We're starting a new series today -
Thrifty Living 2012
In this series, there will be five women sharing the individual struggles they face economically with their families in a particular region.
Each week one of us, Brenda, Claudia, Elaine, Jen, Diane (that’s me)will be featured with a topic on how we are living thriftily in the year 2012. The rest of us will provide our own paragraph or so on how we apply that thrifty tip to our own lives.
We run the gamut. Brenda is the only single family household. Claudia and Don live with their two dogs in New York. Elaine and Dean have a small daughter and grown children in Southern California. Jen and Gar have just relocated to another part of Canada and are looking for their first house. Ron and I live in Florida and are retired.
Brenda of Cozy Little House
Claudia of Mockingbird Hill Cottage
Elaine of Sunny, Simple Life
Jen of Muddy Boot Dreams
Diane of Lavender Dreams
Welcome to Lavender Dreams
and to our Lavender Cottage…
where I hope I can share with you ideas about living a quality life as a retiree on a limited budget.
My husband and I had our own small business for many years and when it came time to retire we looked for a place to live that would have a warm climate and lots of interesting things to do. We could not afford a house on the beach. We live in the center of the state but we are in driving distance to the things we enjoy doing.
I’ll share some of the challenges of living on a ‘fixed income’ and making it stretch. When we retired, the economy was in much better shape so now we face the problem of our expenses being so much more than we had planned. Who knew a tank of gas or a loaf of bread would go up so dramatically!
We spend our time like many of you do. Even though we don’t work regular jobs, we have taken over some responsibilities in our community that we do on a volunteer basis. We enjoy the work but it has become more ‘full time’ work (without pay) in recent months. It’s a blessing to be able to contribute to our community though and we benefit just as much as anyone else does!
So how do we stretch our money to take care of our expenses now AND in the future? And still have some fun along the way? Tune in to this series on Thrifty living! And if you have anything in particular you would like to discuss, email me your ideas. Any questions? Just ask! We want this to be helpful for everyone that visits our blogs…and for us as well!
We’re all in this together! Let’s have some FUN!