The 10-month work year dilemma has caused me to seriously evaluate some of my financial goals. I definitely want to pay off my debt. But what's next? I've always thought I should buy a house, and that was one of the reasons why I started this project. However, recently I had a few problems with the house I'm renting- some basement flooding, too much snow to shovel, a broken oven- and I've realized that it's really, really difficult for me to manage a house all by myself. Not only do I not have the time, but I don't have the physical strength or expertise to fix or shovel as I need to. And frankly, I don't have the money!
So, what if I did buy this house? Would I be happy because I owned my own home, or stressed financially and overwhelmed by maintenance? If you own your home, is it worth it?