I have read many things like this (and this website as well). I get a lot of good ideas from them, plus best of all it reassures me when I start to feel like survival is becoming too difficult. Too many people get caught up in trying to find hypocrisies in moneyless people rather than learning things they could apply to their own lives right now.
Originally Posted by MightyWindmill
I have never bought a house. I've never bought a car (but I've owned several that were given to me.) I've only ever had one credit card and I pay it in full. I had one very small student loan, paid off 5 years after graduation. I took out a small loan for a motorscooter once, that too was paid off a million years ago. Other than these things, I have never had any debt. I even paid off my ex-husbands debts.
Originally Posted by I_EAT_COWS
I always felt like full-time work was a prison sentence, which is partly why it took me until I was 32 to have a full-time job. The other part is it took me way more than 4 years to get my bachelor's degree.
Now I don't think full-time work is exactly a prison sentence. I don't think I would use my time wisely right now if I didn't have a job. I spent some time recently with part-time jobs and they're still as much a prison sentence. What you really want to get out of prison are seasonal jobs. Seasonal jobs you can return to. Then you get time to go do other things but still have a job when the season starts again. I was really happy when I had a seasonal job. It allowed me to spend two winters working and two spring/summers hiking for two years in a row without eating up all my savings.
Yeah, that's the seasonal work lifestyle. It works as long as you are not too enamored with comfort, status and security. The trick is to find out how far you can personally go before you feel like you've gone too far away from your own comforts, and your own measures of status and security. For me, I can go really far for a while, and then I get tired of the discomforts. The worry about what will happen to me when I get old and don't have enough money saved up (there's status and security) also gets to me and brings me back to the world of money. So I've found a line that's just a little too far on the side of money right now, but there's hope it will be better in the future.
Originally Posted by Jenry Hennings
Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.