Important note: these are not my parents. But how cool are these guys?
Nearly as cool as my parents. But not quite.
Hey guys! So, you remember my parents? Of the $73.34 wedding and Patron Saint of Garage Sales fame?
You know how you have all been dying to hear more about how they raised three kids and owned a house and did it all super-frugally? Wait, you haven't? Of course you have! You maybe just didn't notice.
Anyway, Mom is here to save the day! Now, as with their wedding, I thought I kind of knew their story of home-ownership, but it turns out I was missing a few details. However, the main story is just like I thought:
|I totally had this house to play with when I was a kid!|
1) Rather than renting an apartment during university, my father and a bunch of his friends each bought into a house and lived there together. Then, after university, they sold the house for profit and divided the money.
2) Using partially this money, and partially money on loan from my Grandfather (who was a banker, not that has to do with anything, but he retired when he was 89 and they made him retire, and he was awesome), so there was no interest on the loan, they bought a house together.
3) Then, when the local newspaper wanted to expand their facility, they bought my parents' house for way more than my parents had paid. Profit!
|They made an offer my parents couldn't refuse, much like Mr. Potter in It's a Wonderful Life.|
Except not evil.
4) My parents took this newspaper money, and bought a new house for their growing family. And then sold that, and used that money to buy the house my Mom still lives in today!
|There are other more frugal ways to buy a house, such as homesteading in a pioneer fashion,|
but I'm pretty sure my parents' way was a bit less physically demanding.
Here's Mom's version of the story:
|It was basically a Full House situation there for awhile.|
Note: I was Stephanie.
|Supermarkets like this are the reason my Mom always goes in with a combo shopping list/map,|
so she can get in and out as QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE.