something. That's why there is so much information/advice/stats/warnings/etc coming at you from all sides. I mostly ignore it.

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Old 10-19-2005, 01:45 PM   #29
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Don't know all the answers (ie: coca cola, etc),
but in Western Pa here is COL stuff:
1. average home price: 130,000 to 200,000 and up
2. 1% wage tax is payable to the local municipality (not on pensions).
3. 3.07% state income tax on wages (not pensions)
4. average property tax on a 200,000 home is about $4000 per year in Allegheny county, less in surrounding counties.
5. Pensions are NOT taxable in Pa.
6. There is no personal property tax on such things as autos and boats.
7. Sales tax is 7% in Allegheny County, 6% in the surrounding counties.
8. NO sales tax on food or clothing.
9. The governor is an SOB, hopefully will not be re-elected.
10. Beer can be bought by the case in beer distributor stores,
Wine and spirits must be bought in the State Stores
no liquor, beer, or wine sold in grocery stores.
11. you want Steeler tickets, Get in Line and wait years.
12. you want Pirate tickets, there are plenty to go around. PNC Park is the
best baseball stadium in the nation, great views of downtown, great food,
lousy team (but they drew fairly well this past season).
13. Oil Change is about $18 at the local Firestone store.
14. Once per year auto inspection (including emissions testing) is about $65 pass or fail.
15. Gallon of gas is about $2.49 as of 10/19/05.
16. The leaves are turning yellow, orange, and red right now - peaking in a few days.
17. Current temp is 70 degrees (about 8 above normal) for 10/19.
18. Sun is shining, gorgeous day,
19. If you want culture, there is the Pgh. Symphony, Pgh Ballet, Pgh Opera,
Renaissance & Baroque Society, Bach Choir, locally produced and nationally produced broadway style shows, a zoo, an aviary, Kenneywood Park with lots of rides, roller coasters, etc.
COME VISIT !!

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Old 10-19-2005, 01:53 PM   #30
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A gallon of regular gas. $2.89
A 2 litre bottle of Coca Cola. $.99
High speed internet service. $39.95
6 pack of Bud. (don't buy Bud)
Dry clean a pair of pants (even if it once a year), Don't know, $2?
An oil change for you car. $24.95
Bus or subway fare (even if you do not use it) No idea, this is Los Angeles we're talking about.

I live in Torrance, CA and work in Mid-Wilshire Los Angeles. Torrance is a middle class suburb south of Los Angeles. We are near to the beach, but not on it. Torrance is not part of the Los Angeles Unified School District, so real estate is higher than very close neighboring areas. Average sized, 3br2ba SFRs are $800k+.
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