I’ve always prided myself on being one of those die-hard Michigan residents who says I’ll stick it out through tough times – thick and thin. I don’t care if tons of home are in foreclosure! I don’t care if I am living paycheck to paycheck! It will get better! I will stay when others go!
But I got a job offer in another state a couple weeks ago. Now some of the main reasons I’m taking the job? It’s near my boyfriend and it’s a unique job opportunity. But the fact that I can rent a bigger place for $200 less a month, the price of gas is about 30 cents cheaper per gallon, and groceries are more affordable certainly doesn’t hurt. I’ve calculated an annual savings of $3000-4000 a year just in savings from rent and life expenses alone.
I want to come back to my home state as soon as possible. But wow…being able to start saving for retirement is such a nice thought. I don’t think I can pass up long term financial stability just because of my sense of state pride. It doesn’t make much sense (cents).