I can’t believe that it’s been six years ago today that I said “I do” to the hottest guy around in our $500 wedding ceremony. That day was the official start to our real life on a budget and it has been quite the ride for sure!
When we said “I do”, I was still paying off the remaining crazy debt I had from my early adult life and my husband was deep in the trenches of his first year in business for himself. I was working fulltime as a project manager for an engineering firm in Atlanta and taking six classes a semester at Kennesaw State University.
We had two dogs, boxers and thought our lives were pretty much the greatest thing ever. Of course, our lives together have been wild – with amazing highs and very deep lows, but through these years together we’ve managed to do some amazing stuff all due to living a life by a budget:
We started our life off together without going into debt for a wedding or for our honeymoon.
We paid off the rest my crazy debt (about $7,000 at the time we were married) in the first year of our marriage.
We accumulated more debt together to the tune of about $145,000 (including the mortgage)!
We have paid off over $52,000 together in the last four years alone.
We have had 2.5 children in six years and gained another dog.
We went from being a two-income household to being a one-income household.
We went from keeping our money separate to having our money together in one account.
We went from having no emergency fund to being close to a fully funded one.
We went from believing we had to have debt in order to make a great life for our family to banning that word completely from our home as we work like hell to kill the debt monster.
Those are just a few of things that we’ve done together on this crazy adventure of sharing our life and our money together. And in honor of our wedding anniversary, we’re giving away a copy of my book, Real Life on a Budget and a $25 Amazon Gift Card to one lucky reader!
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