• http://dreadnaughtdarling.com Kera

    I reside in Washington, about an hour and half from Olympia (though I plan on relocating closer). Living in a tiny home has a huge effect on your day-to-day consumption. My house is 135 square feet.

    If you’re a bulk shopper, that’s out of the question in a small house. Costco doesn’t make sense for you anymore, as you’ll have no where to put any of that stuff. So, you consume a lot less and are more aware of what you are buying. Those 3 for $5 deals on Cheezits do not sound nearly as appealing… where are you going to put three boxes of Cheezits?

    I go grocery shopping one or twice a week. I eat meat less, as all I have is a mini fridge to buy it in, and you can only buy so much at a time with no freezer. I participate in a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) similar to Full Circle, but I use Terra Organics. I have vegetables and fruit that are delivered to me weekly.

    Heating bill, in the summer my heating bill was less than $5 a month as a 5 gallon propane tank lasted me two months. However, I go through about one every two weeks now that the colder months are here. That brings the heating bill to $22 a month or so. I do shower in the main house though, so I do not have a hot water tank yet.

    It is a big dynamic shift. Especially around the holidays. People ask what you want for gifts and I tell them “experiences, not things.” It changes how you interact with family a lot if they are gift-givers. So you ask for consumables (baked goods are pretty rad, as I don’t have an oven, just a two burner stove), like cookies or wine. Or say you want to have dinner with them, and that can be the gift.

    You gain a lot of time too. You’re not spending so much time taking care of the yard or cleaning the house. You have more time to pick up that craft project or that book, or play ball with your dog. It’s rewarding certainly.