The Saving Geography: Top Resources to Locate Lowest Prices Across the United States

Local savingDoes it drive you crazy to try to compare prices of anything you want to buy? Now here are a few cool tools and resources that will do this for you – no matter where you live.

Compare the Cost of Living:

CNNMoney has just released a new tool allowing to compare prices in two cities and define the new cost of living in another city.

  • Enter your current salary;
  • Choose your current location (state and the city);
  • Select the destination (the place where you are moving to or traveling).

Step 1

Local cost of living

Step 2

Local cost of living

Compare Local Gas Prices is USA national gas temperature map (there’s also the Canadian version) which allows you to see what gas prices are around the country at a glance. Areas are color coded according to their price for the average price for regular unleaded gasoline:

  • Click and drag to move the map around (or use arrow keys) ;
  • Double-click to center the map on your mouse pointer and zoom in.
  • Right click on a county or zip to retrieve its average gas price.
  • Roll the mouse wheel upwards to zoom in one level, and downwards to zoom out one level (or use + and – keys).
  • Generate and email any location URL to a friend to show them the exact same spot on the map you were looking at before clicking the Link to Map button.
  • Use the search box to search by city, state or zip.

GasBuddy - USA National Gas Temperature Map

Find Most Affordable Cities

Based on the Housing Opportunity Index (released by the National Association of Home Builders) LifeHacker has created the housing map where you can see most affordable cities throughout America:

Ten Most Affordable Cities:

  1. Indianapolis-Carmel, IN
  2. Warren-Troy-Farmington Hills, MI
  3. Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, OH-PA
  4. Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI
  5. Grand Rapids-Wyoming, MI
  6. Syracuse, NY
  7. Dayton, OH
  8. Akron, OH
  9. Cleveland-Elyria-Mentor, OH
  10. Scranton-Wilkes-Barre, PA

Most Affordable Cities

Local Prices Directory

SalesCircular is a great place to find local prices and deals. Just click-through various states and then browse the necessary categories.

ShopLocal is another huge local pricing directory allowing to browse through local deals:

  • See the index of top cities;
  • Search by city or zip code.