Category Archives: saving


Well, there is good news & bad news.

The good news is that Migs got a large contract of away work. The bad news is that we are barely going to see him till March. The good news is that this away work knocks 2yrs off our land payments. The bad news is I wont be able to do much weekend work. The good news is the land (which is big enough to build six houses on) should be paid off by early next yr. The bad news is that its 12 hour shifts for 3-4 weeks at a time so poor Migs is gonna be exhausted. The good news is though its full on work crammed into a short amount of time in the long run it means he can quit earlier then expected/planned.

Then its all about saving for the house we are going to build….yay!


Window Film:

Here is a great idea not only for privacy but to minimize the amount of UV rays that come through your windows that fade your furniture, floors…etc.
It also helps keep the summer heat & winter cold out of the house which means you can cuts costs on electricity bills. You can also get them completely see through or only with a very slight tint so it lets in all the day light so you can cut more costs on electricity by not using the lights during the day.
I don’t really like drapes/curtains as Im allergic to dust & they always collect with the privacy this provides you don’t even need to hang them. Ok enough said. Im won.

Info: homedepot, galltech, windowfilmanddecals


Build on a Budget

Double Story

one way to save when building on a budget

Talking with Migs the other day about size & space in regards to the house, I suggested we go with a two story as I wanted to use less land (reason being that we want to eventually build a self contained guest house that can also be used as a BnB)
We weren’t sure if it was more costly to build a double story…so after a little research I found out when building on a budget that its cheaper to build UP rather then OUT.
Reason for this is that a large part of the expense goes into roofing, insulation etc. And with a double story the roof ends up being smaller then on a single of the same size and a hellofalot cheaper then building it doubly large out. So UP it is!


with our leaseĀ  coming to an end & the rent being hiked upĀ  we were crunching numbers this evening to decide whether or not it would be conducive to our savings to move into a smaller place.

After weighing up all the pro’s & con’s we chose to cut down on some expenditures so that we could afford to stay here & still save. Its gonna be tight…but we have to do it.

Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and go to work.– Hunt, H. L.