Lifestyle

Determining the Favorable Cost of Living / Salary

When deciding where to live people tend to think about cost of living and job opportunities as separate factors.  They may move to one area because they can get paid a little more, but do not really think about the living costs.  The reverse is true where someone takes a hefty salary cut to move somewhere so they can afford…

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Lifestyle

Is There A Perfect Place to Live?

We have all heard, “the grass is always greener on the other side.”  When I am in my home city I tend to take what it offers for granted and only think about what is missing.  I commonly bemoan that the beach is too far away.  Yet there are plenty of beach town’s that do not have the city amenities…

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Housing

Is Owning a Home Really Different Than Renting?

I have spent a lot of time thinking about and researching home ownership.  I initially thought that homeownership was always the best choice, then recently began to see the advantages of renting.  I can now say definitively that one is not better than the other.  Rather, at different times in cyclical economic conditions it can be advantageous to be in…

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Lifestyle

What Would You Do If You Had Enough Money

In the introductory post I asked what you would do after celebrating a big lottery win.  I am sure most of us would spend a few minutes thinking about sports cars, lavish homes, and incredible vacations.  Once we get past thinking about owning every material possession we could want what comes next?  I have never had this experience first hand,…

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