Why Telling Folks To Move Someplace Cheaper is Unrealistic Bad Advice

When people lament the rising cost of living, others scoff and tell them they should move somewhere cheaper. 


While geoarbitrage is a great way to save money, it’s unrealistic for most people. Here are the top reasons why telling someone to move garners eye rolls. 

Moving is Expensive

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The people who say you should just move if you can’t afford to live obviously never paid for a move. If someone can’t afford rent, how will they afford a moving truck, a downpayment on a new apartment, or take time off to move?

Need To Stay Where the Jobs Are

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Low cost of living locales often lack jobs. Sure, you could move from San Francisco to Oklahoma, but could you find a job as a software architect there, or will you be working retail?


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Family support is essential in tough economic times. Young parents need grandparents to help watch the kids, and middle-aged people need to stick close to care for ailing parents. 

Moving might not save money if you must pay for childcare in your new area. 


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Many fear moving to a cheaper state due to the political climate in today’s tumultuous world. People would rather pay extra to live in states that protect their human rights. 


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Cheaper places have awful climates. Some folks have medical conditions making winter unbearable, and others can’t stand the heat. 

Medical Care

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Big, expensive cities also have the best access to medical care. People with health issues can’t move to cheaper places, which would make accessing care much more challenging. 


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Places with more people tend to have more infrastructure to support them. Public transportation allows people to live without a car, and many neighborhoods have grocery stores within walking distance. 

Rural areas are the cheapest, but you need a car for nearly everything. 

Things To Do

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Big cities burst with activity. There are things to do every weekend. Cities host free events at parks and beaches. Stores, restaurants, and venues line the streets, and there’s tons of opportunity to fill your time. 

Trouble Fitting In

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The majority of affordable places are small towns with tight-knit communities. Everyone grew up together and knew everyone else, making it exceedingly difficult for an outsider to fit in and make friends. 

It’s even more complicated if that outsider looks different or has different values. 

Change is Scary

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As the saying goes, the devil you know is better than the devil you don’t know. It takes courage to pack up and leave everything you know behind. You never know if it will work out or not. 

It Wouldn’t Be a Problem if America Wasn’t Dystopian

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Although there are many fantastic things about living in the US, some of our systems and laws leave many scratching their heads, wondering if we’re already living in a dystopian nightmare. 

Here’s the evidence that makes us wonder if America is actually a dystopia.  

You Can Achieve Financial Freedom Wherever You Live

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Financial Freedom is more than just a buzz word. It’s achievable for a lot of people. 

Here’s your ultimate guide to achieving financial independence

Build Your FU Fund to Quit That Toxic Job

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Want enough money to quit your toxic job and not have to stress about it? You need an FU money fund. 

Sometimes you Need a Loan

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Banks are usually the go-to-place for personal loans, but they don’t always offer the best deals. 

If you need a loan, you should consider every option. 

Read More: The Best Alternatives To Personal Loans

Invest in Yourself to Achieve Your Dreams

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An under-rated key to happiness is investing in yourself. You’re worth the time and effort.

Here are 38 ways to invest in yourself, and most aren’t about money. 

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Author: Melanie Allen

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Melanie Allen is an American journalist and happiness expert. She has bylines on MSN, the AP News Wire, Wealth of Geeks, Media Decision, and numerous media outlets across the nation and is a certified happiness life coach. She covers a wide range of topics centered around self-actualization and the quest for a fulfilling life.