of the above enables us to live the life we want out here on our homestead, there are other costs to rural life beyond simply the maintenance and upkeep of land. Back in the city, we were able to share that geriatric minivan between the two of us with nary a need for a second car. In the city, we had dozens of grocery stores to choose from and we shopped exclusively at Market Basket (an amazing local chain with fabulous prices and and even better selection) and Costco (a warehouse-style membership store).
I alluded to this challenge above and while its true there are garage sales and online buy/sell groups and some roadside trash finds, its nowhere near the bounty we enjoyed in the city. Over time, Ill be able to provide a more comprehensive and smoothed-out view of urban versus rural spending, but Ill need a few more years of data first. Repair and build culverts to facilitate appropriate water run-off. There are fewer thrift stores with smaller selections.
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A Year In The City 2015 Month Total Spent Groceries Only January 3,730.06 135.86 February 4,084.33 305.38 March 3,831.30 404.70 April 3,989.87 239.04 May 3,954.27 408.70 June 3,534.91 336.59 July 3,350.19 373.44 August 3,251.22 200.33 September 3,884.49 356.34 October 4,177.78 402.92 November 3,053.69 316.31 December. The only back-up mode of transportation is to either not go anywhere or to rely on a friend to come pick you up in their car. I have to say, Ive been impressed with how infrequently we have to rely on the Subaru. FW purchased all of the equipment necessary for him to change the tires himself. If you too would like to learn how to buy (almost) needed: Volunteers to Operate a Local Organization everything on the used market, check out: How To Find Anything and Everything Used: A Compendium Of Frugal Treasure Hunting.
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Its a rivalry as old as human settlements-the city versus the country, the proud town mouse versus the humble country mouse.
Many of us dream of leaving.
It must be so much cheaper for you to live in the country!