It's time to get serious. Our house is still for sale in Washington and our tenant is moving out at the end of May. The difficult financial time is upon us and it's up to me to keep us afloat. We were hoping that we would have until the end of June before things got tight but that's okay. I'm ready. Frugality and I know what to do.
As soon as we discovered this news we started writing down ideas on how to get through this. In a way Dave doesn't change much of what he does. I'm the one that spends and saves and brings in extra money.
We've played around with moving into a smaller house but the savings doesn't work out. It would cost us a lot to move, even for such a short distance (time, energy & uhaul rental). We have a 2 car garage here (storing moving boxes) and an office for Dave that is away from the rest of the house. If we moved into a 2 bedroom apartment for $1200 we'd still probably pay $200-$400 for an office and however much more for a storage unit. Our rental currently is $2000 and with all the space it really is a fabulous deal.
We could rent out one of the bedrooms. I've recently considered this. I haven't mentioned that idea to Dave yet though. He loves his private space but the extra money would be helpful.
Here's what we are doing to save & earn money:
- plan to have a yard sale in the next month
- cut out the purchase of magazines (unless free or thrifted)
- stop eating at Mateo's at the farmer's market (addictive but we can do this)
- List items on eBay every week (sold $308 for 4 items yesterday)
- List items on Etsy every week
- Sell items on Craigslist
- Thrift 85% to ReSell and 15% to keep
- Plan menus wisely
- Stop buying fancy cheeses that they offer taste test from at the store (such a tease Wholefoods)
- Stay healthy to avoid going to the Doctor
- Take hikes and free outings with picnics
- No coffee/hot chocolate or other purchased beverages when we are out
- List a lot more books to my on-line bookstore
- No summer vacation (possibly a camping trip nearby)
- Focus on getting 4 paid sponsors for ATG
- Shop at the Grocery Outlet for organic and natural food
- Shop from the sale ads at local stores
- Buy from Azure Standard (Food Co-op that delivers to a drop point)
- Sell House
- Find short term renter for Bainbridge house starting June 1st
- Barter for things that we need
We arrived into California with a nice amount of savings. The house didn't close on September 10th as we had expected though and had to be rented for far less than our mortgage is what slowly ate away at the savings. We thought our house would again sell a month or so ago. Their finances fell through.
Despite all of this we do feel in control. We can live on less and still enjoy our life. I'm going to look at this as a great challenge. As I told Dave last night, I'm going to become a selling and saving machine. Coincidentally on Saturday in Yountville I picked up my favorite thrift book of all time for .50 cents.
I'm going to read it again from cover to cover. Out of her three books, book 2 is my favorite. I loaned it to a friend probably 5 years ago and I never got it back. We are finally reunited at a time when I need it the most. Amy Dacyczyn show me your stuff.