My personal community is diverse in every conceivable way, including in levels of income. Several in my tribe are poor, and many are wildly wealthy. I used to “feel weird” being in the homes of wealthy folks. Now I’m equally comfortable visiting the homes of my broke friends and my fancy rich friends. I get a… Continue reading My Fancy Friends Are Coming For Dinner
I’m preparing for a trip. It’s not expensive—I’ll drive my son and myself in our small, fuel-efficient car to my mum’s house, where we’ll stay for free, eat in, walk a lot, play board games, and give each other second-hand gifts. My kid and I will purposely hang with strangers, because conversations with new people are… Continue reading My Maid Comes 3 Fridays From Now
My place is super cheap… partly because I do some work around the property, and partly because it’s smallish, as well as short on some of today’s amenities. For example, it came with no lines for internet or phone, no tub, no dishwasher, no washing machine, and no dryer. It is, however, comfortable, silent, pretty,… Continue reading 4 Tweaks To Make A Cheap Apartment Work
Fretting about the noise that came with this summer’s tourists, two weeks ago I applied for government housing. I’d long thought I “should” try it. By income and other trippy circumstances, I’m eligible. But, it didn’t feel right because I have savings, and other families are surely more in need. But more at issue was… Continue reading Which is Cheaper: Tiny House or Government Housing?
I would have thought it would feel the other way around: more restrictive in winter than in summer. For me, in my specific tiny house in its newest location, summer has left me feeling cramped in it for my first time. The following factors have adjusted my experience of my 450 sq foot home (one… Continue reading Tiny House Living: Squishier in Summer
Often, we compare the cost of owing and renting. We aim for a paid-off house, anticipating free shelter. Then we learn it costs anywhere from $300/month to $1000/mo to keep the home we “own.” We comfort ourselves with the fact that $300-$1000/mo (depending on the region we live in) is cheaper than “renting at current… Continue reading How To Avoid Paying Market Rent
In my book, I encourage a few spends. One is one a private mailbox. Following are six reasons I’m a fan of these. As with many of the strategies I present, some of these will seem crazy to people whose lives have been easy and stable. For those for whom my book is intended, though,… Continue reading Mailbox: Worth Its Weight In Gold