it's a wonderful life  

Philosophy_N_Sex 49M/47F
1147 posts
6/11/2005 11:11 pm

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it's a wonderful life

Back to basics.
Dr Bear and no strings grrl two I read regularly have mentioned a simpler back to basics type life. Where you don’t make payments on a boat or some other toy that you only use twice a year. You don’t keep up with the Joneses; you let the Joneses have their toys.

For two years we have been surfing the frugal living web pages, the urban self-sufficiency tips and hints. It takes a while to change your life this way. Used to be if I wanted it, I had a visa with 200 more on it. Did not feel like cooking, lets hit the Sizzler.

We saw that the bosses controlled our life, no us. We saw the debt mounting up, but not the savings. We tried to make the bonuses, national rankings, hit those sales goals. Wow I hit my goals and guess what I got 3% of my sales increase as a bonus. Ok who was the schmuck?

Wifey and I both took a week off one year. We just drove, when we saw something interesting; we stopped and looked at it. We fell into a rut of the spouse was another resource to better your business position. We forgot why we got married, that we are both funny intelligent, soulful, warm giving people. We started thinking of our spouse as the corporate did, SOMETHING TO COMSUME.

We returned from the trip, and decided to change things. Cut up the credit cards, returned the fancy furnishing to the week-by-week rental place (schmucks I tell ya). As the years went by we got better and better at this.

Now grocery shopping is a game. We hawk coupons, sales, buy one get one ect ect. We make fun outing at second hand stores to see what is there. We arranged finances to live on one income, and still have what we need.

We use the envelope method to budget. For vacations we put away a little. Any time we are under budget in any area say groceries, the vacation fund gets it, great motivation to shop smart. Our kids enjoy it as well, except when they dig in the trash for more circulars, and come home needing a bath.

We are hoping to get a plot of land and build an earth ship type house. Will still be hooked to the power grid, but the house will be partially self-sufficient. A hybrid house. My exer-cycle will generate enough power for the computer grin. If I can figure out how to synchronize and electric motor to a gas engine should be able to self-hybrid a car.

We love having more time for each other. We raise our kids, not some daycare. We eat better, and enjoy smelling the roses. We can count our bills with 7 fingers, muhahhahah (evil laughter).

Have a great day in the slow lane.

rm_notsoold65 51M

6/12/2005 12:36 am

way to go, thats what im talking about,good clean livin

rm_txrose4uNTX 57F
3289 posts
6/12/2005 4:55 am

I was semi-raised at my Grandma's ranch... I miss that sort of simple life... raising your own veggies and fruit... raising your own beef and pork and chicken.... yummm...

Philosophy_N_Sex 49M/47F

6/12/2005 12:53 pm

We both grew up on farms as well. Took me a while to understand "free range" Our cattle and chickens were all free range. I rememebr the corporate feed lots, and all they did was stink for miles. When my father sold the farm and we moved to town, I remember the milk tastes weak, the beef was "off" and the eggs tasted like rubber. After a while I got used to this "city food." Oh yeah I still never got used to cholorinated water, take my brita I will die a slow death.
We do hope to get a small plot here in the city. We can have 5 chicken with out any special permits and such. Plenty of local veggie vendors. We do not eat much beef anymore, but several farmers will sell a free range beef for a good price. Often 2 or 3 families go in together on a beef, or some pultry.
Yesterday we went for a drive and walk along the snake river. Saw some nice trout and soem nice trout other folks had caught. There are several big cattle feedlots along the snake river. We love the river, and we love fish & crawdads, but what crap is getting into the river and fish from those places?

idahoSmile 51M
27 posts
6/12/2005 5:12 pm

I didn't grow up on a farm per say but almost always in the country. I can relate to wanting to get away.

Just finished my house this spring (not a hybrid). It's about 3 miles out of town and sits on 5.5 acres. Plan to raise animals and such. So far there are 2 dogs, 2 cats and 2 goats (Noah, eat your heart out). Going to be raising a couple cows next year when it's all fenced and my kids adore chickens so they are in the future as well. The property has a stream (irrigation runs off into it)and there are deer, fox, pheasant and quail running around. The place is like - Nirvanna.

It's taken a long time to get here. Keep your eye on the prize. It's there. Best of luck.

Apolybear 54M

6/13/2005 9:38 am

Living debt free means no one owns you. Otherwise your house, toys and employer all own a piece of your soul. I'll never go back.

I'm not sure I'll ever give up the grid, but I'll be rebuilding my car in the future instead of buying a new one.

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