Countrified Economics: I’m Still Going To Have To Work, You Guys!

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When I told my dear friends that I’d be moving to the prairies of Illinois, they were all excited for me, thrilled about the new adventures I’d be embarking upon. But whenever acquaintances hear I’m moving to the country, they immediately start listing all kinds of elaborate ways I can fill my apparently soon-to-be-empty days…

Embroidery! Jam-making! Painting! I already do all those, guys, and while I do look forward to having a garden and pickling the hell out of everything, I don’t foresee myself having nothing-but-free-time. Sure, I’ll be far from friends, but I’ll be near family, I’ll no longer be living alone, and I’m going to have to have, like, a job.

My rent in Illinois is going to be a hilarious fraction of my San Francisco rent, but my pay will be different, too. San Francisco minimum wage is $10.55/hour, while Illinois minimum wage is $8.25/hour. Jobs will be much more limited, as well: I doubt I’ll be able to find well-paying, full-time positions as confiserie Merchandising/Marketing Director, pastry assistant, or floral designer. 

I’ll have a lot of new expenses, too. Yes, San Francisco is the most expensive city (at least last time I checked), but I don’t pay for heat, air-conditioning, or a car. In fact, I’ve never had to drive, but with my new home being located 16 miles from the nearest town, driving will be a must (at least for part of the year- I’m determined to try commuting by bike!). I won’t be tempted to blow my budget on San Francisco’s gorgeous cappuccinos, cocktails, and restaurants, but I’ll have to spend a fair amount of money on glamorous things like keeping the pipes from freezing. And ingredients to make fabulous cocktails for myself. 

If you moved from the city to the country, what was the biggest economic shock, whether positive or negative? And what if you made the reverse move?

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