Charles J. Shields contributes a piece to Writers’ Houses about Vonnegut’s home in West Barnstable, Massachusetts:
What Kurt and Jane didn’t realize (or perhaps didn’t want to think about) is that it takes money to live, even as free spirits. They were broke all the time. In the winter, Kurt kicked and pounded on the ancient furnace in the basement that wouldn’t work properly. Hard-up for cash, he took copywriting jobs while furiously writing and submitting short stories to Colliers, Ladies Home Journal, Saturday Evening Post and similar magazines.