We should feel rich in Idaho. Compared to Delaware anyway.

One hundred dollars goes a lot further in Idaho than it does in other places and here's how much.

Mississippi and Arkansas get the biggest bang for their buck, but Idaho isn't far behind.  The real value of a hundred bucks in Idaho is $107.07, so our dollar stretches further here than it does in thirty other states.

So if we have $500 to our credit, we can actually buy $535.35 worth of stuff here.  The kids will suck that up during one back-to-school shopping trip, but in theory it works and we should feel good about it.

Even though we're not lagging behind, we're not exactly ahead of the rest of the country either. Idaho ranks 20th among states when it comes to the real value of $100, according to the Tax Foundation.  If we really want to have purchasing power, we need to move to states like Mississippi, Kentucky, Arkansas, South Dakota, or Alabama where the cost of living is cheap and retail prices are low.

Hmm....even if you're flat broke, at least you're in a cool spot like Idaho.

And if you have a hundred bucks in your pocket, you're richer than you think you are.