I’ve been driving around in my car and just disgusted every time I open the door.
It’s dirty. It needs to be vacuumed and washed. It doesn’t just need a $5, after gas, car wash. It needs a toothbrush in all the cracks and crevices type of wash.
I could pay big bucks and have it detailed. I have a name in my contacts that will come to my house and detail my car.
I’m just cheap.
I’m a stay a home gal and I’m more than capable of detailing my own car.
I’m not belittling anyone that pays to have their car washed/waxed/detailed. It’s your choice how to spend your money.
However I have a story to share.
When Steve and I were younger with smaller kids, we were in debt. We bought things we didn’t need. We went places we didn’t need to go. We went when we didn’t need to. We made some poor choices.
In 1998, we went in a 7 week vacation out west. Steve and my Dad we both firefighters and could maneuver many shifts off in a row by stacking vacation and Kelly days to allow for many days off. We rode in our truck behind my parents pulling a fifth wheel that we had converted to sleep all 6 of us. all we needed was gasoline, and it wasn’t $4 a gallon in 1998.
During the many days of driving, I read a book out loud to Steve (this was before Audible unless you bought a “book on tape” from Cracker Barrel.) The book I read was “The Complete Cheapskate” by Mary Hunt. It talked about her story of debt, how to create a Freedom account, savings, and so much more. It was small and powerful. And while I know there are many, Many, MANY books on budgeting and such, this book hit me between the eyes. We decided right there on the highway, we would change our lifestyle. We would save money instead of spending. We would create “Freedom Accounts.”
Fast forward to 2022.
Today, I detailed my own car because I have ZERO desire to live like the Joneses.
I don’t need fancy. And while we live in a fantastic home and it might look like we have it made……we work hard. We do most things ourselves because when we couldn’t afford it, we figured it out.
We saved until we could afford whatever it is we wanted.
We saved before we went on the big trip.
We saved until we could buy the RV.
We still have the Freedom Accounts. You know why? Because they provide FREEDOM!!!
I feel like I just ranted and maybe I did but if you don’t say things that have helped you, how will anyone else reap the benefits and the joy.
Below is the book I referenced. it might not be for you and that’s ok. As I scrubbed my car with a toothbrush I just felt the need to share.
I don’t regret today. It actually felt good to be in the sunshine and my paid for 2016 Hyundai SantaFe looks fabulous!
Don’t live like the Joneses.
Be the Joneses.