The “Tiny House” movement is really taking off across America and does make so much sense. Basically a Tiny House in a very small house on wheels. Local municipalities recognize these homes as “mobile homes”, and not houses and as such they do not fall under the same housing codes as where they need to be hooked up to local utilities. This gives the owner the freedom to pretty much live anywhere and move whenever they want to. The average price to have one built is around 50,000.00, compared to the average price of a home at around 175,000.00. Unlike a home there are no property taxes to pay and utility costs in usually less than 50.00 per month. Living in a small space of less than 200 square ft. is not easy, but the benefits of reducing housing costs allow for other opportunities like paying off student debt, or just debt in general and the ability to save money.
I am not going to get into all of the details because there are so many out there. There is even a TV show called, “Tiny House Nation”, and tons of video’s on youtube, lots of websites and tons of blogs all with expert information about this whole movement. I highly suggest checking these sources out and learning a little more about the movement, but basically what I have gotten out of it is the fact that people are sick and tired of living in the world of consumerism. They are looking for more quality time and less time working to pay for the standard American lifestyle.
As a minimalist myself I have fallen in love with this movement, but do not see myself joining. A few reasons for this is that at my age (54) it makes more sense to purchase a small house of a little less than 700 sq. ft. on a small lot of land at maybe an 8th of an acre and pay it off as quickly as possible. I don’t mind being tied into public utilities as long as I have an emergency plan in place aka. – Generator, solar panels, wind turbine, water filtration, etc. This little home would provide me with those things I love like room for raised bed gardens and an area to park a camper or travel trailer. Another reason for a small house vs. a tiny house is space. As I don’t own a lot I enjoy having space around me, but at right now I have too much space.
I have been looking into many opportunities to find such a home and learned that there are many. Right now I have been looking in the Tampa area of Florida and have found nice little homes as low as 80,000.00 or bank owned properties as low as 36,000.00. I only have one debt left to pay off and that is the mortgage which is about 167,000.00. I have the opportunity to sell this home this year and walk away with a good profit. I see making this move very soon and can’t wait as I believe that the new definition of the word “Freedom”, is living debt free.
Even though I choose to not live in a Tiny House, I share many of the same ideals of those who do choose this lifestyle. For one, reducing our carbon footprint by using less energy along with living without debt, being closer to nature, finding more time to spend with loved one’s and living a life without the pressure of consumerism. A simple plan for a simple life.
For me another reason for this type of move is that of security. At 54 I am getting closer to retirement and I don’t want to worry about if I am going to be able to afford to retire. As we get older there are things that happen as our bodies break down. Just one medical emergency can completely wipe someone out who is not prepared for it. I cannot conceive still making mortgage payments with a fixed income. I want the freedom to jump in a RV and take off whenever I choose. Or take vacations or cruises that I could actually afford. Living small will give me this opportunity.
Blood Sugar- 124, Weight- 168.4
Walking- 30 Minutes
Breakfast- 2 Eggs, 2 Sausage
Lunch- Chicken Caesar Salad
Dinner- Steak, Broccoli