Someone on my facebook page commented on one of my posts about my UGLY couch after seeing my grocery brag photographed upon it. The person said something along the lines of, “You should use the money you saved on that grocery shop to buy a newer couch.” And my guttural response to this was to explain where and how that couch got there and why it is and remains a symbol of sacrifice for my little family of 3.
Is it in good shape? Yeah it’s pretty good. You can still sit on it rather comfortably.
Is it my favorite? Hell no! But you know what, It’ll do – and it is doing. I’d rather have a hand me down couch than take an absorbent amount of money to replace it. Not only that but we don’t plan to be renting forever. Someday when the time is right we hope to replace it after we’ve replaced the room it sits in too.
It’s a symbol of sacrifice in our home. It isn’t perfect but it suits us just fine. And it suits us just fine more than being in debt for a fashionable couch would.
All in all what I’m trying to say is don’t let other peoples standards get you down. You don’t need to keep up with the family next door and all in all don’t let comments bother you when it comes down to how you save money for your own family. It’s your bank account and budget that will thank you in the long run. This kind of thinking can be applied to all sorts of things in your life not just to your furniture. You don’t always need to have the latest trends and fashions and comforts. Know what your priorities are and then work within that.
One of the best pieces of advice that I can give to you is to only spend the money you have. If you want a new couch. Save for it. Chances are that once you have the money in your hand for the couch you’ll find something better to do with it.
I’m just happy to have a couch that can host a nice and almost free stockpile under it 😉