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My husband and I are looking to buy land and build a strawbale house. I've been reading some of your stories about being in halfway finished barns and travel campers and yurts and such and I am very interested and feel encouraged by your experiences.<br><br>
We probably won't have a ton of money to spend in the early years and so I am wondering how do you all pay for or access the internet? Do you go to the library or use a relatives computer or does everyone on here have their own and pay for service.<br><br>
What does your dh and you do for income?<br><br>
My husband is a software developer, so there is a possibility he could contract out while we are getting the farm up and operational, but there aren't a ton of jobs out in the boondocks (where we want to live). What do you all do to live and pay for materials?? Thanks again for your time and sincerity.
 

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Anyone willing to share your experience with me?? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/help.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="help">
 

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We're not totally off the grid, but we do live way out in the middle of nowhere, and since I do one of my jobs online from home (I teach online classes part time for a university), we splurged and got the satellite internet. It's more expensive than dialup, our only other option out there, but part of my work involves downloading scanned homework assignments, which can be big, grading them, and then uploading the graded files. This was next to impossible at dial-up speeds. We pay almost $100 per month, but it will go down to about $60.00 per month in a few months after we have finished paying off our equipment.
 

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We come to my MIL's once a week to do laundry, get internet time, take long, hot baths, etc. My dh is a teacher, I am home with the kids. A few years ago we bought a fixer-upper house, and in early this summer we sold it and made a good chunk of money to build our home with. So dh's paycheck covers the basic monthly expenses, and we have our house budget that we are staying in. Hope that helps!
 

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We have been working towards this for years.. the first step for us, was to get our debt paid nearly off... working hard, living in a small rental, etc..<br><br>
Then applying step by step homesteading practices into our suburban living such as bread baking, gardening, cooking from scratch, knitting, crocheting, learning sewing, re-using, not spending, etc...<br><br>
Now, we have moved to Northern Vermont where we can afford to buy our homestead - we are renting a small house in a village but will buy as soon as possible. My husband is working for a construction company with great hours - 7:00 - 3:30, so he will be able to help a lot with the farming and give me help with daily homesteading duties.<br><br>
We are not sure if we will need to build, but hope to buy an existing structure to work with since we have five children and he will be working full time.<br><br>
Best wishes with your dreams and look forward to hearing and sharing more.<br>
Tonya
 

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We live in the middle of nowhere in Central California. We use dial up via rain.org Depending on where you live, this may be an option for you. Rain is rural area access. They probide internet as well as phone service. For us it is only $8.99 a month. ( We are not off the grid).
 

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Thanks for the earnest, ladies. Our dilema is that lands goes for $10,000 an acre and we want 5-10 acres or more if the price was right. Land is so expensive because we want to be near to town so dh doesn't have a long commute but far enough away that urban sprawl won't hit us for years to come.<br><br>
If we could just take the plunge, my dh's father has 5 acres he is willing to sign over to us. There is a trailer on it that we could live in. The down side is that it is 1 1/2 hrs. from where we live now, my dh would have to quit his job and we wouldn't have much to start farming with. There wouldn't be a promise that my dh could find work in his field and so it is a gamble. I guess everything in life is, but I wanted to hear from you ladies, who have left all to pursue a life worth living.<br><br>
We want to build a strawbale home, have a grey water system, including a rainwater catch and farm with goats. We want to have one family cow. Right now, smack dab in the middle of the city on 1/3 of an acre, we keep bees, chickens and garden our little hearts out. But we can't do much else and long for more land and a simpler life. Not easier, just more simple. I hope that makes sense.<br><br>
The only debt we have is house debt and my student loans. We do have equity in our home so if we could sell it, we would be in good shape.
 

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Danielle, just to clarify, if your father were to sign over his land, would that be for free? If so, you're already coming out $50,000 ahead. You could get your straw bale house built on vacations and weekends while still living where you are and with your dh still earning his salary. That way you can get many of your resources in place before you move.
 
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