I’m almost 40. I don’t want to wake up when I am 80 and discover that I have spent the majority of my waking hours with good energy making money so I can buy stuff I don’t really need that bad! Oh wait. I don’t make any money. I don’t want Izee to wake up when he is 80 and discover that he spent the majority of his waking hours with good energy making money SO I COULD BUY STUFF I DIDN’T REALLY NEED THAT BAD!
Here are some steps we are taking to avoid that. To live a life that’s fun to live, not just make a living! We like for Izee to be able to work part time. Mainly in the mornings and home for lunch and the afternoons; to be free to be with us in the afternoons. Lately this has been to work with the boys at the property. At the old house, we played and worked in the afternoons. Hiked or gardened or kiteboarded.
1. We sold our pretty house to get out of our mortgage and be debt free. This was hard to do. I loved my house. I hated our whole mortgage situation. We are now renting in town while we work on our property.
2. We try to keep our expenses down enough so his part time work is enough to live on and save some. We simply don’t spend that much money. There are lots of blogs about living frugually. We don’t do much different than most everyone else, but maybe we are good at fixing what we have so we don’t ever buy new stuff? Izee can fix anything. I’m pretty good, too!
3. Clearly, we don’t keep any credit card balances or car payment. I drove a really crappy van for a year before we bought a nice van for me. I felt kind White-T driving around in that thing. I hated it, actually. But it’s over now and I have a pretty van. It was worth it to not spend the money till we felt like it was a smart thing to do.
4. We try not to fall into the trap that we should make more money now, just because we can. I don’t know about you, but the more we make, the more we spend. I don’t see our saving go up too much after a certain amount of income. We’d rather have time than money, I guess. But, there is a happy medium. A bunch of time with no money isn’t that fun, either!
5. Izee trades work for lots of things. We’re really blessed with a great cousin that will allow him to fix machines to use machines that we would otherwise never have access to!
6. We are taking our time on our property. Most people with a bunch of construction experience would have this clearing project done by now. But it would probably cost more. We are working together, the 5 of us, almost every day and we are learning a lot together and it’s great for the kids to see what can be done with diligence. A little bit everyday really adds up!
These are some steps we’ve taken and beliefs we have that help us to need less money and have more time. The idea that all 5 of us are home for most of the day will be another post. It sounds great, it has a down side, though! 🙂