Wondering what things cost in Austin Texas? I’m going to bare my soul here and let you in on what I pay. I’m not sure if I’m average or not – so you’ll have to decide on your own if your bills will be similar.
|City of Austin||This bill includes power, water, sewage, trash and recycling. My January bill was around $125, and it got up to $250 in August. I just installed a new AC unit, so this might go down this summer. I have a 1600 s ft house that is 50 years old, so newer homes might be more efficient with cooling.|
|Gas||My water heater, heater and stove are all gas appliances. Last winter I paid $210 in January, and $15 in August.|
|Car Insurance||My husband and I both drive mid-range 4-door sedans, and pay about $550 per car per year.|
|Home Insurance||I pay about $1100 per year on my 50 year old, 1600 s ft house.|
|Property Taxes||Ouch. I paid $6700 this past year for my house in Central Austin. Keep in mind that Texas has no state income tax, so they make it up here.|
|Daycare||My daughter goes to a wonderful daycare near my house, and I pay $830/month. You can find cheaper ones, but I’m happy with the one she goes to.|
|Phone & Internet||I pay about $50/month for internet. I haven’t had a landline in 4 years. We’re supposed to get Google Fiber in 2014!|
|Satellite TV||I don’t get this anymore, but when I did it was $70/month for basic satellite TV with 150 channels, no premium stations like HBO.|
|Cell Phone||I pay $80/month for my iPhone bill with AT&T.|
This list is reminding me how much it sucks to be an adult sometimes.
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