We Bought Land! [An Exciting Update On Our Journey To Building An Off-Grid Homestead From Scratch, Slowly & With Cash]

Time moves slowly, and yet so fast.

It seems like we’ve been redesigning careers, working, saving money, and browsing properties for sale for an eternity, yet at the same time it feels like it was just yesterday that we even seriously set goals and began this journey to building an off-grid homestead from scratch.

If you follow this blog, you’ve watched as we setup completely new career paths, finally made the big move to this wilderness we love so dearly, and you know we’ve just been plugging away - working a lot and saving as much money as possible.

Now, a big step has been made in this overall process - WE BOUGHT LAND!

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The Route We're Taking To Begin Homesteading With No Debt (& Our Progress So Far)

A Fall update! It’s the first of October, and I figured probably time for an update since our last one.

The purpose of sharing these updates is to show glimpses into our homesteading journey, so that when someone visits this site years from now and sees us living on our land, working from home, with beautiful plants and animals and hand-built structures dotting the landscape, living the dream essentially, and all with no debt… they can go back and see the beginning, they can see the steps we made and the time that it all took.

Not only does this make things more realistic, but I think it could also help people brainstorm ways of accomplishing similar dreams for themselves.

So what have we accomplished so far?

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Self-Educating To Be Able To Work Online From Anywhere (The First Step I Took To Homestead, Live in the Wilderness, & Have More Freedom)

It was around this time last year that I sat in a coffee shop in Kentucky, having just returned from the wilderness of northeast Washington, and longing to figure out how to find a way to live in that beloved wilderness full-time.

Since then, I’ve learned so so much and I’m happy to report - it worked! I sit here now typing this to you from that wilderness I so longed for.

This article is about one of the biggest hurdles those of us who want to homestead and live off-grid in a rural location have to figure out - how to fund this lifestyle, and how to do so in a lucrative way that doesn’t create an endless cycle of stress and ultimately - failure.

In this article, I’m sharing my story with you and asking for your feedback as I take the next big step in creating a small Ebook about my personal success story of how I self-educated to be able to work online from anywhere. And why you can do the same!

Hope you enjoy and feel inclined to leave a comment!

Thanks so much ~ happy end of summer everyone, wherever you are :)

x Tiffany

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Status Update On Our Homestead Journey: Current Setup as of June 2018

One of the primary reasons for ever starting this blog was to give a more transparent look into what it takes (or at least - what it has taken us) to build an off-grid homestead from scratch.  

So many of the off-grid homesteading blogs out there are people who are already doing it, they're on their homestead living the wonderful homestead-y life. But we, along with many of you, simply aren't to that stage yet.

We're in the very beginning of this transition, which - unless you have a lot of money - can be a lengthy process. 

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Finally! We're Moving To The Wilderness!


Our long-awaited, long-prepared-for, cross-country transition to the wilderness is officially underway you guys! 

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As many of you know, we've been preparing for over a year to leave modern life in eastern America for a life out west in one of the last true wildernesses of the lower 48, to build an off-grid homestead from scratch and live a quiet life. 

I've self-educated and worked diligently on my portfolio and now have a stable business going where I can work from anywhere there's WiFi. 

Eric has completed his CDL licensing and on-the-road training period to make him more valuable where we're going.

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We've spent a long winter in Wisconsin planning, preparing, learning and implementing and now it's go time!

So we're now back in Kentucky, where Spring is in full force - flaunting gorgeous green sights and green smells all around, and we'll be here for one week spending time with loved ones, cleaning out storage units, possibly selling our vehicle, and just generally running around with our heads slightly cut off (I took on a design project, which maybe wasn't the best idea this week!).

Monday morning, we'll be locking ourselves inside a very large Penske truck and hitting those westward roads! 

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Once we get settled in out west, I'll make a post about how the voyage went - we've got some interesting things planned along the way, and some funny ways of going about things (you'll laugh when you see how we're going to save money on lodging!).

We'll be looking for land first thing, and we hope you'll come along as we settle on a property to build our dreams upon. 

This is just a quick post to update everyone on what's going on since this is a pretty big step in the overall process.

Thanks for your patience while my blog posting is less frequent. I'll be blogging regularly once we get settled.

A lot of people have been asking me about making money online, so I think that's a topic I need to share more about. 

Make sure to subscribe to the blog down below! Things should really start picking up now that we're actually going to be in the wilderness! Ah. That feels so good to type out.
 

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Safe journeys everyone!
Until next time...

x Tiffany

How To Make A Full-Time Income From Your Off-Grid Homestead: A Comprehensive List of Ideas

 

I can't tell you how many people I've talked to who would love to move to the wilderness (or someplace rural) to live a slower life, more connected to the natural world, but ONE thing prevents them from making the leap.  One thing.

You can read articles about the hardiest breeds of chicken, how to grow food, and how to install off-grid solar power all day long, but there is a fundamental step that precedes all of this homestead knowledge, something you have to figure out first...
 

How to make money from your off-grid homestead?
 

Homesteading requires money, particularly in the beginning stages.

Honestly, the startup is the hardest part. 

One you've been on your homestead for some time, a snowball effect will probably start to happen and you'll find more and more ways to generate cash as you get systems established on your property. 

The real struggle most people have is transitioning from a modern 9-5 setup with reliable income to a remote area that offers very few jobs, and the jobs that are available typically pay less in rural areas. 

But, I have good news: solutions do exist! You don't have to be confined to the rat race for the rest of your life.

 (Thank goodness, right!?)

With proper planning, you can absolutely make a legitimate income from your off-grid homestead. 

I've developed a comprehensive list of ideas for off-grid homestead income. They primarily fit into two categories: local and online. 

The strategy you employ is up to your own wits - maybe you jump on one single idea and really give it your all, or maybe you weave together two or three ideas in order to secure a full-time income capable of supporting your homestead dreams.

The ideas below are real; I've seen them work for other individuals and families, which means they can work for you if you play your cards right.

And remember, if you're serious about wanting to live the off-grid homestead life, the sooner you can begin establishing these income streams, the sooner you'll be on your land. So let's get started!


LOCAL INCOME IDEAS IN A RURAL AREA

 

  • BUILD A RENTAL PROPERTY ON YOUR LAND

    This can be a bed and breakfast style Inn or a stand alone cabin. You don't have to get fancy! Airbnb's most popular listing last year was a treehouse with no bathroom and no running water.

  • DEVELOP A CSA

    CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture.They work like this: You, the producer, will determine what you can offer in your CSA package. Maybe it'll contain so many pounds of organic produce, a jar of honey, a dozen free-range eggs, sauerkraut, butter, herbs... whatever it is you're producing on your homestead.

    Do the math to figure out how many members you can sustain and at what kind of intervals -- one box a week per member, one box bi-weekly? -- whatever the terms are, you and your buyers will agree and they'll sign up for your CSA!

    There are people in America making six figures from this type of setup!

    If this is appealing to you, you'll definitely want to read The Market Gardener.

 
  • BECOME A HUNTING GUIDE

    If you're an experienced hunter and you live in an area with the right kind of demand, you can become a hunting guide.

    If this sounds appealing, but you aren't an experienced hunter, you can start learning now and within a year have a lot of experience under your belt. Guide schools are available, too.

    In Western America or the far Northeast, this can be especially lucrative as hunters travel from all over to hunt big game like bears, moose, and elk.

    Do a Google search for "hunting guide jobs" to learn more about which areas have the highest demand.

    (This is how Erik Salitan from the TV show Life Below Zero made his income in the far north Alaskan bush).

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  • PLOW SNOW

    If you plan to homestead in an area with significant winters, snow plowing is very in demand. We know this first-hand.

    Investing in a snow plow for the front of your truck makes you instantly valuable.

    This is an excellent way to make money in the depths of winter in a rural remote area.

  • LEASE PART OF YOUR LAND

    The two ways I've seen this done that have worked are to lease land for hunters to hunt on and for people to graze their animals on for a season.

    But there are more ideas too, like offering space for campers to camp or farmers to grow crops.

  • SELL AT A FARMERS MARKET

    Once you start producing goods from your land, take the weekly haul to the farmer's market!

    Pro tip: You can make even more money if you sell value-added products like sauerkraut, kimchi, baked goods, and other homemade goodies.

    Friends of mine used to make a decent income from their delicious kimchi which they sold out of every Saturday at the local farmer's market.

    Again, read The Market Gardener. Trust me. And read about my gardening method, which produces a TON of organic veggies in any climate.

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  • BECOME A TRAPPER

    Running a trapline is still a way of life in many parts of the US and Canada.

    Marty & Tom from the TV show Mountain Men both trap as a means to support their families while living in the deep wilderness.

    Google "how to become a fur trapper" to start learning the steps you need to take.

  • OFFER A SERVICE LOCALLY

    If you have experience with a rural skill like landscaping, fence installation and repair, or irrigation system installation and maintenance, why not start a local business?

    My husband Eric has a lot of professional landscaping experience, for example, and in the area we live there was only one other landscaper in the county (a county twice the size of Rhode Island) and she was looking to retire. So Eric saw an opportunity and jumped on it! Now he has local businesses in town and even real estate companies calling on him to complete projects for them this summer.

    This is one lucrative stream of our diversified income living in the middle of nowhere!

  • SELL FIREWOOD

    This is something else Eric has done in the past.

    We love to go explore the beautiful wilderness we live in, so we started taking along a chainsaw and coming back with a truckload of firewood! In our area, this sells for a couple of hundred dollars, plus we got to enjoy a day together while getting exercise in the beautiful wilderness.

  • START SEEDS & SELL VEGETABLE STARTS

    Think about it: a seed costs a few pennies, and a vegetable start costs anywhere from $2-$4. Turning a few pennies into a few dollars sounds pretty smart to me.

    It doesn't just have to be veggies, you could start hard to grow perennials for increased retail value or even fruit trees.

    If this interests you, definitely check out my post detailing the most productive way to grow food because every single seed I started in my hoophouses using that growing method turned into a healthy veggie producing plant!

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  • START A NURSERY

    Take growing veggie starts further and begin your own plant nursery!

    I'm a little biased because this is something I want to do in the future, but hear me out.

    Greenhouses and hoophouses can be very cheap to build. Combine that with the cheap cost of seeds, build your own soil, catch your own water, and you've got a profitable business with relatively low startup costs.

    Not to mention - what a dream! Being a plant nurturer, from your own property, as your "job!" Pfft. Yes please. I used to operate two commercial greenhouses and it was the most pleasurable work.

    If this sounds like an attractive route to you, you'll want to read So You Want To Start A Nursery.

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  • RENT OUT VALUABLE EQUIPMENT

    If you have valuable equipment, consider renting it out to local residents. 

    This could include anything from chainsaws to excavators. 
     

  • ROAD MAINTENANCE

    Again, if you have the right equipment, grading roads is a great way to make money in a rural area where many roads are not paved. 
     

  • BECOME A WILD GAME PROCESSOR

    Rather than butcher the animal and package it themselves, many hunters will take their kill to a local wild game processor.

    If you're already familiar with butchering wild game, great! If not, this is definitely a skill that can be learned. 

    Another big benefit to this sort of work is that many hunters aren't interested in certain parts of the animal so this would give you access to furs and bones which have plenty of potential to be crafted into valuable items. 
     

  • MASTER A CRAFT

    Maybe you have a homestead skill that you're just naturally drawn to - knitting, making honey, growing vegetables, woodworking, making sauerkraut, baking, horseshoeing, making goat milk products, etc. 

    Go full force into it! Get so good at that craft that people can't help but take notice. 

    Someone who comes to mind right away is Mark from Honey Grove, who started baking bread casually many years ago, began selling it at the local farmer's market, and eventually his breads were so loved and in such high demand that he opened a brick and mortar. 

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  • INVEST IN A SAWMILL AND MILL LUMBER

    It's a big upfront cost, but with a huge payoff over time.

    Not only does a sawmill enable you to mill lumber to build a home and other infrastructure around your own property, but it's endlessly valuable to everyone in your community. Especially if there isn't a good lumber yard in the vicinity.

    (Eustace Conway from Mountain Men milled lumber for cash).

  • TEACH CLASSES & HOST WORKSHOPS

    As a homesteader, you probably have a lot of skills that others want to learn. Why not offer classes on your property or at a local venue?

    Go even more in-depth and offer workshops! Most workshops last a few days so you could host a workshop over the weekend and make several thousand dollars depending on how well you market yourself.

    What you offer is up to you and your skill set, but some ideas are: how to build a chicken tractor, how to grow a no-till garden, bushcraft and survival skills, how to tan hides, how to sew your own parka from a raw fur, and so on.

  • HAUL FREIGHT

    Truck driving isn't exactly on the homestead, BUT it's a great way to be able to live anywhere while having a reliable income.

    The down side is that you might spend a lot of time away from home (unless you secure a local driving position), but the up side is that usually you get several days to a week off at a time.

    CDL schools cost several thousand dollars, but if you don't have the cash upfront you can go to a company-sponsored program and all of the costs will be covered upfront and paid back from small deductions off your paycheck over time. Google "company sponsored CDL trucking school" to find out more.

    A CDL license is a great thing to have if you live in a rural area.

 

MAKE MONEY ONLINE FROM YOUR HOMESTEAD

Making money online is a great route for anyone who wants to live in the middle of nowhere and work from home(stead). 

In fact, this notion is gaining such momentum that a new phrase has been coined: digital peasant.

A digital peasant is someone who combines old-fashioned skills and lifestyles with modern technology. 

I first heard the term used by Steve Maxwell, who makes a full-time income from home while doing things he loves on his homestead. 

If you're a casual internet user but don't have in-depth computer skills, that's ok! 

These things can be taught. Trust me. I more than quadrupled my income from one month to the next by self-educating and "skilling up!" (I'll have to write in detail about that sometime if anyone is interested?). 

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Here are some online income ideas for you to start thinking about, researching, and perhaps learning:

  • FREELANCE WRITING

    Freelance writers can make a great income online.

    If you are experienced in a certain topic - writing recipes, online gaming, finance, travel, photography, yoga, etc. - start writing articles and building a portfolio.

    From there, you can connect with clients on freelance forums throughout the Web.

    The key is to pick a specific niche and excel within it.

    Jorden Makelle was a helpful mentor for me when I began freelance writing years ago, check out her YouTube channel to start learning about freelance writing as a business.

  • GRAPHIC DESIGN

    Maybe you're already experienced in graphic design - great! If not, but it does sound appealing, simply download Adobe Illustrator, hop on YouTube to watch tutorials, and start working on projects.

    This is the best way I've found to learn.

    Google "freelance graphic design business" and learn about how others have made a full-time income this way from home.

  • WEB DESIGN

    Have you ever designed a website from scratch or using Wordpress or Squarespace platforms?

    Websites are in high demand nowadays; every business needs a website to compete in the online marketplace and get noticed.

    I started building a website for my health writing portfolio back in 2016 when I was working full-time at a greenhouse all day (very hot, sweaty, and tiring work). I loved designing using the Squarespace platform. For some reason, it didn't click until more than a year later that I had way more fun designing my freelance writing site than I did actually writing content for people!

    From there, I delved deep into teaching myself web design and SEO and I've never looked back. I still learn every day to increase my skill sets and be able to offer more value to my clients.

    If anyone is interested, maybe I should write a step by step of exactly how I made this career happen because it is what allows me to work from anywhere (so long as there's WiFi) which has enhanced my quality of life more than I could ever explain and made my off-grid homesteading goals a reality!

  • START AN ONLINE DROPSHIPPING BUSINESS

    A dropshipping business basically means you set up an online storefront (Shopify is good for this) and instead of investing a lot upfront to purchase inventory, you purchase the product and get it automatically shipped to your customer after they have made the purchase on your site.

    Does that make sense?

    So, essentially, you work with a dropshipping supplier like Alibaba or Aliexpress, linking from their site to your storefront. You market the products in a creative way on your site, retail the products at whatever price you decide on, and when someone makes a purchase on your site, you fulfill their order paying the lower wholesale cost to your supplier and keeping what is left over as your profit. From there, your supplier ships the product to the customer - "dropshipping."

    In my first month of trying this business model, I had 6 sales and I didn't even know how to market and use SEO back then!

    I learned about this method from Tim Ferriss' book The 4-Hour Work Week, which I highly recommend if you're wanting to escape the rat race.

 
  • BLOGGING

    You can make a full-time income blogging and work from home(stead) by starting a blog and gaining a following.

    This blog can be about anything - homesteading, parenting, food, travel, specific lifestyles, and so on. The more specific you get, though, the more success you're likely to have. Niche is the name of the game in most online endeavors!

    Set up a Squarespace or Wordpress site, or hire someone to do it for you, and start creating content. Market your content through social media platforms like Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, and use SEO strategically to build a following.

    Once you have an audience, you can make income from affiliate links, ads, and by selling digital products (or other creative ideas you come up with!).

    Many homesteaders that I know have taken this route in order to work from anywhere.

  • SELL YOUR ARTWORKS OR CRAFTS ONLINE

    Last but not least, if you're an artist (painter, sculptor, woodworker, photographer, etc.), you could set up an online store using a platform like Shopify or Etsy and sell your products online!

    This allows you to tap into a global marketplace, rather than just relying on your local community to make purchases.

    Someone who comes to mind right away is the painter Rima Staines, whose blog I've followed since 2009. She built a home from a horsebox and was able to travel around Scotland and England by selling her prints at festivals and maintaining an online storefront.


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This is a long list of options, but I'm sure there are many more! Please share any ideas you have in the comments, and if you have any questions at all - feel free to ask! I'm happy to share what knowledge I have on the topic. 

I'll leave you with this: Start now

Though the beginnings of any big endeavor can seem clumsy and overwhelming, you must begin.

Think of it this way: one year from today, you could look back and think: "Wow, I did it! I learned ____ and made ____ happen!" OR will you be in the same scenario as you are right now, wishing you had a way to live the life you dream of living? 

Without sounding like a motivational coach, I want to tell you personally that you can make something out of anything listed here. If you commit to teaching yourself and learning all you can on the topic, in one year who knows what your life could look like... 

I hope this had been at least a little bit helpful. As always, thank you for taking the time to stop in and I hope you'll come back often. 

x- Tiffany

 

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My husband and I left the rat race and moved to the Washington wilderness to build an off-grid homestead from scratch. You can follow our journey here!

I write about:

  • wilderness living

  • our homestead journey

  • health & wellness

  • adventure travel

  • cozy homemaking

  • wild food foraging

  • DIY & craft projects

  • making a living online from home (or anywhere)

  • natural living

  • my own recipes from scratch

  • and much more


My hope is that you will find some nugget of inspiration here.
Thank you so much for stopping in & please come back often. The kettle's always on...

x Tiffany

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First Steps: What We're Doing NOW to Create an Off-Grid Homestead in the Wilderness

I come across so many inspiring off-grid homesteading blogs and quickly become captivated by all of the projects going on, photos of people living out their days surrounded by nature, with their handmade houses and huge vegetable harvests, and it's all so inspiring... but that's not where we are right now. Not yet. 

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This blog could sit quietly until we get to Washington, find land, begin projects, and so on ... or I could just start writing now and provide insight into the process. 

The transition itself is such a foundational aspect, after all, and I think a lot of people are curious when they see these happy earth-loving families living beautiful wholesome lives out in the middle of nowhere... how are they doing it? What did the beginning look like? How do they make money living in the middle of nowhere?

As much as we both yearn every single day to be in our beloved Washington wilderness, we realize that this is the process! We're in it! These are steps that have to happen to make this work. 

Here are some things we're working on at the moment to help us make the move to the wilderness to begin our off-grid homestead.

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Eric is completing his CDL training

One of the reasons we're in Wisconsin right now is because Eric found a reputable school here to get his CDL and a fantastic company to begin driver training with. He spent Feb-March in school and has now moved on to on-the-road training. 

We never see one another during this stage and it's emotionally difficult, but he is making great money and learning a lot and this will open up a lot more job opportunities for him later on that align with our off-grid remote lifestyle. 

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I am working and building my portfolio

For those of you who don't know, I taught myself web design & SEO last year as a way to make money working from home. In a remote area like we'll be living in, this is really important since there aren't many jobs available. 

I'm happy to report that my business is going well and I have steady work. Each day, once I'm finished with work for my clients, I dedicate time to teaching myself more and more useful skills as well as sending out proposals to potential clients to ensure that the ball keeps rolling. 

Taking this route and teaching myself these skills was one of the best choices I've ever made and I LOVE the freedom of being a "digital nomad" who can make money from anywhere there's WiFi. 

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Browsing land listings

Browsing land listings in this area is something I've been doing since 2013! It's crazy to think about. 

I keep an eye out on land listings in the area, in case something wonderful that fits our budget comes along. 

To be very honest, I have my eye on a piece of land right now. Of course, we aren't there to see it but it's 10 remote acres with high meadows, forest, and exquisite views. It's within our budget and only 2.5 miles from our friends, in an area we already know we love. So my interest has been piqued and I've even gone so far as to print out photos of the place and set them over here on my nightstand :)

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Debating selling everything or moving everything

This is something new I'm pondering - should we move all of our things or sell everything?

The move everything side of me says: You have a lot of interesting belongings, take them. You've paid for a storage unit for all of these months, do you want it to be for nothing? If you get a rental home, you're going to want furniture and things to make the house feel cozy.

Then the sell everything side of me says: It's going to cost $2,500 to haul everything (Uhaul + car hauler + fuel), Tiffany! That's money that isn't going toward your long-term goals at all. It isn't going toward an asset, therefore, it's money lost. Be smart! Sell everything, keep the money, and invest in new things once you get there and better understand what your living situation is going to be like. You might not be able to accommodate a king size memory foam mattress anyway!!

I don't know the answer, but it's a topic we're chewing on. 


Seek out a rental or buy land right away and dive in?

This is another new development since the plan thus far has been: get to Washington, put all belongings into storage, stay in our friend's RV until we find a cabin to rent. Then find land and slowly start building our off-grid homestead as time and resources allow.

Now suddenly I'm getting hit with: Why don't we prioritize land? Why not buy land ASAP, stay in our friend's RV while we build a small cabin on our land and start to implement off-grid water systems, off-grid power, sort out WiFi and so on. 

This would be doing it the real, off-grid, rugged way. We'd essentially be stepping onto a piece of remote land with zero power, zero water, zero WiFi, zero living quarters. 

We talked about this tonight and both feel drawn to roughing it, to going to the property as time allows and working on projects, camping while we're there, hauling in water, and so on. I've never lived without electricity. At a homestead in North Carolina, I did have to haul water from the creek, and I didn't really have sound internet or a modern toilet... but there was power. 

We'll have to talk to our friends and give it some more thought before we put money down and decide on this route. 

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Saving Money

On the topic of putting money down, another focus of ours at this point is saving money. We created a strict budget to abide by and are putting back as much as possible right now.

We sacrificed the comfort of having our own place and opted to spend time with family before moving across the country away from everyone. If you have goals to fulfill and are willing to compromise to make them happen, I definitely recommend doing this to cut down on rent costs. I make sure to clean the house and help out in every way possible to create balance.


Deciding if we should sell the car or not

Our current vehicle is a 2wd vehicle. This will NOT fly in northeastern Washington State where most of the roads are unpaved mountain roads and the 6-month long winter measures snowfall in feet, not inches.

It's inevitable - we will not be keeping this vehicle (which is sad - I love Honda Elements for their spaciousness, low fuel cost, and reliability) but should we sell it before or after the move? 

We need a 4wd vehicle with towing and hauling ability to live where we want to live and do the things we want to do, so it's another thing on our minds to sort out. 

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So that's where we are right now! I hope it's helpful to someone out there to read about these beginning steps. The primary thought behind most things right now is: does this contribute to our long-term goals, or not? 

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Until next time, may we all build and live the lives that bring us true joy!