[quote=“Honkinggoose, post:18, topic:1905”]
I suggest thinking a lot harder to find an easier way to make 25K / yr. [/quote]Such as?
[quote]Unless you’ve lived in the country before,[/quote]I have, she hasn’t[quote] Date night? Ha! Think of a 3 month date season, otherwise known as shoveling the driveway. [/quote]I’ve lived in Central NY most of my life (only recently moved to Southern NY) and I know what lake effect is. The winter two hours north is not much different than the winter where we currently live. It’s not as drastic as you make it seem.
[quote]Expect your house to be less well insulated than your condo, and HVAC costs to be higher. If there is a wood stove to assist with heating, you’ve just found another 3 month date season, otherwise known as wood chopping, splitting, and stacking. It’s good exercise, though.[/quote]There is a wood stove. I grew up with fireplaces, and was always the one to stack the six cords of wood we’d buy, which to your point is great exercise.
[quote]If your home based business / employment is dependent on reliable, high speed internet, good luck. [/quote]I’ve been told by numerous people who live in that area that the internet is great, without many service dropouts. We’re on cable internet now, so I am doubting it’ll be much different. But this is certainly a factor.
[quote]Even though your yard will be tiny, you will still need (to purchase): a lawn mower, weed eater, axe, rake, shovel, snow shovel, etc.[/quote]You’re assuming we don’t already own some of those. The lawn mower that’s there stays with the house, so no need to purchase. But you forgot something–great exercise opportunity, once again! I grew up mowing the lawn for my parents, and it doesn’t bother me (especially with a small yard), but it isn’t something I’ve had to do for about ten years now. Looks like I’ll have a beach bod before I know it with all of this activity…huh?
[quote]You’ll need an extra set of rims and tires, unless you already have a winter set.[/quote]I don’t, but that’s just untrue. Your inner internet keyboard warrior is coming out, I see (this is just a friendly jab, not fightin’ words). There’s no reason to cite this. No one NEEDS an extra set of wheels/tires. Especially if we’re home most of the time. There is absolutely no way to justify this unless you commute every day. Again, the winter just two hours north doesn’t go from barely anything down here to blizzards 24/7 up there. Stop being dramatic.
[quote]You’ll probably need heavier outerwear and boots.[/quote]Because it magically turns into antacrtica just two hours north? We have winter attire. We live in NYS.
[quote]Your alcohol bill will go up. [/quote]Perhaps. But even if it goes up, at least those calories will be counteracted with all of the above activity.
I think you should reread your reply. Not because I disagree with some of your points, but because you’re assuming a lot. One common theme throughout your post is you’re acting like we’re proposing moving to the mountains, off grid, in Montana, coming from Manhattan. It’s not as stark of a difference.