Moving to a different city or state? Use a cost of living calculator. Whether you are contemplating or planning a move to a different city or state, a great resource to use online is a cost of living calculator. It will give you a barometer of what to expect in the change in costs. It may be in your favor or it may not be. Being prepared ahead of time will help you budget for the change or assess whether a job offer is in keeping with the cost of living in your perspective new town. There are all kinds of options available online. I like the one Bankrate.com offers because it puts it into tangible comparisons that are easy to understand. Whatever one you choose, this resource will provide you a great opportunity to compare the cost of living between the city you now live in and the one you are planning to move. This will help you make critical financial decisions ahead of time and allow you to understand how the move will impact your way of life and if your new job opportunity will provide the same standard of living you are used to in your new place.