Interesting opportunity just came up today. If you were offered the chance to work somewhere undesireable (at least to you), but were offered a significant raise to move there, would you?
As for details, this would be a rural area in the Midwest, and significant raise would be 50%. Given that the
standard cost of living is also much lower there, this would be a way to save a good amount of money for a few years. This would also mean few friends, isolation, change of culture, good restaurants, and so on… Would you suck it up for the money?
Update: I definitely meant cost of living, not standard of living. My friends in rural areas own huge houses with enormous back yards, two car garages, granite countertops, and stainless steel appliances, whereas I’m simply trying afford a place with more than two bedrooms I wrote this late last night and worded it poorly. I even realized it as I went to bed but was too tired to correct it. By rural I’m not talking about an hour away from a big city, I’m talking 4-5 hours away from any big city.
Nothing inherently wrong with rural areas, everyone just has their own preferences – A better question is “Would you move somewhere you personally felt less comfortable (be it big city, foreign country, or farmtown), for more money?”
By Jonathan Ping | Frugal Living | 8/9/06, 1:15am