move to the boonies low income? advice
I suppose I wish for the days when life was more simplistic. Thankfully my husband agrees with me. My dream is for a fairly small place of our own, as far out in the boonies as we can get.
Although I want a small house, (small by city standards anyway, I want a 3 bedroom) I want enough land to be able to grow enough food to feed my family of 5 all year long, whether through freezing or canning.
I'm perfectly happy without meat, though my husband isn't. That in itself provides a problem for my dream world, since neither of us have the stomach for killing animals. I can fish, and I can handle shooting and skinning quail and rabbits. I can't handle the idea of killing my own chickens though. I guess that means that we need to live somewhere close enough to be able to buy meat.
And since we don't expect to be able to win the lottery any time soon, we'd need some form of income to handle a mortgage payment., and upgrades to the house. I'd prefer to be solar/windpowered, but we'd still need a way to pay for those things. Although I would be happy without a lot of modern conveniences, I don't want to completely shut off the world, we still want TV and internet. We want a place somewhere in the eastern us, snow is ok, but not excessive blizzards. Desert land is a definate no-no, as I want to be able to grow plants.
Unfortunately we are just average people, with no degrees, and 3 small kids. I planned to homeschool my kids, at least through elementary, but we want a place also close enough for the kids to have school.
I guess with current gas prices, realisically for hubby to go to work, we need to be within about 30 miles of a town where he could find work. His current profession is as a kitchen manager of a seafood restaurant. I'm sure he won't be able to continue that line of work, as most small towns already have permanent staff in the local shops. I'm guessing he'd end up working at a grocery store, or a butcher shop. Funny enough, he has butchering experience, just can't handle killing things.
To handle paying for all the new items that we would need to purchase, I estimate that we would need at least 2k/mo income, probably more like 4k, just so we could get a loan to buy a place, and make the payments.
Is there anyway to make my dreams a reality? None that I can see unfortunatly. Even though we could make due easily enough on a low income once our credit cards were paid off, and we didn't have a car payment, it seems impossible to make such a move until then. While I'm still under 30 now, I don't want to wait until I'm 50 to move.
Any advice from those who may have done this type of move before?