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

http://foundryintheforest.wordpress.com



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.

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bostonsteamer
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.
bugorama
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).
bostonsteamer
Oct. 13th, 2011 04:26 pm (UTC)
You're right, I had it backwards.

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