This story comes at a great time – I’m stressed out because I’m too caught up in the commercialism of Christmas. Like my sister says, “Proudly overspending on Christmas since 2001.”
Here is a family that I won’t be bumping into the mall anytime soon.
This is a couple who knows how to make do with what they have and live well. Making trips to the dump and stopping by to pick up free road-side items, Jennifer, a stay at home mom, recycles, reuses and repurposes almost anything. She is the true budget queen (and coupons weren’t mentioned once in this video.) Check out their home in the video, it would make Martha Stewart envious.
Michael Fleming (in pic.) is an artist and carpenter who finds drift wood on the Maine beaches and makes furniture and art to decorate their home.The money that he makes with the sale of his furniture and art is used for rent and healthy food. They admit that they eat a lot of beans, but Jennifer is creative in the kitchen too.
For this family, money certainly isn’t everything, and to not be tied down to money has actually freed them to do the things they love and live they way they want. This is a family that is rich for what they don’t have – debt.
I know I couldn’t live like that, but stories like this do inspire me. I wish I was talented enough to go to the dump and create something out of trash. I would love to meet Jennifer, spend the day with her and see some of the things she reuses. In fact, I think their story is so interesting, I could see a reality show – or a least a book deal! How ironic that living off the grid, just may put this family back on the grid. And that, as Martha would say, is a good thing.
Take a few minutes to watch their story. I would love to read your comments.
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