Anthony already touched on who we are, where we are and that we have been able to furnish our house for free.
I will touch on a couple other things here a bit unrelated to furniture, but still a big reason for our frugality (or at least my motivation with it). I’ll try to keep it brief, but no promises. I am a firm believer that details are important. 😉
Also pretty sure I just heard Anthony’s eyes roll hahaha.
So, I grew up in an affluent area of Orange County. My high school was right outside of a wealthy gated community and (just to give you a quick idea) I went to school with some of the people on the Real Housewives show.
I’ve never seen an episode of it though, so you can just take that with a grain of salt.
There were some times growing up wh
ere a friend was “punished” for totaling her new mustang so had to drive the 1990-something BMW or where they would just suggest I ask my parents for a $100+ so we could go to Disney or dinner or some random attraction.
I didn’t go on school trips or Grad Night and I worked my but off at Ralph’s and Pick Up Stix to put a down payment on a beater car that ended up being broken as soon as I drove off the lot with it.
Fast forward a few years and Anthony met the broke train wreck that was me…
maybe not a train wreck, but more like a camp mess hall after a food fight? Is that any better?
Needless to say, I was broke as a joke and kind of a disaster. This guy saw past all of that and a few months later we were engaged and trying to have a budget wedding with 325 guests.
A few more months and we were married and 8 months later we were all packed up and driving a Uhaul out to good ole 120 degree Arizona.
A year later we purchased out first house and we realized how expensive it is to own a house. We had to get creative.
I had moved some 18 times from the time I was 17 to 21, sometimes moving back to someone’s couch after trying to go off on my own. Owning a house that was ours was a big deal.
Now I wanted to have it all – you know, champagne taste with a beer budget? It wasn’t going to happen unless we got creative. Thank God, He made me a creative person 😉
Am I always frugal? No, I’m not. I love my makeup and my few select designer items, but I was in my 20s before I ever owned a new something designer. I also love my hand –me-downs and my thrift finds. Heck, my wedding dress was essentially 80ish% off but that’s another story for another time.
For profit and design,