Earlier this week I shared my tips on how to set up a comfortable home without breaking the bank.
Today I want to take you on a tour of the house to show you what it looks like so you’ll know that you can set up a frugal house, too.
Since we’ve been back in North America, we’ve had to completely replace almost all our household items. I’m amazed at the fact that we have almost everything we need and we spent less than $2,000 ($1,825.48, to be exact). That covers all the furniture, new bedding, pots and pans, kitchen items … everything other than some clothes and a dozen boxes of books.
To be clear, I don’t think I have the nicest, fanciest, or best decorated house on the block, but I do believe that we were able to save a ton of money to have a nice looking house. Also, we’re not doing this because we can’t afford to buy more/nicer things for our home. When we left the mission field, we agreed with our supporting church that instead of shipping our items back to the States that they would give us the cost of shipping in cash so we could re-buy household items. We are well below that amount.
Our theory is that the less we spend on setting up the house, the more we’ll have to give. It’s one way we’re trying to live out missional frugality and the principles I discuss in Transforming Your Financial Diet.
There are multiple reasons why we decided to set up our house as frugally as possible:
- We believe it is a way to honor God. I firmly believe that how I spend my money is a reflection of where my treasure is. What we spend money on is a reflection of what we value. To be blunt, if I’m going to sit at a desk and work for the day, I don’t really care what style or brand it is, as long as it does the job. That’s not a value to me. I’m certainly not judging those of you who like nicer furniture because I believe in a weight watchers approach to frugality. I’m sure I spend more than you in different areas of my budget.
- We believe that frugality removes household stress. When I calculated my hourly worth, I decided that I didn’t want to work more just to get nicer stuff. As a self-employed person, I don’t want the stress of not having enough to pay the bills to roll over and add more stress to the work I do.
- We decided that we’d buy better quality items if we bought things used. That may sound strange to you, but if we were only going to spend $200 on a table and chairs, we quickly realized our best bet was to buy it used instead of buying some type of cheap imitation wood.
- It’s fun. I love the challenge of finding items heavily discounted. It’s provides a type of shopping rush or high. :)
If you want to know how we were able to find these prices, then look back over my post on how to set up a home without much money.