Where Your Money Goes Farthest

Even though inflation is taking its toll all across America there are some places where the cost of living is low enough that people can make their money stretch. If you are thinking anywhere on the east or west coast think again as those are prime spots for high taxes and even higher food and commodity prices.

The south and midwest are the places  where your dollar will go the farthest. These areas tend to also have lower average annual incomes so it helps level the playing field. Here is a look at the comparison of what a hundred dollar bill will buy in different areas of the country.

Mississippi is the national leader for value for your money. The low cost of living and price of everyday items makes it the best place for your hard earned cash. Mississippians  can buy almost 16% more than the national average.

Compare that to the District of Columbia which is the highest and can buy only $84.60  worth of merchandise for the same $100. Hawaii, New York, and New Jersey came in the next spots on the low side at $85.32, $86.66, and $87.64.

Comparing the state of Kentucky to the District of Columbia would show that a person in Kentucky would have to make $13,000 more a year to keep the same standard of living in DC. A $40,000 income in Kentucky is equivalent to $53,000 in DC.

Other states on the low end of the cost scale are Arkansas at $114.16, and Missouri and Alabama at $113.51. So if you are looking for value you have a few choices.

One component of the equation is the state income tax. The rates are lower in those states that rank the highest for the most part and higher in those that are on the low end. California has the highest state income tax at 13.3% while six states ( Washington, Wyoming, Nevada, South Dakota, Florida, and Texas)have none.

Electricity is a cost that is sky rocketing. Saving money by creating your own seems to be the wave of the future. The earth4energy review might be able to help you in this regard.

Baseball and Apple Pie

There is nothing better in the world of sports in my mind than the Little League World Series. Twelve and thirteen year old boys playing the game at a very high level. Showcasing their talents in front of thousands of fans at the baseball park there in Williamsport, Pennsylvania and millions more on TV.

The 2014 tournament is much like the prior meetings but has a twist this year. A girl is playing for the Philadelphia team. There have been a few girls make it to the Series before but none of them were able to do what Mo’ne Davis has done.

This 13 year old young lady from Philadelphia threw a shut out in her first game at the series. That has never been done by a girl and it may be awhile before it happens again. She did it using only 70 pitches which is also a good feat in itself. By limiting her throws she is able to come back and pitch again after a two day rest which is good news for her team.

There are other stories of note coming out of the series like the 4′ 8″ dynamo from Mexico  that blasted a ball out of the park and the 6’4″  player from Puerto Rico who is – well 6’4″. Then there is another girl who plays for Canada who was just inches short of hitting a home run herself.

The Little League World Series is everything you want from sports. Good plays, good hits, great pitching, and great sportsmanship. These kids truly play the game because they love it.

Another thing I like is saving money and taking control of my future. After reading the earth4energy review I now know there is a choice when it comes to where I get the electricity for my home.