Everyone I know is struggling right now, in one way or another. During the pandemic, the housing costs in my area doubled (along with everything else). My family and I had to move during it, so our landlord could profit from the rising property prices. We managed to find a place for twice the cost of what we had been paying for seven years. (it was either here or homeless)
We’ve now decided to move again, but to separate places.
Finding a one-bedroom for myself will run me roughly $1500-2000/month plus utilities. Working part-time on top of watching my grandkids won’t cover this. Royalties fluctuate from month to month, so it’s never a guarantee that I can count on a fixed amount. The past nine months have drained all savings and the stress of just getting by day-to-day is too much.
My solution: I'm taking an old camper trailer, redoing the inside, and converting it to solar power. I have 3 months to do this. I’m blessed with children and their partners that have various skills, so we can do all the work ourselves, it’s the financial end of it I’m having problems with.
It was a hard decision to make for me, to look at everything in my house that I have accumulated during my journey of life, and decide what I can live without, and what will have to be stored. I’m still working on it but feel confident that by September I’ll be at peace with my choices. It’s also going to be a huge adjustment to live in a space like that with my husky – it’s a good thing the cool months will arrive shortly after our ‘move’, and that he prefers a snowbank to a fluffy bed ninety percent of the time during these months. By spring we should (hopefully) have reached an agreement on what is my space and what is his.
I could use a little help...donations, or if you’re not in the position to help that way, sharing goes a long way too. Wish me luck!
I’m going to be posting pictures of our progress, fingers crossed it all goes according to plan.
The fund goal is up on my Ko-fi page.