Over the years, it seems to have become the norm for the population to live beyond their financial foothold.

It’s a fine line between having a massive mortgage and trying to make ends meet to pay the bills that keep piling up each month, and living within a budget, making sure to stay on the path to financial sustainability.

The good news, is that the tides have turned and people are realizing that it’s in their best interest to look for other ways of buying their own home. They are now choosing to find practical, unconventional avenues to purchasing a home through something known as the “alternative home living” movement.

The alternative home living movement is a lifestyle choice. It includes people who choose to go beyond the traditional (and usually expensive) white picket fence home in order to find ways to establish financial and emotional well-being.

A few examples include:

  • Pallet Homes: with pallets overflowing in warehouses and businesses, this is an affordable, low-income housing option built, literally, by recycled pallets
  • Tiny Homes: the most popular option, this trend has become a movement all of its own, what with tiny home communities popping up all over the globe
  • Vehicle Homes: converting an old bus or van can seem a bit unrefined, but with a bit of elbow grease and the right price, your mobile home can change location at any time
  • Modular Homes: these have been around since the 1900’s. They’re premade, which means you just have to find the land and have the proper hook-ups installed.
  • Micro-Lofts: basically a bachelor suite laid out in a way that incorporates the bedroom, living space and kitchen all into one space
  • Shipping Containers: utilizing just one, or engineering many to make a larger space, shipping containers create a large space using minimal materials

All of these alternative home living options are resourceful ways to building and purchasing your very own home. You can decorate it how you like, live where you want and enjoy the good life, debt free and moving forward.

It’s a great way to minimize your lifestyle; it’s just a matter of preference.

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