I recently happened upon some startling info regarding Washington DC. Did you know that cost of living in DC is 36% higher than the national average? I could live with that until I developed a morbid curiosity to find out how that compares the cost of living in my hometown in Ohio. What I found is that the cost of living where I am from is 49% lower than here in DC. Ouch! I don’t know why these numbers struck me so boldly. It’s nothing I don’t already know. I mean, I fill my gas tank, I buy my groceries, pay for parking, and watch my bank account shrink dramatically every time rent is deducted. Don’t worry friends, I’m not packing my bags for a life in the country just yet. I love it here! The additional costs definitely come with perks. Great jobs, diversity, leisure activities, and opportunities for everyday learning. Plus, I make more here than I could ever make back home.
No matter where you live, you are probably feeling the crunch of trying to make your income go further and further each month. We are all dealing with rising food and transportation costs. Not to mention my friends who are approaching sainthood by raising kids in this crazy economic climate! One thing is for sure – costs aren’t going down. So what do we do about it?
We get smarter with our money, and I hope to spark some conversation about several areas where we can do this. I hope we can exchange resources through this blog to help our paychecks go further. I’m compiling an initial list of topics for discussion in this blog, and I’m super open for suggestions! Here are some items I plan to address soon in future posts:
- Budgeting Tools
- Buying Used
- Fun with Public Transportation
- Sweepstakes & Giveaways
- Traveling Cheap
- Shopping Rewards
I didn’t invent any of these strategies – nor am I an expert in them. What I do think I’m pretty good at is using a variety of tools in an everyday, balanced life. I will be pointing you towards the resources that I use, and giving you tips on how to incorporate them into your life in a way that isn’t too time consuming or routine altering. I have learned some of my greatest tools for saving from my dear friends, and so I hope this will be a place for us to learn from each other. I can’t explain why I get so excited when I’m able to help someone save. I think it’s because I have always wanted to help people go further, and achieve more than society may have determined they were destined for. In some very small way I feel like helping someone save is helping them to reach their potential. Okay – that was cheesy, but I meant it! What other saving topics would you like to see discussed here?