With spring I’ve been filled with thoughts of the future. What do I do next? Where do I go? Do I stay here forever or what?
I honestly figure I’m stuck in this area at least until Katie turns 18. If I move I’ll be forced back into that damned drive again and I really don’t want that. I don’t know what I’ll do after she turns 18 but that’s 6 years away, so what now?
I’ve been mulling this over for a while. If I were to stay in this house for 6 more years I will spend $18,000 in rent alone. I can buy a house for that.
Of course, right now I don’t have 10 grand but that’s okay. It gives me something to think about.
There have always been small places out in the county that sell for very little. Mostly they have older fixtures and need cosmetic work. I don’t mind older fixtures in the slightest and can do basic carpentry so that wouldn’t be an issue. A little house like this could be fixed up and either be a permanent home for me – or an investment that could help pay for the next step in my life.
It sure would be a lot better than paying rent for years and years.
I figure if I can come up with $15,000-$20,000 I can buy a little place for cash money and have enough left over for the move and a few repairs or modifications. It would sure be better than paying out $3,000 a year for something I don’t own and never will.
So my next goal is two-pronged. Any investment I make here (appliance, furniture, etc.) will be done with an eye for using it in a future home which will be chosen on the basis of price and small size, with price being the primary consideration.
Any extra money will be saved up toward the goal of home ownership.
With this in mind I will have to keep my van because house prices are much higher in town than they are out in the county. I don’t want a house payment for the rest of my life, so country living it is. The pup will be bigger by then to help provide protection if needed and I can invest in a pistol if I feel the need. I grew up shooting weapons and pulled a brief stint in the Army so I know how to use and maintain one.
I’ll miss living in town but I won’t miss paying rent in the slightest. In fact, I think I would enjoy being able to fix things up with an eye to permanency. There is something about planting an apple tree or a blueberry bush, knowing that when it bears fruit I will be the one to enjoy it and a magic to the thought of owning my own home again – this time with land included.
I don’t know how I’m going to pull this off but somehow it feels right.
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