Originally Posted by FloridaBorn
Big expense coming up for me is going to be a new fridge (preferably one made this century!) and I kind of dread it... new appliances are crazy-friggin-costly!
We bought ours early Jan when there were a bunch of sales. Spent $500CAD on a simple (yet good sized) model found at an online store.
Ok, here's our really frugal crazy bits and I feel like they top some people in the sense that they *do* border on crazy.
DH and I lived separately for a year to save money to buy a house. He rented a tiny bachelor pad/room for rent within walking distance of his work and I lived with my parents an hour's drive away.
Then we bought a fixer upper. Like, pay it off within 15 years or less fixer upper and have been paying as we go on remodeling. We reuse a lot of old things (tub, old bathroom sink/faucet but "new" vanity, old kitchen sink but new faucet, paint kitchen cabinets instead of replacing type of thing.)
We had to replace all the plumbing as it was old and rusty. We were also planning on moving the bathroom. Building the new bathroom took a lot longer than we thought. Had to gut the room, (realized we had a log house with no insulation!) frame outer walls and insulate, build dividing wall (to make large room smaller), painting, plastering, taking up and putting down new flooring... and I was sick with the flu for 3 weeks and DH's work schedule was changed so he didn't have a lot of time to work during the week.
We thought we could use the old bathroom then make the switch to the new in a day or two. But, right away the old plumbing gave out. It didn't make sense to replace all the pipes to the old bathroom/kitchen then move them once the new bathroom was ready... so we've been living without running water. We already share a well and pump with our neighbours so it's no extra cost to them and they let us fill up some jugs at their outside tap. (Even our main shutoff was a POS so we had to have the neighbours shut our water off at their house... our house used to be his Dad's hence the connection)
For two months
, I have been lugging water from next door (20 feet away) boiling it to wash dishes, clean, etc and have flushed a toilet by dumping water into it. I really don't mind it except having to *admit* to people that I do it. Because people look at us like we're weird, treat us like we're poor etc.
To be honest, we didn't expect it to take this long. Being sick/work schedule change set us *way* back. Also, realizing we didn't have all pieces and needing to reorder wasn't fun either.
But, it's going awesome and just about finished. (Any day now
) Oh, we shower/do laundry at my sister's 5 minutes away.
And we choose not to have a tv which = you're poor to most people... even though we have a fancy computer with high speed internet.