I haven’t written much about thrift lately. To be honest, this has not been a “thrifty” year. We moved into a condo from a house. There’s nothing “thrifty” about a move.
We were blessed to get full price for our home in less than 24 hours. This alone made us feel like we were doing the right thing.
When you move, you want new stuff. I did get some new stuff, but I resisted the urge to go overboard. For instance, we lost a bedroom, so I insisted on getting a sofa-bed (and love seat). We were not going to live without a soft water conditioner. You don’t go 38 years and decide to get cheap on that!
As I was talking to the condo salesperson, she asked me if there was anything she could do to “sweeten the pot” as she knew we were looking at another development too (the prices were comparable). I thought a minute and said, “blinds” and it was done. She could get them wholesale and that saved us a bunch of money. You simply cannot have windows without something on them in a new home! I haven’t purchased anything else for window treatments, but I do plan on sheers for the living room early in 2016. They will come from Amazon and I will get points for using my Amazon credit card. The hardware I have to look at and touch, so that will be Lowes, most likely.
We were given an “allowance” and that’s an interesting way to find out where you, as a couple put your priorities in decorating a home. We were mostly in agreement. We did not get hardwood floors or granite counter tops. I found a counter top pattern that looks like granite from a distance. So, on the other hand, I was able to upgrade all cabinets in kitchen and bathroom, order a storage unit for the utility room that is just wonderful and install (kitchen) cabinets over my washer and dryer, a lifelong dream! We were able to have the openings to the den and sun room “trimmed out” which really adds class!
I went dark with the kitchen. I think my husband was a little wary, but by the time I had that all put together, he finally figured out that I missed my calling as an interior decorator. We have a canister skylight in the kitchen, an absolute MUST! Because I lost my desk space—previously in my bedroom—the builders made me a desk in the kitchen. I upgraded the appliances, but the jury is still out on this brushed aluminum. Ty Pennington never has to CLEAN them, does he??
We didn’t buy any new accessories and it was interesting to see how all of our stuff worked in the new place. We did purge before the move, and I had some ideas, but it was amazing to see how this didn’t work and that did! I reached back to two or three houses ago for some of my ideas. Jerry had an amazing eye! I never give him credit for that and he was remarkable in the placement of pictures and so forth.
I made do with my nine-year-old bedding, but I just treated myself to new after Christmas. Actually, it's on it's way! I didn’t buy any new towels or shower curtains, we just made do. They will wear out eventually, and I will get new.
The most important concept of being able to do all of this is that, because we have practiced thrift all of our lives, we had some resources to be able to do this.
I have never been happier in a residence! Now back to thrifty living. I want a big vacation in a couple of years.
Until we "connect" again......