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Old 01-07-2014, 08:29 AM   #1
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Hello all,

I was looking to see if there is anybody out there willing to share their experience of moving from city to rural with me. For the last year my family and I have been considering selling it all and moving from the south suburbs of Chicago to southern Illinois or north western Kentucky.

We (wife and 3 kids under 3, sister and brother in law and 2 kids under 3, and my parents) have been tossing around the idea of selling it all buying 50-100 aces outside of a town of reasonable size (10,000ish people) where we could basically be in the middle of nowhere but 10 or 15 miles from grocery stores and basic amenities.

Collectively we have the money to buy the property outright and make it liveable for three families, as well as a few bucks left over If it didn't work out and we had to move back to suburbia or for an emergency. The backup money is not substantial by any means but just enough to justify the risk of taking the plunge.

We plan on living the pipe dream of raising the majority of our food, living somewhat off the land, and not having a regular 9-5. We are fortunate enough to have a source of income that can be relocated anywhere, although currently said source would only provide about half of what we anticipate it would take to support the three families without getting real jobs or dipping into reserves.

I know its kind of a long shot but has anybody else found themselves in a similar situation? If so have you gone through with it and how did it turn out? Please share your stories.

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Not sure if it really matter but we are very familiar with the are we are considering moving to. The family (my parents) have a vacation house in southern Illinois that we spend probably 30 weekends a year at. Not that it should matter too much but we are very familiar with the area we may wind up.

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I've not done it myself, but close friends have. They moved to rural Mississippi with five kids. They have a pond with fish, a large farm, a few head of cattle, pigs, chickens, etc.

It's hard work, from what they tell me but they seem very happy and they have the most pleasant and well behaved kids you'd ever want to meet. They also home school which has become much more mainstream than it used to be.

The only red flag I see with your plan is what happens if some of your group loves the lifestyle, but others hate it and want to move on?

Is there one person in the group who has unique skills that the rest could not carry on without? Can the remaining members buy out the exiting family member?

Personally, I think it's a great idea and I'd love to hear how it works out for you.

Good luck.

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Hell of a point about what if somebody dosnt like the lifestyle. That is definitely something to bring up to everybody. Thanks for the input. Hopefully six months or a year from now I will be writing a post about my experiences.

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