It’s no secret I’m quite frugal. I rarely pass up a good deal. Take for example the time my grandma passed away and I paid off the $1,700 loan she had on her van. I took possession of the vehicle and rocked a minivan my entire junior year of college. Best part is, I sold it the next summer for $5,500.
Or how about the fact that Girl Ninja grew up taking piano lessons and wants our future baby ninjas to play as well. I don’t know if you are aware, but pianos aren’t cheap. So when my other grandma passed away I asked if we could have her baby grand piano. We didn’t have a place for it in our 600sqft apartment at the time so we paid to have it stored in a climate controlled unit. Finally, three years later we will now have a place big enough to display this beautiful instrument. Has it been cheap paying 36 months of storage fees and moving the thing 1,200 miles to Seattle? Heck no, but I promise you it’s cheaper than buying a brand new one. Not to mention it’s pretty cool to keep this piano as a family heirloom.
Oh, and did you know Girl Ninja and I own a stroller, a crib, a bassinet, a changing table, and an infant mattress. Last time I checked we didn’t have any kids, at least not any that Girl Ninja has told me about. When we moved out of our rental last week, our landlord asked if we wanted his $4,000 baby furniture set. Even though we have absolutely zero need for this stuff now, how could I pass up something we will need within the next year or two? Oh that’s right… I CAN’T! It’s in storage waiting for the day Girl Ninja pees on a stick and a little + sign appears. Which, by the way, I think is a really weird way to find out you have a fetus inside of you.
So yes, I will gladly be a minivan driving, piano storing, baby-furniture-owning dude if it means I some benjamins along the way. Goodbye pride, hello savings.
Have you taken advantage of a deal you knew you wouldn’t actually get a return on for a few years? In what ways would you say you demonstrate frugality?
p.s. we take possession of our house today. weird.
p.p.s. I’m leaving Thursday morning to take 50 high school kids to summer camp for a week. I will have no internet access which means you will be subjected to random YouTube videos or pictures of unicorns for a week if some of you don’t send me over a guest post. Any readers want to be featured here?