Living with less, and cutting costs


husband and I were renting an 1800+ square feet home with double-car garage

in a nice suburban community in Northern Virginia, located approximately 40

minutes from downtown Washington, DC.

This town home was worth $400,000+ in 2005. That is not its value now.


the same time, our 1500+ square feet town house in a suburb outside of Raleigh,

NC (purchased at just under $150,000) was being rented for $885 per month,

which covered our first mortgage (our 2nd mortgage is under $300 per



and with onl