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Old 08-10-2010, 11:08 AM
 
Location: Deep in the heart of Texas
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My hubby and I really want to live like this once the kids are gone


but-will-it-make-you-happy: Personal Finance News from Yahoo! Finance (http://finance.yahoo.com/family-home/article/110275/but-will-it-make-you-happy - broken link)

It's true that when you start to pare down on material things and focus on experiences that's what makes us happy. I know it does to me.
And you don't necessarily have to be spending lots of cash to go on vacations. Heck we explore our own town and make memories.
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Old 08-10-2010, 12:29 PM
 
Location: Planet Eaarth
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American consumerism is a spectator sport all Americans are brain washed into participating in.

A good life really does mean less is enough.
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Old 08-10-2010, 03:29 PM
 
Location: Right where I want to be.
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Nice article. It's not practical for many people to go to that extreme but I don't know anyone who couldn't pare down...by a lot. My bet is that most of them would be happier with more simplicity.
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Old 08-11-2010, 01:38 PM
 
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My hubby and I really want to live like this once the kids are gone


but-will-it-make-you-happy: Personal Finance News from Yahoo! Finance (http://finance.yahoo.com/family-home/article/110275/but-will-it-make-you-happy - broken link)

It's true that when you start to pare down on material things and focus on experiences that's what makes us happy. I know it does to me.
And you don't necessarily have to be spending lots of cash to go on vacations. Heck we explore our own town and make memories.
Sometimes a little more is actually living on less. I live in Florida in the winter and the northeast in the summer. I'm healthier bc of it. And I save tons on utilty costs. Both homes are modest and paid off. It may seem outwardly that I'm living high. But I'm paying less than I would if I stayed in one place all year, all things being equal.

I buy my clothes tax free in one state, the other has a tax. And I earn my income in the state that has no state income tax. Living the migrant life is easy if you're frugal.
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Old 08-11-2010, 02:58 PM
 
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In the process of doing just that right now and the more I can shred and burn as far as paper goes and the fuller those bags for Goodwill get with clothes that don't fit or are not worn, the better I am feeling. The anchor is slowly rising to the top and we will be free of the dead weight of STUFF within the next few weeks.
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Old 08-11-2010, 02:58 PM
 
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Sometimes a little more is actually living on less. I live in Florida in the winter and the northeast in the summer. I'm healthier bc of it. And I save tons on utilty costs. Both homes are modest and paid off. It may seem outwardly that I'm living high. But I'm paying less than I would if I stayed in one place all year, all things being equal.

I buy my clothes tax free in one state, the other has a tax. And I earn my income in the state that has no state income tax. Living the migrant life is easy if you're frugal.
I knew a guy who worked in Texas during the summer and Michigan during the winter. Played the peak season for pay and off season for housing.
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Old 08-11-2010, 04:27 PM
 
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I knew a guy who worked in Texas during the summer and Michigan during the winter. Played the peak season for pay and off season for housing.
Learned a lot from the snowbirders I met in Fl over the years. One also can buy the spring clothes that go on sale here, up north, for next to nothing. I've found many ways of being frugal in something I thought, at first glance, was anti frugal.
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Old 08-11-2010, 08:26 PM
 
Location: Right where I want to be.
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Now, if I could only figure out how to cook Thanksgiving dinner with just 2 pots...???
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Old 08-11-2010, 09:23 PM
 
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Now, if I could only figure out how to cook Thanksgiving dinner with just 2 pots...???

Splurge and go out to Luby's! That's what we did last year, then picked up another prepared meal to take home for "leftovers". Best Thanksgiving I ever had, not cooking and cleaning pots! BTW, its cheaper, too!
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Old 08-11-2010, 09:46 PM
 
Location: Right where I want to be.
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Nah, I enjoy cooking Thanksgiving dinner and I am a smart shopper so I am sure it would cost much more for us all to go out than it does for me to cook.

I'm not sure if could do with just 2 pots the rest of the year either. I'm not the kind of cook who uses every dish in the kitchen but 2 pots?? Sometimes I use more than that for just one meal. Of course these folks don't have kids...I wonder how much they cook?

I do have an excess of glass bake ware....I'm sure I could get rid of some. I was just thinking today that I wish I didn't have both a blender and a mixer. I'd be very happy with just one appliance to do both jobs. I really don't like to keep a lot of gadgets and appliances but I use both.

Sometimes I find that while I like the idea of simplifying....it's just hard to actually do it.
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