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The cost of living in the Country
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dave 50 8n    Posted 01-16-2004 at 09:30:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
Septic Tank just pumped...$645

Gravel every 3 years or so $250

Power being interrupted every winter on a regular basis....$600 for a new generator

Room to breathe...priceless.

...not sure what it is, but something about a pumped septic tank is very satisfying...wierd, but remember, I live in Kal-Lee--FOR-knee-a...


dave 50 8n    Posted 01-16-2004 at 12:41:46       [Reply]  [No Email]

Boy, w/them kind of prices, I could use the facilities w/reckless abandon!!! Put War & Peace in the reading rack! Internet access!

A friend of mine just had his tank pumped, and his research revealed that all the companies around here charge the same.

It must be the high environmental rules, or they just got together and made an Opek for poo. Personally, I think they're just reaming us.

Contractors here do the same...even to each other. Sometimes you'll get double the cost estimate for a job...and people will pay it!!!

It's all that equity newer homeowners cash out in LA (no...Kaliforneea is not all LA or SF) or other big cities and move up here (Sierra foothills) to build their retirement home.... Prices have doubled in 5 years. I hope my kids become doctors, so they can afford to live close to me.

Actually, I think the high prices all over the state, and it's just catching up to us.

ret    Posted 01-16-2004 at 18:14:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
just where do you live Dave?

dave 50 8n    Posted 01-16-2004 at 19:57:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
We live outside Grass Valley, CA, (1,800 elev.)which is still considered the foothills and have a few acres. Bigger parcels around us, so that's nice.

Married a "valley girl," GRASS valley girl. We decided to come back to her home town.

It isn't what it was...better and worse. Mainly, a lot more people, and it's a tourist area for the Sacramento/San Joaquin Valleys, So. Cal and the Bay area. In CA, rural CA is the city playground....weekends can be a pain.

I've been enjoying getting to know her father better and get all that historical background you might never get coming into an area.

You from CA?

Mark in MO    Posted 01-16-2004 at 12:10:10       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Yep, not to mention:
Higher water bills
Higher electric bills
Higher heating bills
So for those city people out there thinking of moving to the country, Don't do it. It's BAD, BAD,BAD.

Ben in KY    Posted 01-16-2004 at 13:30:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
Here are some positive aspects of living in the country.

Use a cistern to catch rainwater for the house and a well for everything else. Cheap to pump it :) Not allowed in most all cities, you are forced to be dependent on them for your water and its quality.

Cheaper taxes.

Electric is about the same here, city or country.

I lived in Tampa Florida for about 7 years. My winter heating bills here seem maybe a bit cheaper than my AC costs were in Tampa.

Auto insurance went down by 80% when I moved from Tampa, FL to central KY.

I can also shoot a troublesome critter without going to jail.

People are much friendlier and helpful. This is a very nice aspect of living in the country.

In short: for me it seems a bit cheaper to live in the country than in the city.

Even if it cost more... I still love it.
Born and raised in the country and glad to be back.

Mark in Mo    Posted 01-16-2004 at 14:18:08       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Don't say that too loud. I like city people to think I live in the country because I'm too stupid and poor to live the City Life. If they knew how great it was, they would be moving out here and they seem to want to bring their City ways with them. It's best for Country People if we are perceived as Bumpkins and Hay Seeds and left alone. Just my O

Mark Hill

Ben in KY    Posted 01-16-2004 at 15:19:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
OOPS, right you are, we have a few city folks around here trying to be country, but not knowing quite how to do it :)

bill b va    Posted 01-16-2004 at 12:04:41       [Reply]  [No Email]

i can see at the bottom of your post why it cost so much to get rid of your shutt. just saw on this mormings news where it costs $250. per day to park at the LA court house . what do they charge for room and board while serving time ?

Dave Munson Mid Illinois    Posted 01-16-2004 at 10:12:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
$645 to get a tank pumped? Cost me $175 in March. What is the common charge?

Joe Dirt    Posted 01-16-2004 at 12:07:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
Cost me $70.00 last August!

They must have some expensive poo over that way!

Ben in KY    Posted 01-16-2004 at 13:34:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
It seems to be about 125.00 here to get your septic tank pumped. That is from some neighbors. I just keep flushing the bacteria stuff down and have had no problems. I bought the farm from my wifes uncle and know the system is about 30 years old and no problems so far. fingers crossed :)

bob ny    Posted 01-16-2004 at 09:39:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
funny you should mention power outage ours just came back on after about an hour just time for me to go out start generator switch over and wife yells down into cellar electrics back now go backwards

bob(who has frozen lips from kissing generator) ny

Ben in KY    Posted 01-16-2004 at 13:19:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
Just bought a new generator yesterday. I guess that this will ensure that my power stays on this winter :) Murphy's law.... Maybe everyone in a neighborhood should take turns buying a new generator each year to keep the power outages away :)

New Farmer    Posted 01-16-2004 at 14:06:32       [Reply]  [Send Email]
For what it's worth
Here in central Va. it costs about $250 to have a septic tank pumped. It cost the septage hauler $175-$200 / 2500 gallons to dispose of the waste. I'm sure the disposal fees are dfferent across the country.

cheaper here    Posted 01-16-2004 at 18:20:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
in N Va. then, daughter had hers pumped last summer, $150. I think it makes a difference how deep it is buried. Now they put an access pipe on them so don't have to dig. Wish I had one, cause my tank is about 30 inches down.

Michele in VA    Posted 01-19-2004 at 16:50:15       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I paid $300 in Delaware in 1986 to have the septic pumped. Paid $150 here in Shenandoah Valley the other day. Folks are more honest down here, maybe.

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