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    • Thu, Jun 09, 2011 - 03:21am

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      Err on the Side of Caution

    Rich, I am going through a similar dilemma. My husband and I are looking to buy farm land in Spain (where he is originally from). Do we buy something small now and pay in cash? Buy a larger property and take out a loan?  Or wait until we have the cash to buy our ideal sustainable land?

     I have always been financially cautious and currently we are going to either try to pay in cash or if we cannot afford what we like, wait until we have the cash to buy something more significant. The way I see it is too much dept get us into this mess in the first place (a simplified version of something complex, buy you get my idea). With the global economy contracting, the last thing I want is more personal dept. Even on principal alone, I don’t like the idea. I would rather live on something small that I owned outright than live on something large that was not entirely mine.

     My advice: proceed cautiously. See what is available now for the money you currently have. You may be surprised with what you can afford. If not wait a bit, save like heck and buy when you have the cash.

    Lisa

    • Sat, Mar 05, 2011 - 07:33am

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      Well Said

    I think the key here is not to withhold information but to communicate more openly and reasonably. And be OK with the person not getting it immediately, but understand your marriage is a partnership, and you can’t be making plans to move out of the city or whatnot without them being on board.

    Well Said, soulsurfersteph. As a wife who has been trying to discuss Martenson issues with her husband for months now, I agree with all you have said. It’s not easy but at the end of the day, you need a spouse that is 100% on board.

    I have been having a really tough time trying to convince my husband that a new Ipad might not be the best investments and after MUCH discussion and disagreement, he is finally seeing the light. Skyrocketing oil, siver, gold and food prices have helped….

    Another thing that helps is a like-minded community. Several of my husband’s co-workers are very aware and resilient.  They farm organically, buy food in bulk, preserve their own food, and cut their firewood.  We just had a lovely dinner tonight with one of my husband’s co-workers. His wife flyfishes, hunts and her next major purchase is going to be a chainsaw (not a dress, macro2682…). My husband left marvelling at how resilient they were.

    Sometimes if you singlehandedly try to talk to your spouse he/she might tune you out due to fear, anxiety, or general disbelief. However, surrounding yourself by a positive community of like-minded individuals has seemed to work marvellously.

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