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Yearly Costs of Owning a Pool

How much does it cost to own a pool? We are beginning a search for a new home and I want to get an idea of the extra expenses we would incur if we buy a house with a pool. I am curious to know about maintenance and insurance costs and if there are any other costs we need to consider. If any pool owners could share their approximate yearly pool costs I would appreciate it.
Karen

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Cost Considerations of RV Retirement Living

My husband is retired and I will be retiring in a year and we've decided to down size to a smaller living space. My husband really wants us to consider buying an RV because we do intend to travel. He thinks it will be cheaper than buying another home. Can anyone tell me how RV costs and maintenance compare to home costs and maintenance? From what I can tell you have to pay monthly at the various RV parks and some are not cheap. Is upkeep expensive? And repairs? We know one couple who says it is the best retirement decision they have made and another who says it has been extremely expensive for them to keep up with repairs, especially when they have to pay for a hotel room while their "home" is in the shop. They are actually "upside down" in their RV and cannot sell it now. If any frugal RV-ers can share their cost experiences I would greatly appreciate it.
R. Shaw

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