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Jenk    Posted 09-06-2004 at 20:01:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
I was born and raised (and currently live) in the Chicago suburbs; thus, I live with much traffic and stress that I'd rather be without.

I'd love to live in the country (not sure in what state), but I don't know how my husband and I could afford to make a decent living with our educational backgrounds--he's into computer networking/programming, and I have my degree in English and currently work in Merchandising.

We have no knowledge of farming and wouldn't want to go that route, anyway. (We're better off sticking to what we know, in terms of affording our bread and butter.) ;)

Can someone please tell me how one can manage to live in the country, not farm, and still make a living?



geo in MI    Posted 09-07-2004 at 06:44:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
Why not try a blended lifestyle? This coming weekend, get on I-94 and come on over to Southwestern Michigan. Stop off in Paw Paw--only 2 1/2 hours away-- and enjoy the annual Wine and Harvest Festival. Stop in at ReMax Associates and take a look at all the lake property for sale here(133 lakes in this county alone). I have neighbors all along this lake from the Chicago area. Take a drive around and look at the country opportunities--heck, even go on east 25 miles to Kalamazoo, to Western Michigan University--might be some job opportunities there. Try Meijer for merchandising jobs--largest and fastest growing retailer in this area with headquarters in Grand Rapids. You never know until you take a drive out of the city.

bulldinkie    Posted 09-06-2004 at 20:43:23       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Yep own your own businessWe raise texas longhorn cattle tennessee walker horses,other farm animals,hubby owns 2 construction companys.

They    Posted 09-06-2004 at 20:16:20       [Reply]  [No Email]

call that commuting. Like in driving back and forth to work. Most large cities have a hotline that will tell you how to do this. Country is a place where it is acceptable and legal to have an outhouse and also acceptable and legal to do as you please on your front and back porch. Suggested fuel efficient commuter vehicle-One ton diesel pickup.

toolman    Posted 09-06-2004 at 20:04:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
i have friends that lived in a big city and worked in software developement and moved here , they work still with big firms here and in the states over their computers,they do very well.

Jenk    Posted 09-06-2004 at 20:13:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
You don't say? Hmmm... Perhaps I need to whisper such info. in my husband's ear while he's sleeping at night.... LOL Seriously, though, I thank you for the information. At least I now know that it *can* be done. Not sure that we'll ever make it into official country living, but one can dream. *sigh* :)


Ennis    Posted 09-06-2004 at 20:44:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
Country living can be done on a very small place.

1 acre can be a self sufficient homestead

Go to a library and get the book "HAVE MORE PLAN" by Robinsons or you can order it from for 8 or 9 $ plus shipping. The book is dated with some outlawed peticides and such but it will fire up the country inside you.

Also a good book to have is Carla Emery's " The Encyclopedia of Country Living"

Enjoy the trip to/of country Living.

My wife is from the Detroit area and she just loves the country.

toolman    Posted 09-06-2004 at 20:16:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
anything is possible they say if you want it bad enough, good luck.

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