DH offered new job in MN but...

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DH offered new job in MN but...
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Fri, 01-25-2013 - 9:58pm

My DH is a truck driver for a comany out of Minnesota and he pulls over sized equipment. Well, this past week he notified the company he was going to be leaving at the end of Feb. His reason is because the division he works in is a new division in a long standing company and as a result he isn't making the money he should be with the equipment he has. He told them he could be home with both of us working and make the same as what he makes alone on the road for a month at a time. So, the bosses had a discussion and said they would wrk something out with him. He told them if they would be willing to help him make more money that he'd be willing to move us to a place where he runs through a lot more often then where we are now. That way he would be by the house and we could see him more often. After he told them that the company owner offered him a guaranteed office position within the next 3-6 months if he would move us to where the company is located. 

Now, here's the problem with that. The company is in central Minnesota and we are in southern Indiana right now. We have begun looking at the cost of living there and it is literally double what we pay right now for rent for the same sized place. Everywhere we have looked that would be reasonably close to the office is at least $1200 a month. That's a whole lot more money than what we are used to paying. I don't know yet what his pay will be but I am just really nervous that it's still going to be too low. I have no issue about working too once we get there but it's just getting there. 

Are any of you residents of Minnesota and if so, how do you balance out the cost of living there? Are the wages higher to acommodate the cost of housing there? Just curious to see what others might say to maybe help ease my nerves. We are both really excited about the opportunity as this will be a position he has been working for for nearly 10 years...and it will get him OFF THE ROAD!! :) I am just wondering how those who live there are able to afford it. Any advie?

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Sun, 02-10-2013 - 11:11pm

Hello mom2gabez,

My name is Karla and I'm new here, but I was born and raised in MN.  We lived there (off and on) until about 4 years ago when we moved to Alaska.  We are now currently living in Texas.  I have one son, 8 months, named Grayson who is adopted.  Long awaited, and such a joy.

What area of central MN are you relocating to? Or thinking about relocating to?  I have friends all over the state, perhaps I know someone in that area.  It's like any other state.  Some places are more expensive others are less expensive.  Where are you looking for your rental information?  $1200 seems a bit high, unless you're in the Twin Cities area.  Meaning outer lying areas that people commute from.  It's a large state so I'll try to help in anyway I can.

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Registered: 07-25-2001
Sun, 02-10-2013 - 11:11pm

Hello mom2gabez,

My name is Karla and I'm new here, but I was born and raised in MN.  We lived there (off and on) until about 4 years ago when we moved to Alaska.  We are now currently living in Texas.  I have one son, 8 months, named Grayson who is adopted.  Long awaited, and such a joy.

What area of central MN are you relocating to? Or thinking about relocating to?  I have friends all over the state, perhaps I know someone in that area.  It's like any other state.  Some places are more expensive others are less expensive.  Where are you looking for your rental information?  $1200 seems a bit high, unless you're in the Twin Cities area.  Meaning outer lying areas that people commute from.  It's a large state so I'll try to help in anyway I can.

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Registered: 09-07-2000
Fri, 02-01-2013 - 4:32pm

I've lived in Indianapolis, and I've lived in the Chicago area.  I know what you mean about the cost of living being much lower in central/southern Indiana.  If he's going to be taking on a job in Minnesota, the company should give him a cost of living increase to offset some of that expense.  Has he negotiated a new salary yet?

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Registered: 08-31-2011
Sat, 01-26-2013 - 10:21pm

I wish I had some advice for you. I know what it's like to have a husband who can't be at home a lot because of work so I know how excited you both are about this. As far as pay and living expenses go, I would think that since the cost of living is higher that pay would be higher as well, but I can't say for sure. But I wish you both luck and hope everything works out for the best!