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I find Hawaii Cheaper Overall
In response to 140793: Retirement, posted by Jim L3 on Sunday, 2 April 2017, at 8:40 a.m.
I used to live in Atlanta where it seemed very cheap to live.
When considering Hawaii as a place to retire to, I ignored tax rates and income but rather looked at cost of living. For me it was going to be cheaper in Hawaii than Atlanta.
Here gas is more expensive, but in Atlanta I was spending $300 or more a month on electric and gas for heating and cooling. Water and sewage was expensive and my commute was an hour each way.
I don't use much in the way of air conditioning or heating. I wear only shorts, t-shirt and slippers (flip flops). I still have a few pair of jeans for field work.
I compared the cost of food and found some things cheaper here than Atlanta, however many items were more expensive. Still, Costco and Walmart help keep costs down.
I have a propane grill outdoors here which I never considered in Atlanta. Back there it was either too cold or too hot to grill outdoors.
My house back there was 5 bedrooms and 2.5 baths. Here I have about 1600 sq ft house. I paid the same for both places but here was able to get more than 6 acres and back there less than an acre.
Because of the weather, I could be growing my own vegetables. I grow fruit and coffee.
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