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Cost of Living

When you're negotiating a new job, a good salary is relative to the portion of the country in which you live. For instance, making $50,000 a year in the rural midwest will get you much more than downtown Manhattan. Use our tools to find out how much people make in different parts of the country and read the latest articles related to cost of living.

Cost of Living Advice

  • Treating Yourself Without Breaking the Bank

    With economic uncertainty around us, now more than ever, we need to find little ways to escape from the stress and reward ourselves for hanging in there. We all need balance in our lives and deserve to treat ourselves every once in a while. … Read more...

  • 10 Ways to Stretch Your Paycheck in a Downturn

    More than 70 percent of America’s workers are still living paycheck to paycheck according to a recent American Payroll Association poll. And current tough economic times have everyone wondering what they can do to stretch their paycheck a … Read more...

  • Top Jobs for Retirees - Full Article

    Today’s seniors may either feel the pinch of the economy or be bored at home initiating the desire to return to the workforce. Volunteer work has been the standby for many retirees, but many are looking for second careers and, in some … Read more...

  • Ten Ways to Get More from Your Salary this Holiday Season

    There is always a temptation to over spend during the holidays. In light of the current economic situation it is more important than ever to avoid getting deeper in to debt in order to satisfy gift-giving obligations. Read more...

  • Survey Results: Where are you cutting back?

    In these tough times everyone is cutting back in some way. We wanted to know how your spending habits have changed in recent months. Read more...

  • The Many Jobs of a Mother's Day

    We set out to calculate mom's earning power – the cost to an employer if they had to pay cash for all that moms do. Moms told us their top 10 mom jobs and we priced the national base salary. Read more...

  • Ten Tips for Going Back to School

    Historically, there tends to be increased interest in returning to school during an economic downturn. Many laid off workers may choose to complete a degree program, pursue a new course of study, or perhaps attain an advanced degree. … Read more...

  • Is a Degree Worth the Debt?

    There is no escaping the fact that college costs are rising. The College Board reports that most students and their families can expect to pay, on average, from $95 to $1,440 more than last year for this year’s tuition and fees, depending … Read more...

  • Pay Increases in 2009 May Disappoint Workers

    The annual salary review season is upon us and employers are struggling to manage salary increases against a backdrop of continuous economic turmoil. We decided to take a look at what employees can expect for merit increases in 2009 as … Read more...

  • How the Economy May Affect Your Salary in 2009

    With the start of the New Year, employers will be finalizing their salary budgets for 2009. Many survey vendors collected, compiled and analyzed data regarding merit increases for 2009 and reported that merit budgets for 2009 were on track … Read more...