How do people afford this?

Discussion in 'DIY / Self Sufficiency' started by moomoodiddy, Oct 10, 2017.

  1. moomoodiddy

    moomoodiddy Songster 6 Years

    Jun 7, 2012
    Union County, NC
    Is there some sort of financial secret I am not seeing that lets people stay at home and play with their animals all day and still afford huge houses and cars? Do I need to win the lottery? I am all the time seeing people with the best of everything but plenty of time to spend with their animals. (Of course there is a bit of sarcasm in this, but any hints would be appreciated)
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Rolling Down The River Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    We live frugally so I can stay home while my husband works a good job. No big secret. Our house is smaller, but our place is larger. Pays to pay your bills first, save and get out of debt asap. We also waste no money eating out, buying gifts or going on vacations. All depends on your priorities in life.
  3. Nksg75

    Nksg75 Songster

    Aug 18, 2014
    Sugarland Texas
    Hmm, they are all in debt???
    They have a financial plan to pay one card off with the next???
  4. Nksg75

    Nksg75 Songster

    Aug 18, 2014
    Sugarland Texas
    Just kidding, no clue!! Can I take their place as far as the money??
  5. nminusyplusm

    nminusyplusm Crowing

    Mar 29, 2017
    Deming, NM
    I took my life savings, moved across the country and paid cash for the cheapest habitable house I could find. My truck is over 30 yrs old and doesn't have working AC, the house has plenty to fix but my expenses are low, I grow a lot of my own food and I have zero debt.
  6. Nksg75

    Nksg75 Songster

    Aug 18, 2014
    Sugarland Texas
    That's awesome! Good for you!!
    My husband paid off our house, and now we are working on the kids college savings!! Save, save save!
  7. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Crossing the Road 5 Years

    Nov 7, 2012
    My secret: Give to God first. He will take care of the rest. We lived on one income and banked the rest when we got married. Had one car, one or the other of us walked to work. Bought land, built our own modest house. I stayed home till kids were weaned, then only worked part time. There were years at a time when I'd sit down and write all of our expenses on one side of a sheet of paper, and our income on the other side. We lived frugally, no extra money for hobbies or extras. Every single month, the expense side was greater than the income side. Every single month, we gave to God first. Every single month, all bills were paid when due. Now, if we were without medical insurance, just my hubby's medications alone would equal more than his income. He drives 100 miles/day to work. We live close to the bottom of the median income level for our state. I work per diem, and often do not have any work hours for 3 weeks at a time, then only 3 - 4 hours at a time. Hubby only works 4 days/week in the winter. Bills still get paid, we are mortgage free, no car payments. Have enough money in savings to cover short term loss of income. Hubby is 3 years from retirement, and I am cautiously optimistic that our retirement investments will see us through, as long as the economy does not tank. Still, God comes first. I write a check to give to HIS kingdom at the first of every month. He has seen us through incredible hardships.

    I suggest that you look into Financial Peace University. This program has helped thousands of people achieve debt free living.

    I outline our situation above, cautiously. Always risky to post such personal details on a public forum. But, I do so, to give praise where it is due. It is possible to live within your means. It's not necessary to have a fancy house, new cars. We have become a society who want it all and want it now. Many people do not know how to "defer gratification".
  8. DuckMom2017

    DuckMom2017 Songster

    Aug 24, 2017
    I don't get to stay home with my babies all the time, but I made a major career change. I was busy commuting an hour and a half 'climbing the corporate ladder'. I liked my job but I realized work isn't everything.
    I found a job a half a mile away from my home working for a smaller company that values family time significantly more. I also get to spend my lunch hour with my babies now! We close at 5 so I'm home by 5:05 everyday. I took a little pay cut but it was totally worth it :)
  9. RodNTN

    RodNTN Hatchaolic 5 Years

    May 22, 2013
    The Volunteer State
    My Coop
    I love this! Yes, whatever you do, make sure you keep God first! Let's remember:

    But seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you- Matthew 6:33 (Don't know if I completely worded this right :p)
  10. Fairview01

    Fairview01 Songster

    Jan 26, 2017
    Dallas, TX
    +1. 20 year-old truck, no AC, just turned over 377,000 miles. No debt except for kids college loans. Married 36 years to same woman. I think that's the key. Divorces are extremely expensive; that's why they work so well.

    At 60, we still both work like dogs but we make the time available for what's important to us. I don't think we would know what to do if we didn't work. Probably get on each other's nerves a get divorce and be poor.

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