The topic of discussion lately has centred around selling our house and getting something smaller. We have a lovely house in a great neighbourhood with a huge yard and even a pool. Yeah, it's a lot. And it's starting to feel that way. It feels like we have it, just because we can. And I don't like that feeling. After Alice was born I didn't return to work which has been lovely. But that means that also means taking a big hit on our household income. Yes, we can stay in our house, but we don't have the cushion like we did. Yes, my frugal senses have been working overtime to ensure we're getting the most bang for our dollar. But it still seems that most of our dollars go to this house.
So we're thinking of downsizing. Getting something smaller, without a pool or the giant yard. Something that we can pay off in a few years and not have a mortgage hanging over our heads until we're old and grey. Something that will be cozy and comfy, but allow us to travel more and show our kids the world. Could you imagine not owing anything? No mortgage, no debt. Think of the places you could go and the things you could see!
I seem to have finally convinced my husband that downsizing isn't a bad thing. In fact, it could be one of the smartest things we do. So whether it's a condo or small house outside of town...it doesn't really matter, as long as it's the right place for us.
Who cares about keeping up with the Jones's? I don't even know the Jones's!
Now this whole idea started last year after I read You Can Buy Happiness (and It's Cheap) by Tammy Strobel. My husband thought I was a little nutty when I said I wanted to get rid of everything. OK, maybe that was a bit drastic, but he seems to be coming around and realizing that less can be more. He recently started reading Debt Free Forever by Gail Vaz-Oxlade and I think that really got the wheels turning for him. At any rate, I see some changes coming in the future for our homestead and I can't wait to see where we end up.
Have you ever made a huge thrifty life shift, either by choice or necessity? Any advice for this desiring downsizer?