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Excited About Blogging and Saving

March 14th, 2006 at 06:32 pm

After a few months of lurking, I've decided to leap in.

I am a part time teacher and mother to two awesome kids.

Originally my plan was to work full time, pay off my mortgage in 10 years, and then pay for my children's college education without a mortgage to worry about. However, in the last few months , it has been necessary for me to review my plans.

I found working full time and raising the kids on my own so exhausting that I was starting to think I wasn't going to live to see retirement.

So now I'm working part time (2/3 of my regular timetable). Suddenly I have energy and love my life again.

I am in the continual process of developing strategies that will enable me to work parttime for as long as possible. I love being able to take my children to school in the morning and pick them up too.

I think I've made some good decisions: I bought the "cheapest" house in a nice neighbourhood near where I work. Since I can walk to work in half an hour, I no longer require a car or even the bus. Some of my friends and colleagues think I'm nuts, but I save hundreds of dollars a month this way.

I don't have cable, never use my dryer, and shop specials whenever possible. My children and I rarely eat out.

Perhaps it will still be possible to pay my mortgage off early. This place is a great source of inspiration.

I have enjoyed reading the various blogs over the last few months, and look forward to saving along with everyone else.

9 Responses to “Excited About Blogging and Saving”

  1. pablo71 Says:

    Welcome aboard and best of luck on your endeavors!

  2. Ima saver Says:

    You must be doing something right if you can support yourself and children on a part time salary. Welcome, we are glad you are here.

  3. Thrifty Ray Says:

    Welcome! I am new to this site too. It sounds like you bring alot of frugal experience to share! I think you'll enjoy the comraderie here...I know I do!

  4. kristina moffitt Says:

    welcome aboard!

  5. Single Mom Extraordinaire Says:

    Thanks everyone! It's nice to know that people are supportive of one another's desire to be frugal. Like I said, some of my friends think I'm totally nuts for not owning a car, or having all of the additional expenses on my phone line, and I must confess I use dial-up.

  6. mjrube94 Says:

    I'm glad you signed up, and look forward to reading your posts...

  7. Very good site. Thanks for author! Says:

    Very good site. Thanks for author!

  8. Monica Ricci Says:

    Wonderful blog! I wanted to let you know (if you don't already), about a group called Freecycle. I know you don't have a car, so it might be a tad difficult to get the items you need, BUT it's a way to get lots of stuff for free that others are no longer using. It's like a virtual swap meet in a way. Check it out at www.freecycle.org -- I checked and there are lots of groups in Canada. ~Monica

  9. good for you! Says:

    Good for you! I did the same thing--sold my car and I've never looked back. If more people did the same, we'd have a killer public transportation system in this country and the enviornment would be all the cleaner. More power to you!

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