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Lego Horse Drawn Wagon

We’re loading up the wagons again! Credit zgrredek.

This is just a quick update about our offline happenings. If you’re not interested tune back soon for more financial nuggets of knowledge.

Yep, we’re moving again. If you’ve been following awhile, you might remember that we moved to “The Valley” earlier this year.

Now we’re on the move again. This time it will be a 1,400 mile road trip with a moving truck and a toddler. Needless to say it won’t be a quick trip, but we’ll get 22+ hours of family bonding time together.

Where Are You Going?

Glad you asked. We’re heading to Oklahoma. Yes sir. I’ll soon be an Okie. Moving from Los Angeles to Oklahoma will be a bit like the city mouse moving to the countryside. It will take a little getting used to, but we’re looking forward to being near family.

Los Angeles vs. Oklahoma Stats

  • Low Unemployment rate of 5.2% compared to 10.1% in California.
  • Cost of Living will be -36% lower while the rate of pay is -13% lower in OK than L.A.
  • Median sale price for a 2 bedroom home in Oklahoma City is $76,500; Median sale price for 2 bedroom in Los Angeles (Palms neighboorhood) is $543,196. Wow! We just might buy a whole block of homes!
  • A gallon of gas in Oklahoma is $3.12; California is $3.66. Difference of $0.54 a gallon! Nice!

Needless to say it seems to a bit cheaper and we might actually be able to be homeowners than lifetime renters. I will miss many many things in Los Angeles of course.

Places I’ll Miss in Los Angeles

  • Trader Joe’s I’ll miss your low priced organic and wholesome fair. We might just have to trek down to Dallas to stock pile your non-perishable goodness.
  • In N Out Burger– What can I say? Double Double grilled onions, Chocolate shake with fries? You’ll be missed my friend. You’ll be missed.
  • K-Town – I would drive the 405 in traffic just to eat your kimchi, bulgogi, bibimbap, and anything else put before me. Bae Go Pa!
  • Mosaic– Our tribe.
  • King Taco– This is like the Mexican food version of In N Out, only they serve tongue tacos!
  • Many cool summer date places.

I could go on and on, but this is just making me hungry.

What I Won’t Miss About Los Angeles

  • Being the only person in the room not in the movie or T.V. industry.
  • The 405.
  • June Gloom.
  • The 405.
  • LAX.
  • The 405.

I really do love L.A. I’ve lived here off and on since 2001. You are a part of me and I’m sure you’ll try to lure me back again with your 60 degree winters and 11 days of rain.

Until then our wagons are hitched and we’re making our own Oklahoma Land Run.

Downtown L.A. at night

Summer is here and opportunities abound.  Time to take your sweetheart on a date.  Mine is blogging at Red Curtain Designs  I thought I’d come up with some free to moderately inexpensive dates in Los Angeles.  Here a top ten list for you.

10 Cheap Summer Dates in Los Angeles

  1. Hiking– It’s free and a great workout.
  2. Hit the beach– Go swim, read a book, take a picnic, or you could really go local and take the ole guitar and start a bonfire.  Don’t forget the blanket!
  3. The Getty and Getty Villa- Great Museum and gardens.  You’ll have to pay for parking ($15) if you go during the day.  Also, pack a lunch  and leave it in coat room because the cafe is a bit overpriced.
  4. Go build a house or serve someone in need with your significant other.  It’s a date that will help our city.
  5. Watch the Summer Olympics starting in July! (this is a guy date).  Add hot wings for extra points.
  6. Dodgertown – Hit up the cheap seats and grab your sunscreen! $8.00 cheap seats. Take the bus and walk to stadium. Parking is $$$!
  7. The Hollywood Bowl– For as little as $7 bucks + the shuttle ride + your wine and cheese as the sun sets in Hollywood= mucho Romantic points.
  8. Go people watching in Hollywood, Santa Monica or Venice Beach and offer to take pictures for tourists.  Make it a contest!
  9. Go to Olvera Steet and have some yummy authentic Mexican food and bargain for trinkets.
  10. You can find a Farmer’s Market almost any day of the week.  Just roll through and try everyone’s samples and split some fruit with your sweetheart.
Do you have any good date spots?
(Photo by Adan Garcia)