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Back in May of 2022, Florida was listed as the least affordable state in the U.S. As someone who was born and raised in the Sunshine State, I’m not surprised.
If you followed my hunt to find an apartment, it proves that Florida is incredibly overpriced, especially based on what the average millennial makes on salary — even more so in popular Southern cities, such as Miami-Fort Lauderdale.
In fact, Miami was named one of the most expensive places in the world for a lavish lifestyle. According to ZipRecruiter, to comfortably seek residence in the Magic City, you need to make $53,662/year. The average American in Florida makes less than that, at $48,503/year.
With rent, groceries, entertainment, health and wellness, and emergency funds, the bills add up aggressively. So, as a local, who proudly supports herself, here is a list of things I do to save some cash to enjoy my favorite city!
I cut my grocery costs down…without buying less.
The exterior of Publix.
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The best way to cut my grocery costs down was not to buy less but to buy at a cheaper-priced location.
The premiere grocery store in Florida is, of course, Publix and it was a very difficult decision to cut ties with, but my bank account needed some support, spending over $100 on just one person’s groceries every week became too much.
So now I choose to shop at discount places like Aldi’s. They don’t have name brands, but the product is effectively the same. Also, they don’t use grocery bags, which is a big reason why costs are so low. What I typically spend at Publix gets cut in half at Aldi’s.
This swap saved me money by getting the same amount of food.
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