Apparently our answer is: we would give up our own personal space and move into another person’s home.
That’s right, Mike and I are boxing up our stuff, giving half of it away, selling another part of what’s left, and moving in with some other people. All by next Friday. SURPRISE!
The long(ish) version of the story is this: Mike worked at a coffee shop for the first 8 or so months after we got married and developed a solid friendship with a local pastor who was one of his regulars (coffee shop code for- addicted to coffee and thereby a frequent visior of said coffee shop). Mike’s kept up with this guy- Joe- and his wife- Jeanie- and he has even done some web and print design for Joe’s church since leaving the coffee shop biz.
Recenly, Mike’s been sharing with Joe about our desire to get out of debt quickly and about his recent cut in hours at work. Well on Tuesday night we got a voicemail from Joe saying- “Hey, you guys looking for a place to live? Because I’ve got a place- and it’s free rent. Call me back if you are interested.” We immediately called back.
Basically, Joe and his wife have a couple of empty bedrooms in their house, and they have had a long-standing tradition of letting those rooms out to various people in need- young singles, married couples with kids- they’ve had a variety of them all living under their roof! Anyway, they offered Mike and I the two empty bedrooms for no rent, no strings attached, for as long as we need. AWESOME!
- Saving upwards of $700 in rent, utilities, and gas money since Mike will be within biking distance of work now!
- We’ll be able to get out of debt by March 1, 2012 instead of the projected October 1, 2012- a full 6 months earlier!
- We’ll be living in a community with sidewalks, and we’ll be able to walk to the playground or grocery store.
- We get to live with an awesome older couple who love the Lord and who truly to live out the life Jesus taught.
- Um, did I mention we are saving some freaking major money??? DEBT-FREE, here we come!
- We’ll have our private bedrooms and a private bathroom, but everything else is communal! I’m sure there will be some challenges along the way.
- Our favorite library will suddenly be a twenty minute drive away and the local library does not have a DVD collection. Bummer. Guess we’ll be doing more game playing and chatting. 🙂 Maybe this should not be considered a downside?
- We have to get rid of a bunch of our stuff (which is actually pretty welcome, actually), and most of what’s left will have to go into storage. My lovely Calphalon pans, I’m going to miss you!
How about you? Got any words of wisdom or advice about moving and/or living with other people? We’re all ears!
Oh and stay tuned, because BOY do I have a Mayhem Monday story for you… I think it might even top last week’s mystery…
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