Move to a rural area
Want a great money saving tip? Move to a rural area. I knew when we moved that it would save us money, but honestly it seems to be saving us more than I anticipated as we’ve had some unexpected savings. Here are just a few of the savings we’ve encountered so far:
- Lower gas prices – Gas prices where we live now are on average about 20 cents less expensive per gallon. While we don’t drive a whole lot, the vehicles we do have don’t get great gas mileage.
- Lower food prices – While not significantly lower, we have noticed that grocery store food prices overall are less expensive. While not true across the board, staples like meats, cheese, milk and eggs are much lower. Pre-packaged products seem to be about the same and in some cases actually a little more.
- Less eating out – We’ve found restaurant food prices to actually be more expensive overall, but since we live far enough away we’re far less tempted to eat out. We haven’t eaten out as a family since we moved in. That’s a fairly significant achievement for us as we typically used to eat out 2-3 times a week depending on our kid’s sports and school schedules.
- Lower entertainment costs - This won’t apply for everyone, but since we live in the Mountains and particularly in area of NC literally surrounded by National Parks, there are tons of things to do that are free. We were’t big into spending a great deal on entertainment anyway, but now we don’t spend anything. We have 3 acres of our own our kids can explore, literally tens of thousands of acres behind since just a few miles behind us is a National Park. There are old buildings to see, creeks to follow, hills to climb, and trails everywhere to explore.
- Lower maintenance costs – So far the new house is less expensive to maintain than our old one. We have very little grass, so there isn’t much mowing. The house is landscaped and decorating with all natural materials on the outside, so that’s all low maintenance as well. While not attributable to living remote, our new house has vinyl siding too, so no more outside painting!
- More content to stay at home – In general since we live on such a beautiful lot, have more land and a larger house, we just seem far more content to stay at home. Not only has that saved us money, but it’s given us time as a family we didn’t take advantage of before.
- Water bill – This is going to be a big savings for us each month. Since we have a well and septic system, I’ll no longer have a $100.00 + water/sewer bill each month. The well water is great too, nice and soft and tastes literally as good as bottled water.
I’m sure as we’ll continue to find savings, but I would suspect we’ll find areas where we are paying more as well. Just hope the savings outweigh the additional expenses!
How about you? Do you live in a remote or rural area? What cost savings have you seen? Add a comment!
This article is part of an ongoing series called Money Saving Monday. Each Monday, I share tips and techniques you can use to start saving money.
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