When I arrived in Honolulu and indulged in life in the city, I quickly came to realize that I was actually living significantly under my budget. I budgeted for $400 spent on groceries each month. I quickly changed my budget for groceries to $200 each month, and I come under budget each month. For internet, I budgeted $50. I figured if everything else is so expensive here, $50 would probably be reasonable to expect. Again, soon after moving here I changed my internet budget to $11, because that’s all I pay for internet with Time Warner Cable (a $21 bill that Jason and I split). And then there’s my utilities bill. I expected to be paying about $100 each month for my share of the utilities bill. Again, I was able to lower this budget, because I’m actually paying less than a quarter of this amount. My most recent utilities bill? $16. I guess it pays to live in an area that doesn't require heating in the winter months! (And it pays off to live in a 369 sq ft studio apartment!)
Next, I’ll target gas prices. They may hover about $1 more than the VT gas prices that I’m used to, and although I have to use premium gasoline here, I still only spend a fraction of the amount I used to spend on gas in VT. This is because I drive a 50cc Bravo Soleil moped, earning 100 miles to every gallon of gas. I used to spend about $65 every two weeks on gas in VT. Atrocious. Now, I spend between $2-$4 on gas every two weeks. Not a bad improvement at all.
I could continue on with other savings and benefits, but I’ll spare your time, and end with the above examples. I imagine you are getting my point!
Don’t always take what others say as fact. Living in a city is much more expensive than living outside of a city? False. It can be true, if you decide to indulge in the overpriced luxuries available in a city. But you don’t have to. And when you avoid them, your life actually becomes pretty simple, and significantly less costly. Don’t always believe what others tell you. Do your own research, and form your own conclusions. You may be surprised what you find. And you’ll certainly be one step ahead of everyone else.