A testimony from Kat who blogs at k + n:
About 18 months ago, my sweet-as-pie parents bought us a new washing machine as a thank you for submitting an insurance claim for their house fire. It was (and still is) beautiful! I loved the front loader and the candy apple red color and couldn’t wait to save up and buy the matching dryer.
Unfortunately, we were newlyweds living away from home in a new state and a new house, so we had lots of other unexpected expenses that go with buying a 100-year-old house. My engineer husband was working 50 hour weeks while remodeling our house himself and I couldn’t find a full-time job, so the dryer went on the back burner. After all, we had a dryer already — it just didn’t match!
Fast forward 12 months, and my husband found out that his company was shutting down production at his plant and moving his program to Texas. We were blessed that they asked him to move with the program!
It was a long transition (selling the house, moving back in with my parents while he worked temporarily in Connecticut, and finally moving down to an apartment in Texas). After we moved down to Texas in February, we decided to make buying a dryer a serious priority as we didn’t have one at all anymore!
Using the found money method, we funneled all of our extra income into our savings account.
- A reimbursement check from our old cable company for returning their modem ($75),
- 2 different photography events my husband picked up through Craigslist ($385),
- Cashed out my husband’s smugmug account balance from selling prints and digital downloads ($185.08),
- Easter presents from my parents and my husband’s grandmother ($120),
- A reimbursement check from our old home insurance policy ($321.61).
All of these sources totaled $1,086.69. The dryer + needed duct and power cord + sales tax equaled $1,209.84. As you can tell, we were a little bit short, but! we decided to purchase right after Memorial Day weekend which allowed for $312.40 in discounts and we had a gift card with a remaining balance of $90.56 from a return, which made our out-of-pocket expenses $806.88. We also have cash back in the amount of $24.98 that will be disbursed on August 15th from Ebates!
Kat and her husband are first and foremost Orthodox Christians. Kat has been the lucky wife of Nick, an engineer who loves photography and cycling, for 2 years. They both work full-time while patiently waiting to be blessed with a family, and blog at k + n about their journey to becoming debt free.
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