This week in the column, I wrote about Jane Dwinell and her family. They're getting by just fine — Jane and her husband Sky Yardley are essentially retired and living off of investment income. They live part-time in Montpelier, in a house they built themselves and share with their grown children, Dana and Sayer. They also spend part of the year living on canal boat in France (see photos).
I wrote about them because they weren't always so financially secure. Back in 1993, Jane read Your Money or Your Life, a book that made her rethink her relationship with money. Jane told me that following the book's advice helped her family achieve their goal of financial independence.
I read YMOYL several years ago, but I was too lazy — and too chicken — to do what the authors
Apparently this approach works — for some people anyway. Looking at these photos of France makes me want to give it another try.
I'm still actively seeking stories and ideas for "Getting By." Please leave them as comments here, or send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Of course, alert readers will have noted that the series, when announced, was supposed to run weekly. But our papers have been a little thinner, so we scaled it back to every other week, alternating with "Hackie" — that's one of the ways we're getting by. Heh.