Friday, November 12, 2010

Budget? What budget?

I did not come from a long line of crafters, decorators, or home makers. In fact, looking back I had one grandmother who crocheted. Other than that there has never been much craftiness in my family. Going way (way) back, to high school, if I had been told I was going to be a happy homemaker who is continuously crafting, baking, chasing kids, rehabbing old things and selling vintage & antiques I would have laughed at you. It's funny because I grew up as one of the poor kids and always resented it. Now as an adult in a 5 person household, with an income that falls well below poverty level for our area, we are still poor. But for this, I am grateful. Unbelievably grateful. It has taught me a thing or two (or a hundred). Being so broke that you could not make a budget if you wanted to is kind of like the mother of invention around here. My house has turned into a delightful collection of fabulous finds from Thrift Stores, hand me downs, yard sales, and even the things people throw in their trash. I spent $200 for my dining table, chairs and hutch a few years back. Other than that I have not spent more than $20 on any one item around here. Most things were free or next to free.
Whenever I see something that I just have to have, I find a way to do it without spending big bucks. It has really taught me a LOT. I've learned how to rewire lamps, refinish furniture, super glue ANYTHING (including my fingers together a time or two), beading, no sew projects. I've made my local hardware store my best friend. I know where to find the best deals and which yard sales to hit every year. I have a local thrift store I haunt because they know me well. All I have to do is go in, tell them what I am looking for and if they don't have it on the floor they let me go to the backroom and look and then cut me a deal. Hee hee. Yes, I barter on the prices at the Thrift Store.
We live in a town full of doctors and lawyers. Where the average household income is nearly $100,000 a year (and looking around that certainly seems like a low ball estimate). I'm happy to say that my kids can't tell the difference. I like to think it's because they have a mommy who is crafty & thrifty like that! We have everything any ones else has (minus the techie gadgets flat screens, tv's, cell phones, GPS, ect. Hey, I told you I am technologically challenged!) but the bonus is ours was made with love!! ♥♥


  1. Hi Nicki,
    Thank you ever so much for visiting my blog and so nice to meet you! I am technologically challenged as well and new to the blogging world but having a good time trying to figure it all out and meeting so many nice people along the way. I just love your blog page and your "GONE JUNKIN" bird is my fav...haven't been able to figure out how to do that yet!!!
    Hope you have a lovely weekend!

  2. I think a lot of people are trying to go back to a simple way of life. Personally I love yard sales, 2nd hand stores etc! I've even noticed a trend on television where people are giving up their cells, blackberries etc and trying to "un-connect" and re-connect with family. I enjoyed your post.

  3. it makes my heart smile to read your words i am so happy to come across women who feel the same way i do - i don't have a lot of money will never have millions of dollars (thousands is a big leap) but i am happy and content in the things i do i always feel like i don't want to do one thing perfectly i want the opportunity to try my hand at many different things some i may go well and some may not-


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