Laundry can be done using the $140 a month in extra money I have. $2/week x 4 weeks = $8. Detergent price included in the above.
I spend less than $300 a year on clothes NOW. Clothes will last if you take care of them. And I can buy cheap clothes at Goodwill, Ross, and other stores within walking distance of the apartment I linked to.
I can get an eye exam for $70 and glasses for $120....without insurance. So if I save up over the year, I can cover my once yearly exam.
Dental cleanings can be done for free at local dental schools.
I can get a $50 physical at a near by clinic, and a free woman's exam at same.
I can go to CVS and get a free/discounted assessment if I develop many common ailments.
I never said ANYTHING about the rest of the country, lastly. I specifically and intentionally focused on Texas. I could also probably speak on Indiana and Michigan, since I've lived there and am well versed on COL in both locations...but I wouldn't speak on the east or west coasts. I lived on both only briefly, as a very young child. What I CAN say, though, is that it's pretty dishonest to refer to those west coast states and cite the $7.25 fed minimum wage, when all of those states actually have a higher minimum wage.
It's $8.00 in California.
$8.80 in Oregon.
$9.19 in Washington state.
"Hmmm...Can't decide if I want to watch "Four Houses" or give myself an Icy Hot pee hole enema..." - Blake Shelton
Can you point to a single government program that has ever been "properly" managed and has run with efficiency, costliness and without corruption, graft and bloat? If not, they why would you want the government to have even more control of peoples lives? I cannot come up with one, so since the government has show itself to be incapable of properly running anything, I don't want them in everything.
Be sure to work hard and get lots of overtime. People on welfare want more steaks and free upgrades to smart phones with unlimited data packages.
People can also do more cooking on a larger scale, as in cooking one meal to last several days. We save a fortune. Plus, people can make their own laundry detergent. We're paying about 25 cents a gallon. Also, buying in bulk as in get a deep freezer, and build a pantry.
Btw that house would be 4 grand minimum in jersey...the taxs on that place alone in jersey would 6 grand and up and up and up and up depending where it was.