How to Live Comfortably in Two (or More) States
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How to Live Comfortably in Two (or More) States


How to Live Comfortably in Two (or More) States

Written By: Jason Kenner

Switching residences between two different states is the stuff many Americans dream of because it offers more variety, for one. That said, it can be quite the adjustment to juggle multiple homes simultaneously. So, if that’s you, and you have the luxury of multi-state living, here’s how to live more comfortably between the two.

Saving where you can

Although living between two states can seem like it’ll take a significant toll on your budget, you can find opportunities to save money, starting with your auto health insurance and even pet insurance, if you apply for policies in the cheapest state. Of course, you can also save on minor expenses, such as choosing to live stream over cable. Plus, with live-streaming, you don’t have to worry about being at home to catch up on your favorite TV shows. You can even watch at the lake or on the porch while taking in those incredible scenic views at your Waterview home. Moreover, you could enjoy the same thing when you’re up in the mountains in your second residence, too. Food is another area you could budget less for if you shop more wisely. For example, you could choose to stock up on non-perishables, where you could probably take advantage of the savings that come with buying in bulk.

Moving your pet between two locations

If you are considering moving your pet with you, you’ll also want to ensure that both places feel like home, despite the locations being worlds apart. One of the ways you can do this is by having two of everything ready for when you think of moving, as well as for when you move back again. Speaking of getting those pet essentials such as harnesses, playpens, backpack carriers, etc, it would be worth your while to read reviews about the product, especially from veterinarians, to make sure you’re purchasing quality products that are worth every cent you’re paying for them.

Learning about the cost of living

If you’re looking for some information on prices in various cities, here’s what you need to know before you move:

  • Self-storage in Denver. If you want to store some of your items when moving from one place to another because space is an issue, Denver’s got self storage for as little as $49 per month for a 5’x5′ unit. 
  • Pet insurance in California. If you have a dog in California, you can expect to pay an average of $31 per month for $5,000 worth of coverage. 
  • The cost of food in Texas. In Texas, you can expect to pay around $8,700 annually to feed a family of four, which is cheaper than the national average. 
  • The cost of home services in Florida. If you have a home in Florida, the cost to have your pool serviced could range from between $80 and $200 per month.

Living between two states, or multiple states, is certainly something that not many people aren’t able to achieve due to a host of other factors. But if you are fortunate enough, you might as well use all your resources to make living between two homes as economical as possible.