I’m not a big believer in packing light, I’m afraid, although I never quite looked at that as a positive thing. No matter how hard I try, I can’t seem to help trying to cover every possible contingency that might come up during my travels. And, in fact, I more often than not find myself wishing for something I didn’t pack!
So, it’s nice to be validated by this amusing essay by our member, Beth Schrader, who provides a number of reasons why keeping it on the light side is not a good idea.
Twenty Years Later: The State Of Cohousing In America
Cohousing is a topic that is getting considerable interest from Boomers who are looking for new ways to think about retirement. Some communities are intergenerational and some are specifically for the 50 and up crowd. But one thing is for sure, this is a concept in development. What we see now is not likely to be what we’ll see another 20 years from now.
This article was written by Brad Gunkel, a principal in McCamant & Durrett Architects, a firm that specializes in building cohousing developments. Here are his observations about the state of cohousing 20 years after the concept was first introduced in this country.
Adds Up To Real Money: Allison's Favorite Frugal Tips
I’m coming to a more frugal mindset later in life. I used to think, 'Oh it’s only a hundred bucks', but then I began thinking about alternative applications for that money and it began to hit home for me. What else would that $100 do for me? Help fund an IRA, pay down extra on my house note, go towards a special vacation? Oh well then. Thought about in those terms, I began to take more interest in saving on things that weren't difficult to do, or that I didn't really care about, or that didn't affect my quality of life.
Here I've shared some of those things with you and over a year they can add up to Real Money.