Anyone "lower income" by "choice?"
Just wondering if anyone here is "lower income" by "choice?" We had read about it a few months back in the Mother Earth News, and we basically fit the form as in the story. Here is a link: http://www.motherearthnews.com/Moder...e-on-Less.aspx
My husband works on our 12 acre, soon to be cert. organic farm / homestead. He has no outside work. He stays busy by taking down old farms and barns, and by selling "ice houses," mini-barns, etc, that he makes. He also sells "spent" Organic Valley laying hens, and we also grow produce and meat for a cert. organic "grower's group" and farmer's markets.
Of course, I stay at home with our 5 children, and am a keeper at home, with all that entails.
I budget our food so that we can eat organically for an average of $100/week (http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=874670
). We plant a garden about half an acre to feed our family, and I can the food. (Our other 2 acres of garden are for selling.)
We built our home we live in now, and paid for our 12 acres, with cash, so we have no mortgage, just taxes on the homestead/farm. We have lots of Amish in our area, so we get ideas and pointers on living simply from them, and lots of friends, too!
We don't "mart" shop, just rummage around sales, "donation" shops, etc.
We keep our expenses down, our income very diverse, and make it work!
Such a blessing to not have my husband leave every day for a "lunch box" job!
Anyone else live "on less" by "choice?"