So my fiance and I are looking to escape the city and go somewhere more green. Big surprise there, right? We're thinking New Hampshire or Vermont for the moment.
Im a nursing attendant and my fiancee is a nurse with a good amount of school loans, so we basically make same amount.
We don't drive. No building experience. Since December, we started seriously saving for land (about 2-3 acres max since I personally think that's plenty) and moving and have between us a little more than $2K in savings but squirreling as much as we can every paycheck.
I'm considering owner financing at some point but this is after I do all of the research that I can and looking at my options as to not jump into anything foolish.
Does anyone have any experience and advice for making this work despite being broke newbies in the game, especially in probably one of the worst times to make moves like this?
Step 1, move somewhere that cost of living is very low compared to earning potential. I haven't got a clue where this would be for your jobs in the states.. I am assuking your current area is on the expensive side, enough that you can save a lot more elsewhere. Check this assumption...
Save like hell, and work on skills. Driving, basic gardening, basic construction, physical fitness... read, research, practice on a a small scale. Think about where you want to live longer term. WWOOF on interesting farms if you get some vacation time.
Step 2, is the actual escape. Much more likely to go well if you can accumulate more resources and skills first. Lots of room for multi-thousand dollar surprises with rural property, houses, vehicles. A financial cushion is hands down the most versatile tool around, in any society that isn't operating on a gunpoint basis.
'Theoretically this level of creeping Orwellian dynamics should ramp up our awareness, but what happens instead is that each alert becomes less and less effective because we're incredibly stupid.' - Jerry Holkins
Look at what your biggest expenses are:
Food is often a biggie, but crappy food at a restaurant is more money and filled with unhealthy calories compared to home-made, so learning strong cooking skills can save a bundle.
Clothing is another biggy. In your industry, uniforms are the norm, but do you buy your own or are they provided? Getting off the "fast fashion" bandwagon in favor of clothing that's sturdy and timeless and learning basic sewing and mending skills which can be applied to a wide range of needs on a homestead can save a bundle also.
Practice your repair skills of all sorts - basic wiring, small motor repair etc. Look for free/garbaged things just to take them apart and see if you can get them back together (hint - take photos as you go!)
Even if you don't live where you have a garden, look for people who might exchange garden access for pruning or lawn-cutting (and learn that lawns *like* being 4 inches tall and that dandelions are edible if you don't put nasty stuff on them!)