by RowdyRetailer - Posted Fri August 20, 2010 @ 12:09 AM
I am not flaunting at all. I merely try to offer an alternative view.
I dont have a high profile job with flashy suits and designer shoes. I manage a grocery store with 150 associates, not exactly high class, but over the years of hard work it has paid off financially for us.
What we spent on our house is what most people spend on a car.
There was no great fortune, we merely planned our lives the direction we wanted to go.
We live a different lifestyle than most. What is ironic about your post is we got made fun of alot during the early years with the choices we made.
We bought a foreclosed house. This particular house, the owners knew they were losing the house so they destroyed it. We had to rip out the carpets, and installed ourselves remants to cover the floors. Almost everything had to be replaced. Most people wouldnt live under those conditions.
That is a hard pill to swallow for most people. While others took out mortgages we bought a home that needed ALOT of repairs.
People thought we were nuts to do that, but in the few years it took to get it right, it was worth it.
We still live in this house. Its about 1400 sq ft on a zero lot line property. Not much room
We still lead a thrifty life, my car is going on 8 years old and the wifes is 7, and the truck is 9.
There is no fortune in that. We could have bought new, but I dont see the value in it. I dont like to spend money on things that depreciate. Id rather someone else take the hit on depreciation.
Mrs Rowdy did the teaching thing when we were first married, so I know the salaries. She worked summer school in the summer and taught at a Sylvan learning center type place some evenings and weekends during the school year.
Its not popular to pay cash, I get it.
I do have my quirks unrelated to money, eating, restaurants, fast food, junk food, cleanliness. Those are personal quirks. I have my opinions just like everyone elses.
Im sorry you feel I am flaunting. We enjoy taking in foster children and providing a stable family relationship to them for a short period of time. Its not always about us, its about helping others and providing for the less fortunate.
I do wish you the best.