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February 3rd, 2011 at 06:02 am

My trip to Florida this past weekend was awesome, as I mentioned on a previous blog. I loved being around my family and the weather is just what I long for. It also left me wanting to move there. At first, I was all for leaving my job and start fresh. Then cold feet sets in. We thought that we could move in two years. By then my DS#1 would be done with college and DS#2 would be out of high school and done with auto tech school. We could easily buy a house in FL for under $100K and most likely pay cash for it. I can also take the Praxis to get my teaching certification in Florida (I currently have a New Jersey teaching certification). We would also keep the rental property we have to generate income while we grow roots in FL (about $1,500 net). By then, we would have no debt.

Pros of moving to Florida:

> I can be near my family and help care for my elderly Mom.
> No more SAD, currently kicking my ass(seasonal affective disorder)
> No mortgage


> Leaving well paying jobs
> No health insurance until we secure a job with health benefits.

What do you think? I appreciate your honest opinions.

10 Responses to “Opinions wanted!”

  1. ThriftoRama Says:

    You could start the job search about a year before you plan to move. There's no reason you can't have something lined up. And, you forgot hurricanes. Property insurance is incredibly expensive due to this, and you may have to deal with evacuations, etc. I'm from New Orleans, so I think about this a lot!

  2. MonkeyMama Says:

    Thriftorama has good advice.

    I would look for jobs before moving.

    I would sell the old residence before buying a new one.

    I think your reasons for moving are pretty sound and sounds like a good move.

  3. patientsaver Says:

    I agree with thriftorama. I would have serious reservations about moving down there with no job lined up. In this economy, a secure job is extremely valuable and i wouldn't let it go so easily. Take it from someone who hasn't had a permanent job since September 2009.

  4. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Cons: Summer in Florida.

  5. MonkeyMama Says:

    I should clarify - I would *secure* a job before moving. What I meant.

    That said, with no mortgage, only one of you would need to find a job, correct? For benefits and enough for basics.

  6. Ima saver Says:

    Well, I lived in Florida for over 30 years and I hated it. It was so hot I could not stand it. My electric bill was over $400 amonth. (This was 26 years ago) Property taxes were very high.

  7. SnoopyCool Says:

    I live in Florida and I second Joan.

  8. jewels3 Says:

    It's funny you post this. We live in Wisconsin and we ARE moving to Florida this summer. We are totally fed up with Wisconsin winters. I will finish my degree down there and hubby's job moves with us, as he works from home full time. We were just talking about this today. There are pros and cons to any decision, and sometimes you just have to move forward and do what your heart desires. Yes we have been to Florida in August, and yes it's hot, but then again, winter in Wisconsin is bitterly cold, and between the 2, we choose the hot Smile

  9. Savings Queen Says:

    I am not a hot weather person and I would hate Florida just as Julie did. That being said, in this tough economy, I would spend some time and get another job before you move as most everyone else here said. You just can't count on being able to get a job just when you need it. Also, it is always easier to find a job when you already have one. I vote for safety first.

  10. NJDebbie Says:

    I prefer the hot weather vs. the cold, frigid winters of NJ. Having said that, I appreciate all of your comments. Only time will tell and hopefully I can land a job before I move.

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