My 'kinda' 5 year plan

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  1. flyingmonkeypoop

    flyingmonkeypoop Overrun With Chickens

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    The other day at work my coworkers and I were talking about our future and all and we decided to share our 5 year plan. I have been working on mine for a few years now, it was a 10 year plan a couple years back but now its my 5 year plan. Its what I want to get done soon. For me its more like 5 1/2 years but close enough. So here it is.

    First I will pay off my truck (only owe about 1500 on it out of 2800). As soon as that is payed off I want a new laptop and I will be set for now for the big basics. Here in Washington minimum wage is $8.55 per hour and I work full time so I figure that even if min. wage doesnt go up for 5 years I should have atleast 60,000 saved up. I am planning to 'couch surf' until then, living with friends and family so I dont have to pay rent and all that fun stuff. After working for a year I will get 2 weeks paid vacation a year until 5 years when it will be up to 3 weeks which is nice. So anyway I started work in the fall but want to move in the spring, thats why it is my 5 1/2 year plan. A soon as I get vacation I am planning a road trip to the Southeast, I have tons of friends down there all over the place and thats where I want to move. I plan on spending time down there and doing some research to find the right area to move to.
    As soon as I have money saved up I will start looking for a place. I want atleast 20 acres with lots of trees, a natural source of water would be nice but not mandatory. Even if I find just a chunk of land I would be thrilled and would have a pole building built with a few rooms inside then a barn or some sort of outbuildings. Once all that is done I will look for work, I have no career but work at a petstore and have lots of livestock skills so something along those lines at min. wage would be good, just enough to pay the bills and all. Once I have the place and a job I will get ready to move.
    For moving I plan to have a friend or two come along with me. I will get down to the bare minimums like a tv, microwave, dishes, inflatable mattress, clothes, and such, no big stuff. For livestock I would want to take a pair or trio of good border collies and some dairy goats as well as some poultry, just not that many since its much easier to get poultry in the mail than a goat, LOL. My critters would be unrelated to the stock down there so I wouldnt have to worry about new blood being related to mine right away. I figure I could fit the critters in a horse trailer and the rest of my stuff in the bed of the truck. If I have some friends go along either with me or in a seperate vehicle we could basically take turns driving and get there in a couple days instead of a week.
    As far as the state, I was thinking somewhere in the middle of the Southeast. I like snow but not too much and I dont like the blazing heat. I was thinking maybe Tennessee or maybe even Northern Louisiana, some place like that. I want a longer growing season for veggies (instead of the maybe 2 months we have here). One thing that I dont want is freezing cold winters. Here we get down to below 0 all the time in the winter it seems and tons and tons of snow. Plus I like southern accents way better than Washingtons plain way of talking.

    Anyone else have a cool five year plan?
     
  2. texasgal

    texasgal Brood with an Attitude

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    We're well into our 5 year plan ..

    I say .. go for it! Reach for your goals, don't step on anyone along the way .. and remember, many things are more expensive and take longer than you expect ..

    but ..

    Dreams DO come true!
     
  3. DuckLady

    DuckLady ~~~Administrator~~~BYC Store Support Staff Member

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    Michael, I have "known" you since you were a kid. I have no doubt that you will attain your goals. [​IMG]
     
  4. chickensducks&agoose

    chickensducks&agoose Chillin' With My Peeps

    As part of your 5 year plan, you should start taking some online or real life nighttime community college courses. if you take 2 classes a semester, plus 2 in the summer, that's 6 a year, or 18 credits! If you're not a felon, you can get some real good grants, or loans you don't have to pay back until you graduate, and then even it's real low interest. That way, you can get a career and a good paying job along the way! Or even take a 8 week LNA (liscensed Nursing assistant) course, and make $11 + an hour, all shifts, and all locations (nursing homes always need LNAs, and men are in short supply!)
     
  5. flyingmonkeypoop

    flyingmonkeypoop Overrun With Chickens

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    Thanks everyone. Yeah Terry, its hard to think that I have been around this BYC and the old one for like 6 years now.
    The college route is a good one but I dont like owing money even if I can pay it off. Thats why I paid a majority of my truck up front, well about 1/3 of it. I will think about it though, online courses seem easy enough, I could probably even do it at work alittle (I have hour lunches)
     
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Good to have a plan, even if it has to be tweaked in the future. And when you move down here, drop in and see me, Michael. I'm in GA very close to where TN, NC and GA meet.
     
  7. NurseNettie

    NurseNettie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Adding to this suggestion- if you don't want to take on any loans ( don't forget- you can apply for grants- you don't have to pay back), you should consider at least some education. Once you're settled into the area where you are considering living longer term, and if healthcare does interest you- CNA (what we call them here) certifications can be had without much cost, if you find a nursing home or hospital who'll train you. You usually owe a certain amount of time on the job, for their time- but as the poster above says- you can earn a decent amount above minimum wage, and once your time commitment is done with the facility who trains you, you can always become a per-diem employee, or work for a temp agency in order to work as much ( or as little, if you plan on a lot of self sufficiency) as you choose.

    chickensducks&agoose :

    As part of your 5 year plan, you should start taking some online or real life nighttime community college courses. if you take 2 classes a semester, plus 2 in the summer, that's 6 a year, or 18 credits! If you're not a felon, you can get some real good grants, or loans you don't have to pay back until you graduate, and then even it's real low interest. That way, you can get a career and a good paying job along the way! Or even take a 8 week LNA (liscensed Nursing assistant) course, and make $11 + an hour, all shifts, and all locations (nursing homes always need LNAs, and men are in short supply!)​
     
  8. onthespot

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    If you don't like owing money, then all the MORE reason to get an education/career. For a couple years invested in yourself, you can find a job like dialysis tech that is easy, high pay, clean, professional, flexible schedule. You still have plenty of energy to do your animals when you get off work, and money to blow on more outbuildings, newer truck, dating, stuff like that. Minimum wage will NOT cut it for long, whether you couch surf or not. You are very smart and hard working. Hate to see you blow all your natural ability working a low pay job until you get wedged in a hole, gf/wife pregnant, pipe busted, tires bald, broken wrist, THEN is not the time to start going to school. NOW is the time. Not trying to dump on your five year plan, but it sounds to me like you are squandering your best, brightest years on low paying job and low expectations for yourself. You deserve more, but the thing is, no one else will give it to you. You have to go ahead and give yourself that bright future. Tag, you're it.
     

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