Cost of Living Forum

LongTimeLocal @longtimelocal
Joined: 2 years ago

What is the typical cost of living in Avondale?

I’ve lived in Avondale for over 20 years now, and I’m always curious to hear different perspectives on the cost of living situation here. As someone with a modest income working an office job, I find Avondale to be relatively affordable overall, but certainly more expensive than it used to be.

My main expenses are housing (I own a 2 bedroom condo), utilities, transportation, and healthcare/insurance. I’m a single guy, so food costs aren’t too crazy since I mostly cook simple meals at home. But I do like to go out to restaurants and bars on occasion as well.

I’d love to hear from others about what their major expense categories are, whether you think Avondale is affordable or not compared to your previous locations, and any money-saving tips you have for the area. What has your overall experience with the cost of living been like in Avondale?

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FamilyOf4 @familyof4
Joined: 5 months ago

As a family of four with two young kids, I find the costs for things like housing, childcare, and education to be quite steep in Avondale. We pay around $2,600 for our 3-bedroom apartment outside of the city center, plus over $1,000 per month for a private preschool. Groceries for a family this size add up quickly too, probably $800-1000 per month with how much kids can eat!

However, some costs are reasonable – we don’t own a car and get by fine with public transit using a monthly pass. Healthcare is also affordable with a family plan through my employer. Entertainment is pricey though – even a casual meal out for 4 people can easily run $60-80.

Overall I’d say Avondale has a relatively high cost of living, especially for families. But it does still seem more affordable than some major cities we’ve lived in before. We make some sacrifices, but it’s manageable with our dual incomes.

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EntryLevelMillennial @entrylevelmillennial
Joined: 9 months ago

As someone just starting out in their career, I find Avondale challenging from a cost of living perspective, but not impossible. I pay $1100 for a studio apartment reasonably close to downtown, which is about 40% of my take-home pay. Utilities are pretty standard, maybe $100 per month.

Where it really gets expensive is transportation (I have a used car which is paid off, but insurance, gas, and parking add up), plus all the little costs of socializing/entertainment. Going out to bars or restaurants multiple times per week like a lot of my friends isn’t really feasible on an entry-level salary.

But I’m able to get by for now by living fairly frugally – cooking at home, taking advantage of free community events, splitting costs with roommates, etc. It would be really tough to make it work with major expenses like children though. Avondale feels more affordable than the coastal cities I’m from, but still pretty pricey overall compared to some other parts of the country I’ve visited.

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RetiredAndLoving_It @retiredandloving_it
Joined: 2 years ago

My wife and I are both retired here in Avondale, and we’ve found the cost of living to be very reasonable compared to when we were working in Chicago. Our main expenses are our mortgage (we have a 3 bed/2 bath house in a nice neighborhood), healthcare premiums, and utilities. But we paid off most of our other major debts before retiring.

Groceries and dining out are pretty affordable, especially compared to big cities. We probably spend around $400/month on food, cooking at home for most meals but going out every so often. Entertainment is cheap with senior discounts at movie theaters and plentiful free community events.

The only complaint I have is that housing prices have risen sharply in recent years. We got our house at a great price, but it would probably cost over $300k for something similar today. But overall, Avondale has been an affordable, comfortable place for our retirement so far with our pension incomes.

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NativeNester @nativenester
Joined: 7 months ago

I was born and raised in Avondale, and from my perspective the cost of living has definitely gone up over the years but it’s still very reasonable compared to bigger cities like Phoenix or Tucson. Housing is probably the biggest expense – we pay around $1600 for a nice 3 bed/2 bath house in a safe neighborhood. But that’s a steal compared to most major metro areas.

Utilities, groceries, gas, etc. are all pretty typical and affordable for a mid-size city. We don’t go too crazy with entertainment expenses – cook at home often, do free parks/hiking, catch a movie occasionally. Apple-coded streaming helps keep costs down too. Healthcare is on the higher side with subpar insurance, but not outrageous.

Overall I’d say Avondale is a very livable city without any major sticker shocks, at least for us as a dual-income household without kids. A lot of good quality of life for the costs. I could probably do it more frugally as a single person too. It’s no rural small town, but quite affordable for a decent-sized city.

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WellHeeled_Expat @wellheeled_expat
Joined: 2 years ago

Coming from an extremely high cost of living city abroad, I find Avondale to be quite affordable overall, at least for my lifestyle. The housing costs were definitely a pleasant surprise – I was able to purchase a very nice 2-bedroom condo downtown for just over $300k, which is a fraction of what I sold my smaller flat for back home.

Groceries, utilities, transportation, and most other daily expenses are very reasonable. I splurge a bit on travel, dining out, entertainment since it’s so much cheaper than I’m used to. But my biggest expense is probably healthcare as I’m self-employed – an individual premium plus out-of-pocket costs really add up.

All things considered though, my cost of living has dropped substantially since moving here while maintaining a very comfortable quality of life. I certainly don’t feel like I need to be “wealthy” to live well in Avondale like I did in a global city. It’s been refreshingly affordable so far.

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DesertSingleMom @desertsinglemom
Joined: 2 months ago

As a single mom, I have to be pretty careful with my budget, but I’ve found that Avondale is a relatively affordable place to raise a family, at least compared to cities like Phoenix or Las Vegas that I’ve lived in before. My biggest expenses are:

– Rent for a 2-bed apartment: $1450
– Childcare for my son while I’m working: $800/month
– Groceries: $500-600/month
– Healthcare/Insurance: $400/month

On top of that, I have a car payment, utilities, gas, clothes/personal costs and the occasional night out. It’s definitely a stretch, but I’m just about making it work on my $50k salary without falling too far behind.

Housing is one area where prices have skyrocketed though – both for rentals and purchasing a home. It may get tough to upgrade to a bigger place as my son grows up. But overall, the cost of living is very manageable compared to my previous locations. There are free/cheap community activities we can do as well.

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ArtistFromLA @artistfromla
Joined: 2 years ago

Coming from Los Angeles, the cost of living in Avondale has been like a breath of fresh air! As a self-employed artist/musician, I was barely scraping by in LA even with multiple side gigs and roommates. I could never have afforded a house or decent apartment on my own.

Here in Avondale though, I was able to buy a small but lovely 2-bedroom house just outside the city center for under $200k. My mortgage payment is very manageable, as are utilities, insurance, groceries, etc. Even with an inconsistent income stream, I’m doing just fine covering all my basic expenses.

The only real downside is that bigger entertainment/culture expenses can add up quickly if I’m not careful – eating out, going to shows/concerts, art supplies, etc. But there’s such an active local arts scene with affordable community events too. Overall, it’s been so freeing to actually breathe financially and not constantly stress over costs. Avondale is a bargain compared to LA!

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DowntownDINK @downtowndink
Joined: 2 years ago

My husband and I are a double-income-no-kids couple who really enjoy the downtown Avondale lifestyle. We live in a modern 1-bed apartment right in the city center and pay around $1,700 per month in rent. But the convenience and walkability to restaurants, bars, shops, etc. is worth it for us.

Other than rent, our biggest expenses are probably:
– Dining/entertainment: We eat out or go to bars a few times per week, so this is likely $500-600/month
– Transportation: We share one car payment/insurance/gas which runs about $450/month
– Travel: We take 2-3 domestic trips per year which adds up

Day-to-day costs like groceries, utilities, etc. are pretty affordable comparatively. We make solid incomes, but have had to be fairly disciplined to make this urban lifestyle work while also saving for bigger goals like eventually buying a home.

Avondale is cheaper than cities like LA or Chicago for sure. But the downtown premium makes it a little pricier than if we lived in the suburbs. For our current stage of life though, it’s been totally worth it!

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StartupGrinder @startupgrinder
Joined: 16 days ago

As an entrepreneur running a new software startup out of Avondale, I have to be pretty lean when it comes to personal costs. The majority of my income goes right back into investing in the business for now.

Fortunately, Avondale has a pretty affordable cost of living which allows me to get by without too much financial strain. I live in a no-frills 1-bed apartment just outside downtown that runs me $1,100 per month. Groceries, utilities, internet, etc. are all quite reasonable.

My one bigger splurge is eating out fairly often – both for convenience, and to take advantage of Avondale’s excellent local food scene by supporting small businesses. I probably spend $400-500 per month on restaurants/coffee shops. But it’s still less than I was spending in the Bay Area.

Overall, keeping my personal burn rate low is allowing me to really pursue this entrepreneurial opportunity in a relatively low cost of living city. Avondale has been very startup-friendly so far in terms of affordability. Though I may have to move eventually if we hit a higher income level.

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FLRetireeBuddies @flretireebuddies
Joined: 2 years ago

We’re two recently retired buddies who moved out to Avondale from Florida last year. Coming from a higher cost of living area, we’ve both been really impressed with how affordable yet comfortable things are around here.

Our biggest monthly expenses are:
– Mortgage on a nice 3-bed, 2-bath house: $1,400 (much cheaper than Florida)
– Healthcare/insurance: Around $500 each
– Utilities: Maybe $250 total

But we saving a ton over Florida on things like groceries ($300 per month for two people), transportation (we just use one paid-off car), and entertainment. There are so many free/cheap community events, parks, golf courses, etc. to keep us busy.

Dining out is very affordable too – $40-50 can get a couple of solid meals with drinks at a local spot. We do miss being closer to the ocean. But the low overall cost of living in Avondale has been a pleasant surprise that’s allowing us to really stretch our retirement savings.

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