Definitely leaving Florida
I have struggled financially here ever since I broke my arm and had to spend all my savings two years ago. It got worse after my BF and I broke up. I have come to the conclusion that unless you have two incomes, want a roommate (which I don't), or have a master's degree and a great income, you don't belong here. My house payments are comparatively low, below $600 a month, and still, it's too much.
I can't make it on one income. I made more in SC 12 years ago than I'm offered here for comparable work. Being born and raised in the true south, I don't relate to the northern mentality with the bosses down here. I'm tired of working two jobs, being exhausted all the time, and then getting fired from one of the jobs because I can't do the work, because I'm tired all the time. The emotional toll is just too much, along with the blow after blow to my self-esteem and self-worth.
It's all too much. I can sell my house here, and with the money I make, buy a home in S. Georgia and pay cash for it. No mortgage payment, no hurricanes, no outrageous taxes and insurance costs.
I know many people won't understand, but I've been here eight years, and have seen so many people come down here from the north with high hopes, and then leave because they couldn't make it financially here. One of my neighbors, a retired couple on a fixed income, is moving next week due to rising insurance and taxes. They've been here 5 years, and were planning on dying here. Add me to the list. Hopefully, my house isn't foreclosed on before I can sell it.
It's been real, it's been fun, but it hasn't been real fun, especially in the last three years. I'll be having a plant sale in the next couple of weeks here in North Port. I'll let you now when. Everything in pots will have to go. Might even sell some "u dig" stuff if I can't find a buyer who wants to take care of the yard. Can't take tropicals to Georgia.