We live in Vermont, which has a very high cost of living. Unfortunately, we no longer have the income that allowed us to stay here for so long.
We have been considering our options, or at least the options we wish we had.
- Stay here, get a lower income job, get a garden started and maybe bribe the neighbors with free eggs so we can have a few chickens.
- Move to Texas, which has the most cities with the best cost of living in the top ten according to Forbes (http://www.forbes.com/pictures/mim45gjje/methodology/), easy homeschool laws, warmer weather, and low unemployment rate.
- Move to Indiana where we have some property already, also with decent homeschooling laws, a lower unemployment rate than Vermont, and a longer growing season… well, theoretically, anyway. This year Indiana had more snow than Vermont this year and as Vermont was thawing, the Midwest ended up with another 8 inches.
- Go way off the deep end and just travel around the US, blogging (video blogging?) all the way (traveling with 6 kids – once the baby is born – should make an interesting blog, right?). Think a modern day version of “Promised Land” expanded with three more kids.
The problems (coinciding with above)
- Our current house costs more than what we can earn locally, even if we manage to get all of our food from our .33 acre lot.
- Our We have a mortgage on the house which makes it difficult to get a mortgage elsewhere.
- Mortgage on the house… we won’t be able to build on the property before next winter, meaning a few years
- Mortgage on the house… That trip won’t last long. I honestly think we can do it, and I dream of doing it once for about a year with the kids
The one thing that is throwing a wrench in any of these options is the house we currently live in. If we stay, the the mortgage is more than what most companies in the area are willing to pay. It would be difficult for me to find a job so close to my due date as most don’t offer maternity leave until you have stuck around longer than the “probation period” – usually three months. I’m due in two.
All isn’t lost, however, as we have come up with some other ideas. Come to think of it, options 2, 3, and 4 are more feasible than option 1 because we might be more likely to find a renter than a buyer. In fact, that is what we have been talking about lately. We shall see as time progresses.