The Cost of Living in Massachusetts

The Cost of Living in Massachusetts

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bostonbob1726

Nottingham, MD

#1 Aug 28, 2007
The cost of living is getting out of control in Massachusetts. I've found a few ways to save money in this state, but if you have any discount success stories, please share. The two I like the best are consumerunited.com which saves money on car insurance and electricity, and restaurants.com which gives sometimes substantial discounts on gift certificates to restaurants. What have you done to lessen the impact of the high cost of living?
guitarmaestro

Boston, MA

#2 Sep 4, 2007
Thanks for the consumerunited.com suggestion. I thought you couldn't get discounts on auto insurance in Massachusetts, but apparently groups can. I'm saving a bunch this year now that I got their 10% discount.

I moved to Brookline, which gives me access to the T and buses. This saves me lots of money on gas that I no longer have to spend.

I also checked around my place for air leaks and other areas that were costing me extra in heating and cooling expenses. Fixing things like that can lower your energy bills a lot.
leslieZEE
#3 Sep 12, 2007
bostonbob,

Can you also get consumer united in Maryland? If not, why is it only for people in Massachusetts to save money?
SimpleJoe

Brookline, MA

#4 Sep 15, 2007
bostonbob1726 wrote:
The cost of living is getting out of control in Massachusetts. I've found a few ways to save money in this state, but if you have any discount success stories, please share. The two I like the best are consumerunited.com which saves money on car insurance and electricity, and restaurants.com which gives sometimes substantial discounts on gift certificates to restaurants. What have you done to lessen the impact of the high cost of living?
both of those sites seem pretty cool. thanks for the recommendation
Jargonite

Brookline, MA

#5 Sep 19, 2007
Thanks for the heads up about those sites. The consumer group one seems like a great idea, and goes along with the concept of collective action, which I'm always a fan of!
bostonbob1726 wrote:
The cost of living is getting out of control in Massachusetts. I've found a few ways to save money in this state, but if you have any discount success stories, please share. The two I like the best are consumerunited.com which saves money on car insurance and electricity, and restaurants.com which gives sometimes substantial discounts on gift certificates to restaurants. What have you done to lessen the impact of the high cost of living?
SarahS17

Baltimore, MD

#6 Sep 21, 2007
Does anyone know how the group actually works?
kristen

Boston, MA

#7 Sep 21, 2007
I'm college-educated, unemployed, and can completely relate.
Just read that for the first time in a decade, unemployment in Mass was higher than the national average last year.
The Bay State Banner had a good article,“Only Michigan and Louisiana have experienced deeper job losses than Massachusetts since 2001.”
Check it out for yourself: http://www.go-newz.com/
Amanda4

Pittsburgh, PA

#8 Sep 24, 2007
It's not easy to get by here. Though it does seem like Consumer United is committed to lowering the cost of living in the state. Their car insurance discount, especially, is impressive at 10%. Check them out at www.consumerunited.com
Jargonite

Brookline, MA

#9 Sep 26, 2007
SarahS17 wrote:
Does anyone know how the group actually works?
Their concept is pretty simple really. By bringing people directly to the service providers, the service providers don't have to spend as much money trying to attract customers, hence the discount. I just don't know why I didn't think of this!

Since: Sep 07

Boston

#10 Sep 27, 2007
Does it work like a buying club? Has anyne had any experience with these people?
guitarmaestro

Brookline, MA

#11 Sep 30, 2007
If you mean places like Costco, then the answer is yes and no. It's like a Costco in that you become a member of an organization that gives you special access to lower prices. But unlike Costco, you don't have to pay a membership fee to join. You also don't have to buy a 50-pack of auto insurance. That would be odd.

Since: Sep 07

Boston

#12 Oct 4, 2007
Fair enough. Do they do anything in addition to insurance?
guitarmaestro

Brookline, MA

#13 Oct 8, 2007
They do electricity now too. Just check out their website for future deals. I can't wait til they get a deal on cable.

Since: Sep 07

Boston

#14 Oct 9, 2007
Their site is really easy to navigate. it'd be better though if they offered other money saving tips or coupons. does anyone have any suggestions on where to find those?
guitarmaestro

Brookline, MA

#15 Oct 14, 2007
That package of coupons you get in the mail once in a while but usually throw out...do not throw that out. There's usually a bunch of useful coupons.

Since: Sep 07

Boston

#16 Oct 18, 2007
but they're mostly for stuff you don't need like new flooring or a discount on swimming floor installation. any tips on everyday items?
jacobytheway

Brookline, MA

#17 Oct 21, 2007
Stop eating out and start cooking. Even the most kitchen-illiterate people can learn to cook simple, healthy meals that take 30 minutes to cook and are MUCH cheaper than eating out. My friends waste so much money every week because they never bothered to learn to cook.
Amelia18

Pittsburgh, PA

#18 Oct 24, 2007
Cooking for just one person sometimes isn't very cost effective, though. It's important to learn to make meals that can be frozen or last a few days. Don't forget those coupons when you go to the grocery store.

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