Today’s guest post is written by Lucky, a long time reader of 4 Hats and Frugal and good online buddy of mine.
I can see the house in my head. It’s a farm house with a big front porch on about 2 acres of land. It has a kitchen garden, a flower garden and a paved sports court that can be shoveled in the winter so my kids can get out and ride their bikes. The kitchen is spacious and has a book shelf so I can keep all of my cookbooks right at hand. The family room is cozy, and always has a fire roaring when it’s cold. Right now this house exists only in my mind, but I hope some day to find it or build it in Ohio!
You see, my husband and I have a dream of moving our family to another state in the next few years. We’re committed to making this dream come true, so everything we do, all of our decisions, are aimed at this one goal. Moving will allow us to cut down to one income and purchase our dream home all at the same time.
It seems like a no-brainer right? The problem is, it’s kind of risky. The economy where we live now is still humming along, and in Ohio, it’s not. Plus, we plan on going from two incomes to one, so we won’t have the safety net of the second income if DH loses his job. We need a big savings cushion in order to make this work.
Sometimes it’s hard to be the girl who brings her lunch to work every single day while wearing the same sweater she wore when she was hired 10 years ago. It’s hard not to buy the kids everything they want, or go out for pizza every time they ask. It’s not always fun to be the one with a handful of coupons at the grocery store holding up the line.
But, I know it will be worth it. Because that house with the awesome kitchen is waiting for me in Ohio.
Note from Amiyrah: What a great post to remind us about what’s important during the holiday season! We all have a reason behind our frugality and a goal we are trying to attain, and Lucky showed us what her plan is.
Lucky is the mother of two young kids and a carb-intolerant kitty. Read about her adventures of balancing kids, work and life with making her own bread at Making My Own Luck.