To our new readers: We like to take a weekly trip into the land of others and learn just how they make life happen! Have you ever caught yourself asking ‘How do they do that’? It’s not a matter of comparing ourselves to the Joneses, it’s the willingness to seek knowledge and understanding so, you too, can make the choice whether or not you’re willing to do that. What trade-offs are you willing to make?
Kay from Lifestyle Voices is joining in the fun today!
How Do They Do That: Lifestyle Voices
1) What about retirement? Are you saving?
Nope. We never have. Jay worked for a small company that didn’t have any benefits, and we never did it on our own. I’ve always just believed that before that time comes, the giant money windfall will be there for us. Thanking God in advance!
2) How often do you vacation? Where does the money come from?
We used to vacation a lot. Then we sort of overdosed on it back in ’04 and didn’t go anywhere again until moving to Florida this year. I do look forward to exploring the southwest someday though.
3) Are you planning for college?
Our son is 29 now. We didn’t plan for college beyond helping him get grants and scholarships. I made sure I didn’t take any drugs during my pregnancy so he’d be a genius. 😛
4) Do you have a car payment?
Nope. We buy our cars used, usually around 10 years old, and run them into the ground. We always buy minivans because they haul big things really well.
5)Are you house poor? What’s that mortgage/rent like?
We just sold our house and we’re renting a house right now. We love it and are glad to be rid of that 125 year old money pit!
6) How do you fund Christmas?
We don’t anymore. A few years ago, our son requested that we stop buying him gifts for occasions. He’s a big time minimalist. So we asked him to reciprocate by not buying us gifts, and from there, we started enjoying holidays as “experiences”.
7) Let’s talk home improvements?
Let’s not. See #5. 😛
8) Do you save for school clothes?
Seriously, I don’t see the point. 🙂
9) Do you deal with college debt?
Nope. Neither my husband nor I attended “university” (as the Brits call it). 😛
10) Is your emergency fund where it should be?
11) Do you carry credit card debt?
Nope. No credit cards. No debt. We learned this one the hard way.
12) How often do you eat out?
Ever so rarely. I think maybe once a month, but only out of necessity, as in we’re somewhere not close enough to home to get there before one of us claims to be “starving”. 1st world starving problems, eh?
13) Do you mow your own lawn and clean your own house?
Oh my, this community does ALL of the lawn work. Jay is loving that! And of course I clean my own home. I don’t want strangers touching my stuff! 😛
14) Name a Frugal Fail?
Groceries. Constantly. We are “foodies”. I wish we were more like the Frugalwoods!
15) Your Question: Do you get an allowance?
I don’t understand that question. Our money is communal. I need something, I get it. He needs something, he gets it. We want something, we talk it over, and maybe get it. It’s always been that way. We’re kind of “old school” that way, I think.
Thank you so much for sharing, Kay! Kay from Lifestyle Voices quit her job in 1987 to stay home with her son whom was quickly entering sumo wrestler status from a grandma that loved to feed him. She doesn’t regret her decision one bit and has recently uprooted and moved to Florida where they are living debt free!
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