I found an interesting article about the most inexpensive states to live in in the US. Oddly enough, several of them were states I was already looking at: Indiana and Oklahoma made the list. I would love best of all to stay in Washington or Oregon, but it may not be possible with the cost of living. If I do somehow manage to get my cottage built, I want to be sure I can afford the yearly costs with money left over to buy food, prescriptions, etc. Here's the article, with a breakdown of costs and the rental vs. buying information.
Cheapest States In America