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Old 11-24-09, 01:28 AM
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Originally Posted by Dahon.Steve View Post
Jobs are being slashed by the thousands each day making it risky to invest in homes since prices have not stabalized and companies continue the layofffs.
Still???
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Originally Posted by Machka View Post
Still???

Yes.

Another thing to consider is the people who were laid off >3 months ago and still haven't found a job aren't a part of the unemployment statistics. Government's idea of unemployed satisfies (more than this but the relevant ones) becomming unemployed within the last 3 months and will actively seek employment.

http://money.cnn.com/2009/11/20/news...ion=2009112012

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Originally Posted by tonski View Post
Yes.

Another thing to consider is the people who were laid off >3 months ago and still haven't found a job aren't a part of the unemployment statistics. Government's idea of unemployed satisfies (more than this but the relevant ones) becomming unemployed within the last 3 months and will actively seek employment.

http://money.cnn.com/2009/11/20/news...ion=2009112012
Wow! I just got my visa which allows me to work here in Australia ... and got a job. The economy is definitely recovering over here. And according to the news the recession is over in Canada too, and the economy is recovering there. Maybe your turn will come soon.
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I think that Canadians have better ideals, and that could be why they are doing better. There's lots of uncertainty weighing down on America with the healthcare issues, and the wars. That's only my opinion, but...

I just moved out of my 18' travel trailer, and started renting two rooms in a 5 bedroom home. One room will be my bedroom, and the other one will be a storage area for inventory products for a new business that I'm starting up. I'm happy to be living with other people. I don't mind sharing, and I was not getting enough human interaction while living in my little travel trailer.

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Old 11-30-09, 10:16 AM
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Originally Posted by tonski View Post
Yes.

Another thing to consider is the people who were laid off >3 months ago and still haven't found a job aren't a part of the unemployment statistics. Government's idea of unemployed satisfies (more than this but the relevant ones) becomming unemployed within the last 3 months and will actively seek employment.

http://money.cnn.com/2009/11/20/news...ion=2009112012
The US unemployment rate is based on survey data and includes all members of the labor force who are not working but who are willing and able to work. Three months has absolutely nothing to do with it. Many people here in Michigan have been out of work for nearly two years, but they are still counted as unemployed.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unemplo...bor_Statistics
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Originally Posted by Roody View Post
The US unemployment rate is based on survey data and includes all members of the labor force who are not working but who are willing and able to work. Three months has absolutely nothing to do with it. Many people here in Michigan have been out of work for nearly two years, but they are still counted as unemployed.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unemplo...bor_Statistics
I stand corrected. The document below says they're calculated based on 2 months, 2 quarters, or 2 years. It also indicates statistics do not normally include more than 1 year worth of averages. I suppose it depends more on who calculated the data.

http://www.bls.gov/cps/eetech_methods.pdf

I don't know much about Canada except Toronto is a fun place and the folks are mostly friendly (I grew up in Jackson and then enlisted USMC and got planted out in Sacramento - you know, the pass time for labor hardships in MI , Roody). The other thing for us in the US to consider is that Federal tax withholding regulations changed and we're going to see more money in refunds (anyone in CA remember the IOUs Arnie was passing out?) since the withholding is more without the tax actually increasing; this all unless you actually look at and adjust your federal withholdings.

The news here in the US is that the economy is recovering too. Crossing my fingers instead of holding my breath.

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Could You Live In This Apartment?

Could you live in this apartment?

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/m...aJE3c17zkw4efP

This is in the New York Post. I found the story on the front page of Yahoo! today.

I wouldn't be happy without a larger kitchen. As it is I have a small kitchen. It has plenty of cabinet space but not enough counter space. I have many appliances that I use and they all go on the counter.
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Originally Posted by Smallwheels View Post
Could you live in this apartment?

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/m...aJE3c17zkw4efP

This is in the New York Post. I found the story on the front page of Yahoo! today.

I wouldn't be happy without a larger kitchen. As it is I have a small kitchen. It has plenty of cabinet space but not enough counter space. I have many appliances that I use and they all go on the counter.
I wish there were a lot more places about that size available. Rowan and I stayed in an apartment (the apartment of a friend who posts here sometimes) about that size in Paris for a few days, and I loved it!! I loved it so much I looked for a place like it in Edmonton when I got back there. There weren't many places like that, but I did manage to find one.

The one in the article is 175 sq. feet which is not a bad size at all. My place in Edmonton was probably about 12 x 14 (168 sq ft) and had a kitchen, a sleeping area, and a living area. The bathroom was shared.

I will say, however, that two people in a space that size might be a bit of a tight fit ... especially when trying to get 10 or 12 bicycles in there.
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I wish I could have found a smaller apartment when I moved recently. Around here, most one bedroom places are in bad shape and in bad neighborhoods. All the nice apartments are 2BR or larger. Since i live alone, I feel like I'm rattling around in my 800 square feet, and I hate paying to heat space that I'm only using for storage.
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I hate paying to heat space that I'm only using for storage.
I have one bedroom full of boxes. I keep the door closed and don't turn on the heat in that room. I put an old sheet at the bottom of the door so that the cold air doesn't come into the apartment. You could do the same thing. If the apartment has central air conditioning and heating just seal the vent going into that room.
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Old 12-10-09, 06:54 PM
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I have lived in smaller....a pickup camper AND I had a full kitchen with a stove and oven. IIRC it was an 11' camper which would have made it around 80sf. Small spaces are great, they force you to make do with the basics. Currently my bride and I share 980sf and it works great. I spend most of my time in motel rooms that average around 180sf. Currently I am living large in a 2 room suite that is around 400sf! But I only have 3 bicycles with me at the moment.

Built in furniture and compact appliances make a huge difference. I really like the concept of the Tumbleweed Homes.

I also have spent a fair amount of time "living" in my 1975 Airstream trailer, it is one of the larger ones at ~196 sf.

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I have got a car i'm afraid mx5 (miata) I only use it a few times a week.

I have had the heating on all day today
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i do use freecyclye, but got put off when one person asked me to leave my table and chiars out on the drive saying that she was a poor single mother or something (sob story) anyway, guess what... didnt take it away, so i am guessing that its was a dealer trying to get a free table and chairs and didnt like the look of it!
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Originally Posted by wahoonc View Post
I have lived in smaller....a pickup camper AND I had a full kitchen with a stove and oven. IIRC it was an 11' camper which would have made it around 80sf. Small spaces are great, they force you to make do with the basics. Currently my bride and I share 980sf and it works great. I spend most of my time in motel rooms that average around 180sf. Currently I am living large in a 2 room suite that is around 400sf! But I only have 3 bicycles with me at the moment.

Built in furniture and compact appliances make a huge difference. I really like the concept of the Tumbleweed Homes.

I also have spent a fair amount of time "living" in my 1975 Airstream trailer, it is one of the larger ones at ~196 sf.

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Rowan spent a little more than a year, I believe, living in a tent as he travelled around working at various orchards back in 2005/2006. After the fires earlier this year he spent 3 months in a pop-up trailer. And he's lived in various other small accommodations in between ... a small bunkhouse, a small atco, and the house he was renting which got destroyed in the fires was about the same size as the place we're in now. 6 metres x 9 metres equals about 600 square feet.
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I have done the tent and popup camper stint before, and living out of doors is work, especially when the weather starts to get rough.

IMHO properly designed small living spaces are the way to go, for me they reduce clutter, reduce stress and force me to live a more simple life. And give me more disposable income.

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I also have lived in a space that small. 10x14 but it was better designed. It acually had a full size kitchen and the guy who designed it put a huge closet with sliding doors at one end so I had plenty of storage and a place for the cats litter box (not in the kitchen). It was pretty tight with the bikes in there though. Very convienent, easy to heat and keep clean. I miss it. Only left because the landlord himself felt the recession and needed to live there. LOL he immediately knocked out a wall into the garage and made it a 1 bedroom apt! Currently looking to become a homeowner. Would buy land and build my perfect abode but the counties in my area have some silly idea that new construction for single family dwelling need to be minimum of 1800sqft!( I've been told) Plenty of smaller homes in the area that can be remodeled into a better living area right now. Have my little, off the grid, straw bale home right in the center of urban development! Donna
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One of the classic books on simple living is Dolly Freed's Possum Living, published in 1978. Very influential in its time but long out of print, it's being republished next month. The publisher's information page contains links to a 30-minute 1980 video documentary about Dolly and her book. It also has information about what Dolly's been doing for the last 30 years or so.

In the late seventies, at the age of eighteen and with a seventh-grade education, Dolly Freed wrote Possum Living about the five years she and her father lived off the land on a half-acre lot outside of Philadelphia. At the time of its publication in 1978, Possum Living became an instant classic, known for its plucky narration and no-nonsense practical advice on how to quit the rat race and live frugally. In her delightful, straightforward, and irreverent style, Freed guides readers on how to buy and maintain a home, dress well, cope with the law, stay healthy, save money, and be lazy, proud, miserly, and honest, all while enjoying leisure and keeping up a middle-class façade.
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Originally Posted by Platy View Post
One of the classic books on simple living is Dolly Freed's Possum Living, published in 1978. Very influential in its time but long out of print, it's being republished next month. The publisher's information page contains links to a 30-minute 1980 video documentary about Dolly and her book. It also has information about what Dolly's been doing for the last 30 years or so.
In the late seventies, at the age of eighteen and with a seventh-grade education, Dolly Freed wrote Possum Living about the five years she and her father lived off the land on a half-acre lot outside of Philadelphia. At the time of its publication in 1978, Possum Living became an instant classic, known for its plucky narration and no-nonsense practical advice on how to quit the rat race and live frugally. In her delightful, straightforward, and irreverent style, Freed guides readers on how to buy and maintain a home, dress well, cope with the law, stay healthy, save money, and be lazy, proud, miserly, and honest, all while enjoying leisure and keeping up a middle-class façade.
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That's ironic--subsistence living on a half-acre suburban lot--about the lot size of your average McMansion today! I wonder if anybody living in the exurbs of Philadelphia today will read the book and follow Dolly's example?
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That's ironic--subsistence living on a half-acre suburban lot--about the lot size of your average McMansion today! I wonder if anybody living in the exurbs of Philadelphia today will read the book and follow Dolly's example?
Dolly's specific plan for possum living is a little out of date because it's so much harder now to acquire a piece of gardenable land free and clear. A more up to date set of strategies might be Anita Sands Hernandez' "Confessions of a Bottom Feeder", which is her ever evolving set of personal web pages.

Many modern city dwellers who want to give their life over to painting or writing and who work 8 hours a day at their beloved artform, find that they can survive perfectly well without a 'regular job.'They do the work they adore and pay rent with sales! They live in picturesque, old homes with huge, jungley gardens and pay their way painting portraits, painting junked furniture with faux finishes, doing ceramics, sewing, designing textiles, wall hangings, maybe even painting houses, (again, faux finishes "shabby Chic"-- nothing banal.)

They are artists and not all of them are starving artists, either. They live in homes because they are esthetically pleasing and provide many large rooms for offices, studios, and a big garage for carpentry work. They provide hugegardens in which they can grow food, --a pursuit that is considered a soul-satisfying art form, not an obligation, although it makes eating really delicious gourmet things like nectarines, artichokes, asparagus, and oranges that have hung a full three years in a tree, and are truly ripe, so it makes a really fine life cheaper!
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I wish there were a lot more places about that size available. Rowan and I stayed in an apartment (the apartment of a friend who posts here sometimes) about that size in Paris for a few days, and I loved it!! I loved it so much I looked for a place like it in Edmonton when I got back there. There weren't many places like that, but I did manage to find one.

The one in the article is 175 sq. feet which is not a bad size at all. My place in Edmonton was probably about 12 x 14 (168 sq ft) and had a kitchen, a sleeping area, and a living area. The bathroom was shared.

I will say, however, that two people in a space that size might be a bit of a tight fit ... especially when trying to get 10 or 12 bicycles in there.
Glad you liked my flat, Machka...
Yeah it was about the size of the appartment in the article. It wasn't bad at all for one person plus 2 bikes. It was quite overpriced though. But it felt a lot like camping every day!
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Here is a blog that I visit occasionally:

http://tosimplify.blogspot.com/

This guy is certainly not car free, but he did simplify.
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I've tried to simplify my life by being honest. But honestly, it only seems to have complicated things.

hmm ... this sounds like a new signature ...

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I try to simplify my life, but my wife and daughter have other plans.
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I also don't like having too many belongings. During my last move I only took what I could fit in my car and drove across the country. That was 2 years ago and since then I have accumulated a couple of couches, skis, a desk, and a dresser.

I have a couple of rituals and beliefs:

Furniture: Buy used and when I move I will donate/resell.

Need vs. Want: I like stuff because I have hobbies - biking, climbing, and skiing. When I want something I put it into an excel spreadsheet and rate it on a scale of 1-5 on the basis of need and 1-5 on the basis of want. I do think long and hard before purchasing something. I also consult my "wish list" before I purchase to make sure there isn't something that i wanted or needed more that I forgot about.
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I also don't like having too many belongings. During my last move I only took what I could fit in my car and drove across the country. That was 2 years ago and since then I have accumulated a couple of couches, skis, a desk, and a dresser.

I have a couple of rituals and beliefs:

Furniture: Buy used and when I move I will donate/resell.

Need vs. Want: I like stuff because I have hobbies - biking, climbing, and skiing. When I want something I put it into an excel spreadsheet and rate it on a scale of 1-5 on the basis of need and 1-5 on the basis of want. I do think long and hard before purchasing something. I also consult my "wish list" before I purchase to make sure there isn't something that i wanted or needed more that I forgot about.
I have a similar rating system for wants and needs. It helps me save money even if I get the bike parts I want now, but won't need for a few months. The only problems I found are unexpected needs and a depressed husband. Can't put those on a rating system, but emergency money helps.
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I'm a librarian (primary and college). I work two jobs. I am alarmed at the amount of people stating they give their unwanted books to the library and/or the library is a storage entity. No, it isn't. Librarians do not want to sift through your junk but we do . Just throw it out or send it overseas. Please the publishing industry has a huge surplus of every title imaginable. Yada yada---

Living simply.
I try.
Older television just in case my Momma visits. I rarely if ever turn it on. The stereotypical depictions are just complete nonsense.
Bike a lot. Would love to sell my Toyota Yaris and become car free but ---public transportation in the South sucks! Drive my scooter most places unless my "friend" needs to be picked up.
Cut my spending tremendously!!!! I shop primarily online. If I can wait to get the package I need it.
I simply am fed up with shopping in stores the customer service is so bad and I hate having to say, "Excuse me, can I interupt your phone call and get assistance?"
Have a cell phone.
No Myspace. No Facebook.
Love the internet.
Minimal furniture
A bed

I work and come home.

Great forum. Great thread. Be well.
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