Go Back  British Expats > Living & Moving Abroad > USA
Reload this Page >

Cost of Living

Cost of Living

Old Jul 25th 2006, 4:39 pm
  #1  
Bob
BE Site Lead
Thread Starter
 
Bob's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2004
Location: MA, USA
Posts: 91,774
Bob has a reputation beyond reputeBob has a reputation beyond reputeBob has a reputation beyond reputeBob has a reputation beyond reputeBob has a reputation beyond reputeBob has a reputation beyond reputeBob has a reputation beyond reputeBob has a reputation beyond reputeBob has a reputation beyond reputeBob has a reputation beyond reputeBob has a reputation beyond repute
Default Cost of Living

Just wondered what the cost of living was for simple things in your neck of the woods, as i've noticed a fair change in simple things from Maine to Mass

Maine - 8-12 ears of corn $1 in Mass $5-6
Lobster ME- $6-8 pound, MA - $8-10 pound
Shrimp ME - $5 pound (medium sized) MA - $6-8
Cheese (nice large block of cheddar, same stuff) ME - $6 MA - $9
Organic eggs are the same for a dozen $2.50
Silk Soy/Organic Milk ME- $3.20 MA - $3.80

Pack of fags ME - $5.75 MA - $4
Petrol ME - $2.80-2.95 MA $2.99-3.15 for unleaded

Car insurance ME- $725 MA- $950
Car registration, after first year when you have plates etc ME- $50-100, MA - $130
Cable/Internet ME- $100, MA - $60 with more service
Public Transport ME - N/A MA - $1 each way for the Bus/Commuter rail regardless of distance

So what about you guys, especially those who move around a lot, what are your observations? Just kind of curious to see how much it varies around the country for various things
Bob is offline  
Old Jul 25th 2006, 4:52 pm
  #2  
Payed up premium member
 
evoal2003's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2004
Location: The desert
Posts: 2,327
evoal2003 has a reputation beyond reputeevoal2003 has a reputation beyond reputeevoal2003 has a reputation beyond reputeevoal2003 has a reputation beyond reputeevoal2003 has a reputation beyond reputeevoal2003 has a reputation beyond reputeevoal2003 has a reputation beyond reputeevoal2003 has a reputation beyond reputeevoal2003 has a reputation beyond reputeevoal2003 has a reputation beyond reputeevoal2003 has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Cost of Living

Originally Posted by Bob
Just wondered what the cost of living was for simple things in your neck of the woods, as i've noticed a fair change in simple things from Maine to Mass

Maine - 8-12 ears of corn $1 in Mass $5-6
Lobster ME- $6-8 pound, MA - $8-10 pound
Shrimp ME - $5 pound (medium sized) MA - $6-8
Cheese (nice large block of cheddar, same stuff) ME - $6 MA - $9
Organic eggs are the same for a dozen $2.50
Silk Soy/Organic Milk ME- $3.20 MA - $3.80

Pack of fags ME - $5.75 MA - $4
Petrol ME - $2.80-2.95 MA $2.99-3.15 for unleaded

Car insurance ME- $725 MA- $950
Car registration, after first year when you have plates etc ME- $50-100, MA - $130
Cable/Internet ME- $100, MA - $60 with more service
Public Transport ME - N/A MA - $1 each way for the Bus/Commuter rail regardless of distance

So what about you guys, especially those who move around a lot, what are your observations? Just kind of curious to see how much it varies around the country for various things
You forgot-

umemployed $0 Maine to MA $millions
evoal2003 is offline  
Old Jul 25th 2006, 5:01 pm
  #3  
Bob
BE Site Lead
Thread Starter
 
Bob's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2004
Location: MA, USA
Posts: 91,774
Bob has a reputation beyond reputeBob has a reputation beyond reputeBob has a reputation beyond reputeBob has a reputation beyond reputeBob has a reputation beyond reputeBob has a reputation beyond reputeBob has a reputation beyond reputeBob has a reputation beyond reputeBob has a reputation beyond reputeBob has a reputation beyond reputeBob has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Cost of Living

Originally Posted by evoal2003
... to MA $millions
I wish
Bob is offline  
Old Jul 25th 2006, 5:05 pm
  #4  
Maño-Americano
 
ironporer's Avatar
 
Joined: Apr 2003
Location: In the heart of the Ozarks
Posts: 10,211
ironporer has a reputation beyond reputeironporer has a reputation beyond reputeironporer has a reputation beyond reputeironporer has a reputation beyond reputeironporer has a reputation beyond reputeironporer has a reputation beyond reputeironporer has a reputation beyond reputeironporer has a reputation beyond reputeironporer has a reputation beyond reputeironporer has a reputation beyond reputeironporer has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Cost of Living

Originally Posted by Bob
Just wondered what the cost of living was for simple things in your neck of the woods, as i've noticed a fair change in simple things from Maine to Mass

Maine - 8-12 ears of corn $1 in Mass $5-6
Lobster ME- $6-8 pound, MA - $8-10 pound
Shrimp ME - $5 pound (medium sized) MA - $6-8
Cheese (nice large block of cheddar, same stuff) ME - $6 MA - $9
Organic eggs are the same for a dozen $2.50
Silk Soy/Organic Milk ME- $3.20 MA - $3.80

Pack of fags ME - $5.75 MA - $4
Petrol ME - $2.80-2.95 MA $2.99-3.15 for unleaded

Car insurance ME- $725 MA- $950
Car registration, after first year when you have plates etc ME- $50-100, MA - $130
Cable/Internet ME- $100, MA - $60 with more service
Public Transport ME - N/A MA - $1 each way for the Bus/Commuter rail regardless of distance

So what about you guys, especially those who move around a lot, what are your observations? Just kind of curious to see how much it varies around the country for various things
LOL... Live lobster down here is 14.99/lb at the local Publix.
Overall, I have found AL to be more expensive than Indiana or St. Louis for most foodstuffs- which surprised me- as 1/2 of the produce comes from FL...right next door...though you still can get a $2 watermelon if you want.
Insurance here is also about 25% higher...due to stupid idiot third world (Alabama, not Mexico) drivers.
Cable is not an option as we are in the country- in STL we had cable and lightning fast cable internet...here it's satilite TV for about the same price- and a 24KBS modem connection (like watching dry paint dry).
ironporer is offline  
Old Jul 25th 2006, 5:17 pm
  #5  
Bob
BE Site Lead
Thread Starter
 
Bob's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2004
Location: MA, USA
Posts: 91,774
Bob has a reputation beyond reputeBob has a reputation beyond reputeBob has a reputation beyond reputeBob has a reputation beyond reputeBob has a reputation beyond reputeBob has a reputation beyond reputeBob has a reputation beyond reputeBob has a reputation beyond reputeBob has a reputation beyond reputeBob has a reputation beyond reputeBob has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Cost of Living

Originally Posted by ironporer
LOL... Live lobster down here is 14.99/lb at the local Publix.
Overall, I have found AL to be more expensive than Indiana or St. Louis for most foodstuffs- which surprised me- as 1/2 of the produce comes from FL...right next door...though you still can get a $2 watermelon if you want.
Insurance here is also about 25% higher...due to stupid idiot third world (Alabama, not Mexico) drivers.
Cable is not an option as we are in the country- in STL we had cable and lightning fast cable internet...here it's satilite TV for about the same price- and a 24KBS modem connection (like watching dry paint dry).
The cable v sat, I hear ya, where the folks live, it's sat and dial up for internet at the mo as there's no cable...very painful *l*

watermelon is pretty pricey here too, about $6 for a decent sized one...strawberries aren't to bad, to tubs, pint sized? not sure, anyway, go for $5 around here, and they went for $4 a pop in Maine, but those were local, which were really nice.

Blueberries were also cheap in maine, tub for $3-5 for good small organic ones, about double that over here in MA.
Bob is offline  
Old Jul 25th 2006, 6:16 pm
  #6  
Lapine Member
 
snowbunny's Avatar
 
Joined: Nov 2004
Location: Austin, Texas in my own little world
Posts: 21,691
snowbunny has a reputation beyond reputesnowbunny has a reputation beyond reputesnowbunny has a reputation beyond reputesnowbunny has a reputation beyond reputesnowbunny has a reputation beyond reputesnowbunny has a reputation beyond reputesnowbunny has a reputation beyond reputesnowbunny has a reputation beyond reputesnowbunny has a reputation beyond reputesnowbunny has a reputation beyond reputesnowbunny has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Cost of Living

They don't call it Massataxetts for nothing.
snowbunny is offline  
Old Jul 25th 2006, 6:50 pm
  #7  
BE Enthusiast
 
englishnurse's Avatar
 
Joined: Mar 2005
Location: eating celery
Posts: 461
englishnurse has a reputation beyond reputeenglishnurse has a reputation beyond reputeenglishnurse has a reputation beyond reputeenglishnurse has a reputation beyond reputeenglishnurse has a reputation beyond reputeenglishnurse has a reputation beyond reputeenglishnurse has a reputation beyond reputeenglishnurse has a reputation beyond reputeenglishnurse has a reputation beyond reputeenglishnurse has a reputation beyond reputeenglishnurse has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Cost of Living

Originally Posted by Bob
Just wondered what the cost of living was for simple things in your neck of the woods, as i've noticed a fair change in simple things from Maine to Mass

Maine - 8-12 ears of corn $1 in Mass $5-6
Lobster ME- $6-8 pound, MA - $8-10 pound
Shrimp ME - $5 pound (medium sized) MA - $6-8
Cheese (nice large block of cheddar, same stuff) ME - $6 MA - $9
Organic eggs are the same for a dozen $2.50
Silk Soy/Organic Milk ME- $3.20 MA - $3.80

Pack of fags ME - $5.75 MA - $4
Petrol ME - $2.80-2.95 MA $2.99-3.15 for unleaded

Car insurance ME- $725 MA- $950
Car registration, after first year when you have plates etc ME- $50-100, MA - $130
Cable/Internet ME- $100, MA - $60 with more service
Public Transport ME - N/A MA - $1 each way for the Bus/Commuter rail regardless of distance

So what about you guys, especially those who move around a lot, what are your observations? Just kind of curious to see how much it varies around the country for various things
is that cable price per month???
englishnurse is offline  
Old Jul 25th 2006, 6:51 pm
  #8  
Maño-Americano
 
ironporer's Avatar
 
Joined: Apr 2003
Location: In the heart of the Ozarks
Posts: 10,211
ironporer has a reputation beyond reputeironporer has a reputation beyond reputeironporer has a reputation beyond reputeironporer has a reputation beyond reputeironporer has a reputation beyond reputeironporer has a reputation beyond reputeironporer has a reputation beyond reputeironporer has a reputation beyond reputeironporer has a reputation beyond reputeironporer has a reputation beyond reputeironporer has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Cost of Living

Originally Posted by Bob
The cable v sat, I hear ya, where the folks live, it's sat and dial up for internet at the mo as there's no cable...very painful *l*

watermelon is pretty pricey here too, about $6 for a decent sized one...strawberries aren't to bad, to tubs, pint sized? not sure, anyway, go for $5 around here, and they went for $4 a pop in Maine, but those were local, which were really nice.

Blueberries were also cheap in maine, tub for $3-5 for good small organic ones, about double that over here in MA.
But now that you are gainfully employed, you can actually afford to eat lobster and steak, strawberries and blueberries... beats the hell out of spagetti 4 times a week, no?
ironporer is offline  
Old Jul 25th 2006, 8:03 pm
  #9  
BE Forum Addict
 
suzimc's Avatar
 
Joined: Oct 2005
Location: Balmain, Sydney
Posts: 1,194
suzimc has a reputation beyond reputesuzimc has a reputation beyond reputesuzimc has a reputation beyond reputesuzimc has a reputation beyond reputesuzimc has a reputation beyond reputesuzimc has a reputation beyond reputesuzimc has a reputation beyond reputesuzimc has a reputation beyond reputesuzimc has a reputation beyond reputesuzimc has a reputation beyond reputesuzimc has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Cost of Living

Originally Posted by Bob
Just wondered what the cost of living was for simple things in your neck of the woods, as i've noticed a fair change in simple things from Maine to Mass

Maine - 8-12 ears of corn $1 in Mass $5-6
Lobster ME- $6-8 pound, MA - $8-10 pound
Shrimp ME - $5 pound (medium sized) MA - $6-8
Cheese (nice large block of cheddar, same stuff) ME - $6 MA - $9
Organic eggs are the same for a dozen $2.50
Silk Soy/Organic Milk ME- $3.20 MA - $3.80

Pack of fags ME - $5.75 MA - $4
Petrol ME - $2.80-2.95 MA $2.99-3.15 for unleaded

Car insurance ME- $725 MA- $950
Car registration, after first year when you have plates etc ME- $50-100, MA - $130
Cable/Internet ME- $100, MA - $60 with more service
Public Transport ME - N/A MA - $1 each way for the Bus/Commuter rail regardless of distance

So what about you guys, especially those who move around a lot, what are your observations? Just kind of curious to see how much it varies around the country for various things
Not sure about everything, but on the stuff I do buy I reckon we're somewhere in the middle, nearer Maine than Mass though
suzimc is offline  
Old Jul 25th 2006, 8:06 pm
  #10  
Renegade who has it made
 
ladygwennie's Avatar
 
Joined: Oct 2005
Location: Indiana
Posts: 1,077
ladygwennie has a reputation beyond reputeladygwennie has a reputation beyond reputeladygwennie has a reputation beyond reputeladygwennie has a reputation beyond reputeladygwennie has a reputation beyond reputeladygwennie has a reputation beyond reputeladygwennie has a reputation beyond reputeladygwennie has a reputation beyond reputeladygwennie has a reputation beyond reputeladygwennie has a reputation beyond reputeladygwennie has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Cost of Living

Originally Posted by Bob
Just wondered what the cost of living was for simple things in your neck of the woods, as i've noticed a fair change in simple things from Maine to Mass

Maine - 8-12 ears of corn $1 in Mass $5-6
Lobster ME- $6-8 pound, MA - $8-10 pound
Shrimp ME - $5 pound (medium sized) MA - $6-8
Cheese (nice large block of cheddar, same stuff) ME - $6 MA - $9
Organic eggs are the same for a dozen $2.50
Silk Soy/Organic Milk ME- $3.20 MA - $3.80

Pack of fags ME - $5.75 MA - $4
Petrol ME - $2.80-2.95 MA $2.99-3.15 for unleaded

Car insurance ME- $725 MA- $950
Car registration, after first year when you have plates etc ME- $50-100, MA - $130
Cable/Internet ME- $100, MA - $60 with more service
Public Transport ME - N/A MA - $1 each way for the Bus/Commuter rail regardless of distance

So what about you guys, especially those who move around a lot, what are your observations? Just kind of curious to see how much it varies around the country for various things
Cable here is a a rip off, bloody comcast!! just for cable internet its $50, now add basic cable tv, ya get another $30, then add digital package with hbo and hddvr box ur up to about $150 a month, bloody rip off!!!
Car ins is pretty good, especially compared to NY
Groceries- not too bad, again cheaper than NY
overall lower cost of living in indy
ladygwennie is offline  
Old Jul 25th 2006, 9:58 pm
  #11  
Bob
BE Site Lead
Thread Starter
 
Bob's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2004
Location: MA, USA
Posts: 91,774
Bob has a reputation beyond reputeBob has a reputation beyond reputeBob has a reputation beyond reputeBob has a reputation beyond reputeBob has a reputation beyond reputeBob has a reputation beyond reputeBob has a reputation beyond reputeBob has a reputation beyond reputeBob has a reputation beyond reputeBob has a reputation beyond reputeBob has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Cost of Living

Originally Posted by englishnurse
is that cable price per month???
$100 was cable/internet and in Mass, $100 is cable/internet/phone...and much faster cable, and unlimited mins local/nationwide included..
Bob is offline  
Old Jul 25th 2006, 9:59 pm
  #12  
Bob
BE Site Lead
Thread Starter
 
Bob's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2004
Location: MA, USA
Posts: 91,774
Bob has a reputation beyond reputeBob has a reputation beyond reputeBob has a reputation beyond reputeBob has a reputation beyond reputeBob has a reputation beyond reputeBob has a reputation beyond reputeBob has a reputation beyond reputeBob has a reputation beyond reputeBob has a reputation beyond reputeBob has a reputation beyond reputeBob has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Cost of Living

Originally Posted by ironporer
But now that you are gainfully employed, you can actually afford to eat lobster and steak, strawberries and blueberries... beats the hell out of spagetti 4 times a week, no?
true...well maybe next month anyway *lol*
though it was nice getting salaried for a half month when I was only here for a week, and there was slackers party on wednesday and pizza friday, so not much work done
Bob is offline  
Old Jul 25th 2006, 10:01 pm
  #13  
Bob
BE Site Lead
Thread Starter
 
Bob's Avatar
 
Joined: Aug 2004
Location: MA, USA
Posts: 91,774
Bob has a reputation beyond reputeBob has a reputation beyond reputeBob has a reputation beyond reputeBob has a reputation beyond reputeBob has a reputation beyond reputeBob has a reputation beyond reputeBob has a reputation beyond reputeBob has a reputation beyond reputeBob has a reputation beyond reputeBob has a reputation beyond reputeBob has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Cost of Living

Originally Posted by ladygwennie
Cable here is a a rip off, bloody comcast!! just for cable internet its $50, now add basic cable tv, ya get another $30, then add digital package with hbo and hddvr box ur up to about $150 a month, bloody rip off!!!
Car ins is pretty good, especially compared to NY
Groceries- not too bad, again cheaper than NY
overall lower cost of living in indy
Got lucky for cable, but then there's RCN competing...so we get the lot for $100, which ain't bad, but then we don't have hbo, a whole bunch of random channels including BBCA though...and no HD
Bob is offline  
Old Jul 25th 2006, 11:20 pm
  #14  
Not living a 9 to 5 life
 
NC Penguin's Avatar
 
Joined: Jun 2002
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 11,061
NC Penguin has a reputation beyond reputeNC Penguin has a reputation beyond reputeNC Penguin has a reputation beyond reputeNC Penguin has a reputation beyond reputeNC Penguin has a reputation beyond reputeNC Penguin has a reputation beyond reputeNC Penguin has a reputation beyond reputeNC Penguin has a reputation beyond reputeNC Penguin has a reputation beyond reputeNC Penguin has a reputation beyond reputeNC Penguin has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Cost of Living

Originally Posted by Bob
Just wondered what the cost of living was for simple things in your neck of the woods, as i've noticed a fair change in simple things from Maine to Mass

Maine - 8-12 ears of corn $1 in Mass $5-6
Lobster ME- $6-8 pound, MA - $8-10 pound
Shrimp ME - $5 pound (medium sized) MA - $6-8
Cheese (nice large block of cheddar, same stuff) ME - $6 MA - $9
Organic eggs are the same for a dozen $2.50
Silk Soy/Organic Milk ME- $3.20 MA - $3.80

Pack of fags ME - $5.75 MA - $4
Petrol ME - $2.80-2.95 MA $2.99-3.15 for unleaded

Car insurance ME- $725 MA- $950
Car registration, after first year when you have plates etc ME- $50-100, MA - $130
Cable/Internet ME- $100, MA - $60 with more service
Public Transport ME - N/A MA - $1 each way for the Bus/Commuter rail regardless of distance

So what about you guys, especially those who move around a lot, what are your observations? Just kind of curious to see how much it varies around the country for various things
I think you need to join a shopping club and make some savings. I'd recommend Costco.


NC Penguin
NC Penguin is offline  
Old Jul 25th 2006, 11:22 pm
  #15  
Renegade who has it made
 
ladygwennie's Avatar
 
Joined: Oct 2005
Location: Indiana
Posts: 1,077
ladygwennie has a reputation beyond reputeladygwennie has a reputation beyond reputeladygwennie has a reputation beyond reputeladygwennie has a reputation beyond reputeladygwennie has a reputation beyond reputeladygwennie has a reputation beyond reputeladygwennie has a reputation beyond reputeladygwennie has a reputation beyond reputeladygwennie has a reputation beyond reputeladygwennie has a reputation beyond reputeladygwennie has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Cost of Living

Originally Posted by NC Penguin
I think you need to join a shopping club and make some savings. I'd recommend Costco.


NC Penguin
Costco, sam's club or BJ's good bulk shoppin, gotta love the states!
ladygwennie is offline  

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.