Wow, pretty intense story. But good for you! That is quite an accomplishment to have a 3-4 month emergency fund now after such a difficult time. So where are you originally from? If/when you move again, where will you go and what will you do different?
I wish you the best on your journey! I have two children, and a part of me is envious that you were able to have that experience, even the bad parts...so I guess it's true that the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.
I'm originally Australian. I'm surprised you are even a tiny bit envious of me
! You seem to be doing very well in your budget and life.
I think I realized through this experience that I'm nowhere near as resourceful as I wish I was.
For example, when I moved here I found out furniture, even second-hand, is very expensive (and I've never learned how to drive so it seemed harder to get it secondhand). So I waited and saved up for it because I didn't know what else to do.
Recently I met a woman who travels a lot more. When she arrived here and found out furniture was expensive, she collected off-cuts of timber from the hardware store that they were throwing away (for free!) and made some of her own. I could have saved a lot of hassle if I'd thought outside the box a little more (and been a bit more confident with a hammer).
Vile Merchant wrote:
What's disturbing is that THIS is a success story
Yeah, you're right. Most days, I don't feel like that much of a success. But I've seen people celebrating getting out of credit card debt and stuff like that. I'm not in debt and I have some savings. I thought maybe I should view it in a more positive light.