To understand, you have to know a bit more of our history. Kyle and I met and fell in love when we were very young... At only 14 and 15, we were babies really. By the time we graduated, we knew we wanted to get married. We took the next year of Kyle working full time and taking welding classes, and me baby sitting and going to college. During that time we lived with my parents (still in seperate bedrooms lol). We took extra odd jobs on the weekends. We mowed yards (paid for schooling), we baby sat my younger siblings for my parents to go out (in exchange for our weekly date money), we painted rooms in my sister's new house (hello engagment ring!), we sat with an elderly neighbor man (bought Kyle's truck), and pretty much did whatever needed done. We did most of these things together so it didnt feel like as much work as it was.
We saved our pennies, we stayed the course, and by summer we had $7,200 in our savings. With that money we did something that now seems crazy... A week before our wedding, we bought our first house... And paid CASH. It was a 1976 double wide. It needed a complete remodel. Alot of our friends and family got us Lowe's gift cards as wedding presents and my parents bought us new siding sinse we chose to have a $500 wedding rather than a big event. We worked on it bit by bit on the weekends, paying cash for supplies as we had the money. We did luck out that my dad loves projects like this and was a great help. It took a year of living with my parents and paying them a small rent. But when it was done, it was all ours. We were debt free.
The mere words "debt free" make me smile. Living that way has opened up so many doors for us that would otherwise be closed. Imagine your life without payments... When you are debt free, that is a reality. We do our best to honor God with our finances. The absolute worst times in our marriage have been when we started straying from that lifestyle. We have always been quick to get back on track with our budgeting though. It is a huge help that we have never had credit cards. We did make a bad vehical purchase a couple of years ago, right after Kyle got his new job. We paid cash, but basucally it was just a money pit and to get away from it, we ended up buying our current car with a loan that we quickly paid off. Looking back it was just bad judgment. We should not have bought the money pit. We should have just bought something cheap to get out of it and saved up for the car we have now.
This brings us to today. We still shop at thrift atores and off clearance racks. The vast majority of our daughters' clothes are hand me downs. We save where we can, to spend were we want. We do currently have a loan on our NC home, that we plan to pay off in just few years. We have already paid off a fifth of it since December 2013, which I feel pretty great about. We also want to have some savings and are looking into investing (still trying to gain more of an understanding about all that). Kyle has a great job here and will probably never make this kind of money at another job, so we will be in WV for a good long while.
To summarize, I guess I just want to say that we are very blessed, BUT we did not luck into this life. We worked hard and sacrificed. We made goals and plans to meet those goals. We started young and that was a major help. Most people our age are just starting out really. It is never too early to have dreams... It is never too late either.