Comments on: 4 Significant Lifestyle Changes in the Past 40 Years One couple's story of escaping 9 to 5 until 65 Wed, 20 Jul 2016 17:22:09 +0000 hourly 1 By: ARB Sat, 29 Aug 2015 11:30:37 +0000 I might take that idea, Bryan! I’ll give you credit for it, of course.

By: Stockbeard Fri, 28 Aug 2015 23:44:46 +0000 Yes, you got me, our kids are very young! (4 and 1). Not sure we could live in 900sq ft with teenagers 🙂

By: Bryan Fri, 28 Aug 2015 23:25:21 +0000 Folks, we have a winner here (so far)! 🙂

Can anyone top Stockbeard’s strange and unusual lifestyle regarding his residence, cars, TVs, and cell phones? You will have to beat this:
– Less than 225 square footage per person in your residence
– Must have no cars
– Will need less than .5 TVs per person
– Less than .5 cell phones per person

I do suspect Stockbeard has small children that might skew our calculations. With all this massive brainpower reading comments like this one, we could probably come up with a rating system to show how well someone kicks butt on these 4 lifestyle changes!


By: Stockbeard Fri, 28 Aug 2015 22:00:33 +0000 Family of 4 living in 900sq. ft. We don’t own a car, we have 2 cellphones and one TV.
I win?

By: Bryan Fri, 28 Aug 2015 17:55:22 +0000 Now I am even more impressed! You must do some serious planning to coordinate your transportation in your family of four drivers. The fact that biking and walking are not a simple option demonstrates how dedicated you are to saving money.

If you think about it, the default answer to a problem is to purchase something. In your case, another car would solve that problem. However, that would create a new problem on the family finances.

We have attempted to adopt a “no cost or low cost” option first if possible. It requires us to find a solution that the last result requires using money.

By: Bryan Fri, 28 Aug 2015 17:33:39 +0000 ARB,

I can only imagine an article you could write about the changes in the banking industry over 40 years. How about some credit default swaps, no doc mortgages, or bill payment fees? Hmmm… sounds good!

Totally forgot about that Back to the Future reverence regarding TVs. Whenever I happen to run across an episode of the original episode of Star Trek, I can’t believe how creative Gene Roddenberry was with coming up with Sci-Fi gadgets. Communicators, automatic sliding doors, tri-quarters that scanned our bodies, ways to track people and things, the list goes on. No transporters yet but we can send email very easily. 🙂


By: SherryH Fri, 28 Aug 2015 16:35:14 +0000 Hi, Bryan! Followed you over from the comment section at I Pick Up Pennies.

We used to have the really cheap cable package that gave us the local network channels, but we went through a real financial crunch and even that had to go. There are a few programs I still miss now and then, but I was never much of a TV watcher, anyway.

We live in a neighborhood off a busy highway with narrow shoulders, so biking and walking places really isn’t a go. There’s paratransit-you can arrange a day in advance for the van to pick you up and bring you back-and a fixed-route bus from Wal-Mart to the county courthouse. We live about three miles from Wal-mart.

Our goal is to get a third vehicle when the younger kid starts working. (Kids are 20 and 22. Old enough to be in school or working, but a little young to shove out of the nest just yet.) I don’t drive, so once they move on, we’ll be down to one vehicle.

When the kids were little and I still drove, we had long stretches of getting by with one vehicle. Inconvenient at times, but not a huge ordeal.

Thanks for the welcome-glad I stopped by!

By: ARB Fri, 28 Aug 2015 09:54:21 +0000 Boy, how things change. That statistic with the phones blew me away! Shouldn’t have, yet somehow did.

I can’t believe that people live in such huge homes with so few people! I would never want anything like that. All that money down the drain so you can maintain a larger house and yard? You’re paying extra money to do more work? Why would anyone want that?

With the TVs, I can’t help but think of the scene in “Back To The Future” where Marty is in his mother’s home during her teenager years and she asks him if he has a TV. When he replies that he has two, the kids at the table (his future uncles) are in shock and his future grandmother tells them that he is joking because nobody can have two TVs.

Imagine how things will look in 2055.

ARB–Angry Retail Banker

By: Bryan Fri, 28 Aug 2015 01:45:45 +0000 Sherry,

I am glad you found us and thanks for the comment. Welcome! 🙂

Looking at your situation, you are able to live in less than 3,000 square foot; have one or two cars less than expected, you are average on the TV’s per household, and are at the new standard for cell phones. That is wild that with the three TVs, you don’t have cable! You must be missing the bills….

Very creative in having four adults in the household, one needing a vehicle for work, yet you can manage in an area without much public transportation. I suspect you might actually walk, ride bikes, carpool, and plan/coordinate trips. I think I am attracting weird people to this site!

Weird in that you have a paid for home, no cable, and able to manage your transportation needs with less vehicles. You will probably tell me next that you budget, save money, invest, and do all those other kind of weird things. 🙂

Welcome to the club! Take care,

By: SherryH Thu, 27 Aug 2015 21:08:27 +0000 We live in a roughly 1900-square foot home-that’s me, my husband, and our two adult sons. It’d probably cost us more to downsize than to stay put, since it’s paid for.

Two cars, three drivers. In the near-absence of public transit in our area, that gets tricky sometimes, especially since one of our sons is a pizza delivery driver. No dropping him off at work and picking him up after his shift! lol

Here’s a funny for you: Three TVs, no cable. Younger son has our tiny old one in his room, not even plugged in. Older son bought himself a flatscreen, uses it for video games and video streaming. The big one in the living room serves as a monitor for the DVD player and VCR. Honestly, if it disappeared, it’d probably take me a week or three to notice.

Honestly, I’d have thought TV ownership would have declined with the advent of streaming and a plethora of devices to stream on.

Can’t say much about cell phones-we each have a smartphone. Honestly, I’d rather have my old flip phone back!