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    Montana-how expensive is it to live there?

    Ya know how it has so often been said that you only live once? Well, that reminder about how short life really is and also the extremely hot and humid temps down here in the summer and spring have got me entertaining the idea of trying out Montana for a while. At least during the time of year when old man winter is no where near.

    I'm not much of a city person and very much enjoy the outdoors. Thinking of living out on a ranch in the mountains. There won't be as many conveniences as I'm used to, but I can handle that. At least I can drive into town every week to buy supplies.

    Does anyone on here know what the cost comparisons are for living in Montana?

    For me, it would be like an extended vacation. I don't know very many people up there and so I'm trying to learn as much as possible before making a commitment to go.

    One thing that I don't like is having to deal with/worry about Grizzly bears. They are all around where I would be staying if I go. The only critters I've had issues with here are coyotes, racoons, bobcats, and wild hogs. Some of the hogs here you don't want to meet up with in the dark. At least not on foot and without a bang bang.




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    Re: Montana-how expensive is it to live there?

    I will some day retire in Montana. The biggest issue you have with costs there is the fact that you have to drive long distances to do anything. There is not much of a job market there due to how rural things are. I habe been out there hunting a few times and cannot wait to get the chance to make that my home!

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    Yeah, it's so gorgeous in the mountainous areas. The terrain will take some getting used to. Especially with estimating travel time to and from certain locations. I am badly in need of a change of scenery and climate. Will have to do a lot of horseback riding.




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    Red Green Man, you are dreaming in reverse of me. I dream of the day to hook up my vintage 1946 Spartan Manor and pull her into the desert for 4 months of the year to escape the Canadian winters.

    You should consider a Canadian summer home, somewhere like western Alberta. Close the Rockies, in the foothills, close to a couple of medium size cities, great people, great economy, lots of work. Best of all, you get to leave US money in Canada, just like us Canadian snowbirds leaving Canadian money in the US in the winter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Carvel Loafer View Post
    Red Green Man, you are dreaming in reverse of me. I dream of the day to hook up my vintage 1946 Spartan Manor and pull her into the desert for 4 months of the year to escape the Canadian winters.

    You should consider a Canadian summer home, somewhere like western Alberta. Close the Rockies, in the foothills, close to a couple of medium size cities, great people, great economy, lots of work. Best of all, you get to leave US money in Canada, just like us Canadian snowbirds leaving Canadian money in the US in the winter.
    Carvel- We have a friend that has a place in Apsley' Ont. For years, we open it and close it! Going from Buffalo, NY (Land of Taxes) to Ontario (Land of Taxes-North) Didn't hurt quite so bad when our dollar was 1.40 stronger than Canadian. Now, It's about at 'par'. Don't get me wrong, I love the lake and when it comes to vacation,.........well sort of take a 'blind eye' to the expenses. But man thing are pricey in the CrownLand..........

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scotty370 View Post
    Carvel- We have a friend that has a place in Apsley' Ont. For years, we open it and close it! Going from Buffalo, NY (Land of Taxes) to Ontario (Land of Taxes-North) Didn't hurt quite so bad when our dollar was 1.40 stronger than Canadian. Now, It's about at 'par'. Don't get me wrong, I love the lake and when it comes to vacation,.........well sort of take a 'blind eye' to the expenses. But man thing are pricey in the CrownLand..........
    Well Scotty, I'll always promote Canada as a destination, but you are so right about it being pricey in the CrownLand. Oh my, even with our dollars being close to par we get so much more for our money when we travel to the US. Just some of the prices we have seen here on other posts for implements and such are evidence of that.

    So Green and Red Man, even though we would love for you to do the summer retirement in Canada, it is not near as affordable as most places south of the 49th. But at least come visit if you do move to Montana...
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    Green Red Man, your question on moving to Montana reminded me of the old Frank Zappa song, "Moving to Montana". You could raise some dental floss after you move.
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    Montana and Wyoming are in the back of my mind as places to go as Colorado is getting too much like California in numerous ways. The problem is convincing the wife to consider them too.
    I have more ideas than ambition.


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    Wow, good thread. As far back as I can remember I always wanted to move to Montana. Now that the years are showing how tough things can be and how much I CAN'T do anymore, I think I'll pass. Life it just too short.
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    I've been to Montana twice this year. My wife loves it too. It would be a great place to live but winters can get quite brutal. A second home there would be my choice.
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