I had moved from Mass to Atlanta to retire and while there had a tragic loss of my savings (identity theft with no recourse). Finding even a little job was difficult. After going from comfortable to scary. I looked into moving back to my really small hometown in Iowa after living in cites for 45 years. I must say that everything she said in her article, I have found the exact opposite! Housing is about the same as Atlanta, but about a 3rd of Mass. I moved to a smaller house, just 2 tiny bedrooms and my energy bills are 1/2 of what they were in Atlanta and way less than Mass. I no longer need a impressive car, so I bought a used one; insurance costs $200 yearly! They only things I found to be more expensive is winter groceries (summer garden) and water, horribly high. I have always managed to find a simple job and because I could no longer find thrift stores, I went to ebay and other outlets like them. As far as decorating, the Midwest is filled with antiques from Victorian through Mid-Century and retro. With garage sales, on-line county sales clubs, just being friendly, you can find just about anything. I opened my own store on ebay. You have to be more creative in small towns and make your own fun and culture. And certainly here, get used to two kinds of bad cheese, and not having food even remotely exotic. But where else do you find kind people who take care of each other in every way.
Big City To Small Town:
A Personal Cost-Of-Living Update
|2/28/14 03:40 PM|
Like grass in a yard, wood, unless it's gorgeous is highly over-rated. I like your makeover- it's you, pink and all.
Before & After: A Vintage Dresser Gets Light and Bright
|2/10/14 04:49 PM|
Fabulous home. . .I could move in and not change ONE thing. Finally, an AT house tour where the owner knows how to hang art. Thank you for sharing.
Lisa's Colorful, Art-Filled Home House Tour
|1/18/14 02:11 PM|