A Rich Man Took His Son To See What It Was Like To Be Poor, And This Is What Happened
Usually the decisions we make about where to live and where to work are made around many factors. Those often include family members, friends, job, church, continuity of schools for the kids, sports, etc. Different ages and stages in life lead to different types of decisions. One who is freshly out of high school is thinking about different things than the family with their third baby on the way. The couple who's last child gets married and leaves the nest is suddenly left with decisions about downsizing, keeping the family home, or what to do from here.
When the budget is good, it can be more worth your time to hire help and pay full price for things. When you have time on your hands, it's usually better to do things yourself and save money. When I look back at the stages of my life, I was in the hardest of times when I graduated from college. I was in debt up to my ears, and had lived in the dorms, so it was my first time out on my own. I taught piano to a young lady who's family lived in a mobile home, and commuted far to the country for her lessons. Her parents were very thrifty and knew where to get all the best prices on things. I learned about mis-tinted paint, and where to buy it for $1.00 per gallon. I learned about thrift stores, when they got their shipments in, and when they would drop prices to nothing to make room for more goods. I watched and learned from a family who had been in town long enough to build relationships and knew all the ins and outs of surviving on a small budget, that it carried me through every hard-time roller coaster of my life.
There are always going to be trade-offs. If you live in the city, you might be close to everything, and not spend much on gas. Living in the country might mean a lot of miles to the grocery store. That's when growing your own food is even more appealing.
You can always keep an eye on the free section of Craigslist for curb alerts and great stuff when people are moving out. Just select your city and check it out! But watch out for bed bugs, and remember to clean it up before you bring it in the house. You'll save a lot of headaches that way.
In the comments below, I would love to see the great deals you found on a home or at a garage sale or re-sale of sorts. Or share your story of hard times, and how you came through it.... or how you're still in it. The advice and counsel of those who have been there often helps us to get through those times.
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