Thursday, June 18, 2009

Adjusting For Cost Of Living Differences After A Non-Local Move


Moving to a new metropolitan area requires adjustments. There's new streets to learn, new weather patterns to get used to, and new social cultures to assimilate.

There's also new costs.

Just like home values vary by area, so does the Cost of Living. To visit a doctor in Chicago, as an example, costs a person more than to visit a similar-type doctor in Smyrna, GA.

Cost of Living adjustments can't be ignored between two cities because it changes a household's budget.

And while it's a challenge to know exactly how far your dollar can stretch in a new town, Bankrate.com hosts a helpful Cost of Living Comparison Calculator to make the math a little easier. With categories such as dry cleaning, groceries and beauty salon, the calculator goes extra deep into the typical costs to a household, and can help families to make more realistic budgets.

The calculator also shows the equivalent household income between any two metropolitan areas. Check out Smyrna compares!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

2nd Wine Crawl & Retail for the River



The 2nd annual Vinings International Wine Crawl will be this Saturday June 20 from 1-7 pm. Enjoy great food specials and wine offerings from all over the world. Garrison's, Social Vinings, Soho, The Grape, La Paz and Vinings Inn are all participating. Cover charge is $5 in advance or $10 at the door and a portion of the proceeds go to Upper Chattahooche Riverkeeper. Register at Social Vinings (1-6pm), 3621 Vinings Slope Dr., Ste 4110, Atlanta, GA 30339, close to Quick Trip. www.atlantabartours.com

Retail for the River will be earlier that same day from 11am - 5pm at Vinings Jubliee. Special offers and coupons are available for that day from free massages compliments of Integral Chiropractic to 75% off select items at American Mountain and more. www.RetailForTheRiver.com

Presented by Atlanta Bar Tours.com, USA Entertainment and Tred Setting Productions.

Monday, June 1, 2009

How to opt out of mailing lists

To opt out of several mailing lists at once, contact: the Direct Marketing Association’s Mail Preference Service at PO Box 643, Carmel NY 10512 or fill out their online form here: http://www.dmaconsumers.org/consumerassistance.html . A free way to save the planet and you will not be tempted to sign up for some junk you do not need anyway.