Cost of Living Differences
Is it reasonable to factor in a cost of living adjustment to your retirement budget when it comes to groceries and every-day items like clothes, toiletries, etc., when you're retiring to a different state. For example, we're considering a move from CA to GA, and Sperlings and ACCRA say food is 12% less and 27% less, respectively. Barring actually visiting and doing comparison shopping, are these estimates really reasonable?
If not, what source should you use - or none at all figuring that this kind of cost is pretty much the same anywhere in USA. Sperlings and ACCRA seem to say there really is a difference. Thanks for your help.