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I started a new blog, it's about simple living. Here it is:


or you can LIKE the facebook page to get updates.

Let me know what you think.

Not sure what this means for my LJ. I'm not ready to call it quits, but I'll be posting less frequently.



Oct. 12th, 2011 09:19 pm (UTC)
yay a new blog for me to read!

i think it's funny that over all these years of different experiences, we seem to have landed in similar places -- at least philosophically similar, if albeit physically different. i admire your choice to be frugal in the city. i think it takes a whole other level of gumption. out here in the country, everyone is a little frugal in their own way -- cars are old, clothes are beaten up, etc. when we visited seattle/belleve two weeks ago, it was a CRAZY reminder of how not everyone lives like us! the affluence! woah!

... i was just scanning the latest blog entries and was happy to see "your money or your life" mentioned. we read that book when we were first married, so ten or eleven years ago. i feel like it has been so pivotal for everything that casey and i do. i've stopped even thinking about it, because it's just THERE, the base of almost EVERYTHING. sometimes when i'm talking to others, i realize just how important it was because other people AREN'T on the same wavelength. simple things, like deciding to have one of us be rusty's primary caregiver. people think they "can't" quit work (or can't have kids for financial reasons), but it's a CHOICE, right? i mean, maybe neither partner wants to be home with the kid, which is a different issue, but i know so many people who just assume they can't afford it. but they've never actually crunched the numbers or set priorities about spending. and so they just let fear and lack of information run their lives, including REALLY important parts of LIFE. so, yeah, good book. i should mention it on facebook, because wow everyone should read it (imo).
Oct. 13th, 2011 05:30 am (UTC)
It is interesting to see how people's philosophies shape up as they grow older. But I'm not surprised that ours are so similar.

I guess the familiar path seems easier, because to me it seems more natural to be frugal in the city, where you don't need a car, and there are many public services nearby. But you're right about going against the crowd. Guess I'm just used to being different.

YMOYL totally changed my life, for the better. I wish I'd read it years ago, but luckily I already had some healthy, positive financial habits (mostly learned from my parents who are frugal, via my grandparents who still live like it's the Great Depression)

Did you read my LJ post about the financials of stay at home parenting? It turned into a pretty heated discussion on facebook. I totally agree with you that it's a choice (for most middle-class families w/ two able-bodied adults), but I didn't come out and say it.

Have you read Tightwad Gazette? It's not as life-changing as YMOYL but it's got lots of frugal tips.
Oct. 13th, 2011 03:28 pm (UTC)
oh man, sorry i missed that post when you originally wrote it! i went through a period of not readying LJ this summer, and i think i missed it.

actually, i think someone staying at home makes even more sense for lower income families (and you would probably actually see more moms at home in that bracket), because even that low $11k that alexis cited on facebook is equivalent to after-tax minimum wage for a 40 hour workweek. so unless a mom can bring in much more than that, it REALLY doesn't work out. i don't think we could justify the cost at all, so in some ways our "decision" to watch rusty ourselves is a de facto financial one, even though i feel good about it for a million of other ones. from my calculations, it's really only the middle class or wealthy who can truly afford child care (especially good child care).
Oct. 13th, 2011 04:26 pm (UTC)
You're right, I had it backwards.

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