Moving from dual-income city living to one-income country living
We've finally been told where we're moving to next summer. Currently we live in Winnipeg, having moved six years ago from Vancouver. I'm totally a city-girl and will be moving to Petawawa, Ontario. I grew up in small town Ontario, know what it's like, and hate it. That said, I'll make it work because I'm that kind of person.
My concerns are a) dropping our income in half, and b) not having ammenities dead close to our house (ie here a 711 is 200 feet from our house, grocery store is a 5 min walk, library is a 15 min walk, etc).
To address the financial concern of an income cut, we're hoping to buy a larger home and rent out a 1 bdrm suite in the basement, and hopefully one bedroom as well (we're used to roomates, love having roomates so thats not an issue). I also hope to have a large garden, cook a lot more meals at home and do things to save money like hang laundry out to dry vs using the dryer etc.
We already use our vehicle as little as possible, and since we will most likely live less than 10 km's from my husbands work, he will continue to cycle to/from work most of the year, and I will walk/cycle to a fair number of places I need to go. We will still keep the vehicle for convenience, and may end up using it more often than we plan, but I think it will still be fine.
I'm curious to hear from others who have gone through a similiar change, regardless if it was by choice or not, and what tips you have for me.