You see, when everyone in a city does their own maintenance and people don't travel much, companies have to tax
Cheaper in Pittsburgh:
- Rent/Mortgage (probably taxes too, but I don't own, so I do not know)
- Car notes
- Car insurance
- The salon - $35-$55 for a natural hair wash/blow dry. Oh ok! (I don't go to the salon here, but if I was forced, I'd save some money)
- Dranks - Liquor at the store, drinks at the bar, bottle service. You can get wasted for the low, low here
- Valet Parking - I haven't seen it over $6
- Downtown Parking - I haven't seen it over $13 a day, no matter what time you go in or out and street meters are like a quarter per hour.
- Mani/Pedis - I seriously paid $43 for a basic mani/pedi. What the what?
- Waxing (of any kind)
- Eyebrow Threading - $25? For what? Are you threading my eyebrows with diamond crusted silk? Also, there are no talented, reasonably priced brow artists here. I would rather look like a wilderbeast until I can get to Lakeview Salon than to keep trying out these wack salons.
- Domestic Flights - there are no direct flights to anywhere except Chicago, NYC and D.C. from here and I HATE it. Sometimes I need to go to other places besides Chicago, NYC and D.C.
- International flights - I have currently been online for 90 minutes trying to get a ticket to Jamaica under $500. It's a weekend getaway. Why would I pay $621 to fly? That's hustling backwards. I have considered airlines I said I'd never fly again. I have considered spirit. I have considered a 23 hour layover. It's just ridiculous that I even have to go through this.
- Dry cleaning - There are no one-price cleaners here. When I go home I seriously consider taking a luggage full of dirty clothes to take to the one-hour cleaners in Chicago. If I ever go home for more than a weekend, this is a strong consideration. $90 for 9 pieces vs. $20 for dry cleaning is a big difference. I could get a one-way flight from Chicago to ATL with that extra $70, meanwhile in Pittsburgh, I just have creased pants.
I'm not complaining. I'm simply making a note to myself (and anyone else considering a medium sized city who has never ventured here before) to watch the bottom line. It's not how much I spend, but how much I keep that determines my wealth.
Now back to this search. Let me see what priceline is talmbout.