Making the Most of Living in the Burbs

surviving the burbs

It’s odd how society goes through major shifts when it comes to trendy places to live. In the mid to latter part of the last century families strove to make the move to the suburbs where kids could have room to play and grow. However, the mood changed and Americans flocked back to cities in droves and that trend continued until the bubble burst somewhere between 2008 and 2009. Many men (and women!) lost their jobs and when it was determined that life in the fast lane came at a price that was too high to meet, large numbers of families migrated back to the burbs and even more rural areas.

This left many at a disadvantage, having to readjust to life far removed from all the major shopping centers, movie theaters, pizza deliveries and all the amenities that come along with living in the city. Even jobs were harder to find so families were quite literally forced to make the most out of living in the burbs. Here are some of the ways in which families dealt with the shift.

Setting Up a Home Based Business

The first problem many encountered was the lack of employment. Dad still commuted back and forth to work each day but mom was, not by her choice, left with the choice of commuting as well or finding local employment. Many opted to start a home based business online but unfortunately, this too, led to a new set of setbacks.

Cable and internet services are scarce in rural areas so if you had any hope at all of starting an online business, you had to find a reliable way to connect. For many the solution came in the form of satellite internet that was much faster than connections through phone lines such as services offered by AOL. Many successful businesses have been started in just this way, from home, but often growing out of a need to find employment close enough to the home to be there when the kids get home.

Learning to Shop Weekly

Another obstacle that had to be overcome was the fact that moms had to retrain themselves to shop less often than they did when living in the heart of town. There are few supermarkets in rural areas and those that are existent are often overpriced and open shorter hours than stores in town. Moms quickly learned to make a complete list of what would be needed in the coming days or weeks to plan meals and they needed supplies to hold them over until their next trip to the city. It takes some getting used to, but once they re-learned the art of shopping for their families, this actually gave them more time to spend at home with the kids, or at the office (home office that is) bringing in a much needed second source of income.

From finding ways to entertain the children to re-learning how to shop less frequently, families soon learned to adjust to life in rural communities. While some couldn’t make the transition smoothly enough, others decided that this more peaceful existence is what they had been craving unknowingly. Today’s families are still looking at life in rural areas for a less expensive, less hectic lifestyle and can learn much from what the past decade’s families learned the hard way. Life in the burbs is perhaps a bit slower and more difficult to adjust to, but in the end you will find that there are amazing benefits to life in a slower, more laid back area.

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