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live in a place you don't like if you could have more money 2 5.26%
live in a place you love even if it means having less money 22 57.89%
I already do live in a place I love and have enough money 11 28.95%
never think about stuff like that, it makes life too depressing 3 7.89%
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Old 06-29-2004, 02:12 PM   #1
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I was thinking about this and I wonder how everyone else feels about it. I live in a place I HATE- my neighborhood, my city, the cities nearby. When I'm here, most of the time I don't even feel I'm living, just going through the motions. But when I go out the the mountains, I'm so happy, I feel so alive, I feel like I want to live to be 100!

People say where I live has more opportunity and in the mountains there are 'no jobs.' But the catch is, if you live in an area where a lot of people have money and you don't, the cost of living is beyond your reach anyway. Most of these 'jobs' everyone brags about are low paying service industry, (which pay very little) military, or specialized tech jobs, (which I do not qualify for) and stuff like that. My husband works for the military, he's not in the military but he is held here because of it. I HATE this place and want to leave. My family always goes 'but there's no jobs out there!' I say, because there are more poor people in the mountains, things are cheaper for everyone, so you don't need as much money. I sure don't have enough to live here, and I can't stand this place!! Even if I did have more money I would not be happy here. It's like being held prisoner!!

So here's the question for all of you:

Would you rather:

have less money and live in a place you love,


have more money and live in a place you hate?

Does having more money make it worth it to you to stay in an area you dislike, or do you even think about it?

If you live in a place you like and have enough money, you are very lucky indeed!!

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Old 06-29-2004, 02:23 PM   #2
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I pick living in a place I love, but having less money. I already live in a place I don't care too much for. I live in a sort of upscale area right outside of Washington DC, and fiancially, I just don't fit. So I can see what you mean about having the cost of living beyond your reach.

My big dream is to live in another country for atleast a little while. I could never figure out how to go about it, though. Being more realistic, I would love to live out west, in a place like Montana or Colorado, even if it meant being poor. Somewhere with mountains, trees and cleaner air (I can't even go outside in the summer here because the air quality so poor and my allergies can't take it).

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Old 06-29-2004, 02:27 PM   #3
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I lived in Raleigh, NC for 10 years and hated it. I had money but I was bored out of my mind.. and since I wasso bored I would just work.
Now I'm living in San Francisco, CA... with not much money.. but I am so happy. The beach, the city, the festivals, the roadtrips , the climate , the people all keep me here.
So I would go for a place you would really like to live for less money!

Besides, we only have one life to live right? Might as well live somewhere we are happy!
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Old 06-29-2004, 02:32 PM   #4
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At the beginning of this year I moved to my own house here in the Netherlands (Utrecht). I love this place. For the Dutch, this is a big city (~270,000 people), so there's plenty of stuff going on. I also like my house. Granted, it's not that big, but it's big enough for me. Same with money. I don't earn that much, but enough to have a decent living. So in that way, I'm perfectly happy where I live and how to pay for all of it. I don't need a bigger house nor really more money. (Of course, when it comes to negotiations about my salary I'll of course ask for a raise, but it isn't a necessity to continue living this way)
Thus, I chose the third option.

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Old 06-29-2004, 03:16 PM   #5
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Option #2, which is why I'm packing up and moving to NYC next year. I love Tampa, and can afford to live here, it's just that it's not enough for me and I really feel that I'm at a time in my life where I want to do what is best for me even if that means taking a tremendous hit to my level of income and comfort.
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I would rather live in a place that I love.
I really want to live next to beach, but that is very expensive. I would be willing to do it as long as I can make enough to get by (i'm still in college and living with my parents). Not having a lot of money doesn't bother me, but maybe that's cause I've never had much money and because of that I don't miss it.
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Old 06-29-2004, 03:33 PM   #7
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it depends how much I love/hate the place and how much more/less money I'd have

in general I would prefer to live somewhere I like to live and have less money
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If I had a lot of money, there's nothing I'd rather use it for than to move away! I'm glad to see I'm not the only one!

ylime, Northern VA is terrible! It's awful here in the SE part too, but your area is smothering! All those cars! High prices! Get on I-66 and head west
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I pick living in the place I love with less money b/c it's what I'll do. I don't "HATE" it here, but I really REALLY don't like it (the location and climate, not people) and my feelings of dislike have only intensified over time. Anywhere I live, I won't have money since I've already racked up over $50,000 in loans (I've missed interest payments on one and they're starting to come after me) and have only completed 2 of 4 years, minimum, of college. But I'm moving south first chance I get. Hopefully somewhere on the west coast of Florida, but I'd settle even for Georgia.

U2K, would you ever take your kids and leave your husband? Not for good, I mean, but lots of families have to split temporarily b/c of job situations and if your neighborhood is as bad as it sounds, your kids might be safer somewhere else even without dad. I grew up in the ghetto between crack houses and gang fights. My dad wasn't around much since he worked full time every day and then plowed snow all night during the winter or painted during the summer so that eventually we could afford to leave. I didn't get to do a lot of extracuricular activies or go on any family vacations b/c of my parents work schedules and money issues; I spent my afternoons taking care of my siblings, but I'm grateful my parents made that sacrifice so we could go to a better, safer home and get the best education available.
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My husband used to work out of town and he made better money. But they never send him off anymore He doesn't make that bad of money, like $20 an hour but it doesn't go far here. I want to move to the mountains where everything is nicer and cheaper, but I need a stash of money to get started. I won't just start off with nothing but the clothes on my back. I hope to get there someday even as an old lady! Good luck with your move south

It's not only the people here, a lot of them suck but not all of them, but there are just TOO MANY of them and too many cars in too small a space, and everything is so boring and not worth it! I know I won't have money no matter where I go so might as well be happy!
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I'd rather live someplace I love and have less money, too. Money doesn't make you happy, but your surroundings can. I'm not miserable where I am; in fact, I'd settle for just somewhere else in Rhode Island besides my town. South County is really nice, but it can be expensive to live there along the beach. So I'm working my butt off this summer to see if maybe I can change things in the not-too-distant future.

I'd really like to live in another country for a little while, too...part of my saving up is so I can run away and be poor but happy to be somewhere really, really different for a few months without really needing a job.
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Originally posted by U2Kitten

ylime, Northern VA is terrible!
I don't like Northern VA either, except to visit. I like Maryland better, and even DC. Though Silver Spring has lost its coolness factor since jkayet and I left and it's gotten less gheto appeal.
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I think this depends on your definition of "enough money." If you are the sort of person who wants a huge loft downtown and a Beemer to go with it, you better get yourself an MBA or MD or something of the sort.

I love the city I live in, and I make enough money so I can live comfortably and still travel. I would rather make slightly less and stay here than make more and have to move to some dump out in the boonies. I'm a city girl, and a city has to have personality.
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Anyway, I would much rather live somewhere where I felt safe and comfortable and where I liked to spend time than somewhere I didn't like, even if I had more money. When I don't like where I live, I find I spend more money to get away, or spend money on stuff I don't need to make myself happier.
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They say money doesn't buy happiness, but really I dunno about that. Nothing makes me smile more than a giant pile of crisp notes

No really, I think you first need to work out what you can live on, then find the nicest possible place to meet that without digging yourself a huge financial hole. I like where I live, even though housing is ridiculously inflated. It is safe too. Very safe. I'd move back up into the mountains but there's just too many stinking hippies there. There's more to life than working for the Dole and smoking pot.

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