Newlywed Budgeting and Pics of the New Place

Jim[to Judy] Oh. Uh-huh. Would you like to rent it, or are you more in the mood to buy, dear?Judy: You decide, darling.Jim: Oh, yes. Yes.Judy: Remember our budget.Plato: Oh, don’t give it a thought. It’s, uh, only three million dollars a month.Jim: What?Judy: Oh, we can manage that. I’ll scrimp and I’ll save and I’ll work my fingers to the bone.Jim: You see, we’re newlyweds –Rebel Without a Cause

Is it just me or is the word newlywed usually synonymous with broke? It sure feels that way for us lately. Match’s new job is supposed to be paying him but the problem is they are a little vague on when that first paycheck is coming. Oh, and it’s a monthly paycheck so we’re really going to have to live on a budget. I’m still recovering from the move, the increased monthly rent, and the cost of gas and toll that have come with my new commute. Ohh, and that little thing last month, the wedding. That wiped out our savings pretty good. We should be able to get back on our feet here in the next couple months. I’m a little worried about Christmas though, which is sneaking up on us fast. I’m open to any creative christmas gift suggestions you guys may have for Match. We’ve agreed that this year we’re not going to spend a lot, but I think he definitely deserves something. He’s been working so hard lately!

Luckily I’m not a huge spender and I’m pretty good at sticking to a budget. The only thing that’s hard right now is resisting buying those last few things that will make our move in complete. I’d like to get a new coffee table, a different toy basket for Monkey, and a new wine rack. I know these items are in no way essential but my OCDness focuses in on them and thinks, “These are things that don’t belong!” The basket doesn’t match the wood floors, the wine rack is the wrong color, and the coffee table is too big for the space and has no storage. But again, all silly things to worry about. I love our new place and it really feels like home for us. We’re hoping to stay in this house until we buy our own someday.

Here are just a few pictures of our new humble abode.

This is my favorite part of the house, the living room. Doesn’t Monkey look so happy in his big ol’ bed? That thing is cozy too. I snuggle with him on it sometimes. Note the man chair that we got Match. I always said I’d never get one but it is extremely comfortable. Doesn’t it look like it wants to give you a hug?

See what I mean about the coffee table? We definitely need something more narrow so we can have a little leg room. The chaise is amazing! My favorite spot in the house.

The guest bathroom. I love that we have two bathrooms now. Eventually we’ll turn the second bedroom into more than just an office. We’re hoping to buy a bed next year and we’ll put our futon in there for guests. Right now I have no pictures of the office because it is Match’s study room/academy central. It looks like a war zone right now. It’s the one place in the house I let him have messes. 😉

The dining room and the kitchen. The dining room is definitely small, but we were still able to squeeze our table in the corner. If we ever have a dinner party, we can turn the table sideways and put the extra leaf in it. Do you see what I mean about the wine rack? That’s actually a kitchen island we’re using as a wine rack. It doesn’t match anything and it bugs me. But it definitely works for now. The kitchen has so much more counter space than our last place. It’s gallery style so we can both be in there at once and we’re not bumping into each other.

The master bedroom. It’s not very big but it’s cozy. What’s cool is that it’s at the end of the house, away from the living room. If we ever have a party and Match wants to go to bed early, he can escape the noise.

Our little bathroom. It’s smaller then the guest bath but it’s functional, and I love that it’s in our room.

 

I don’t have many pictures of our little patio but here’s one I snagged. We’ve got a cute little setup but we’re still working on it. Hopefully when things slow down I’ll be able to fix it up a little bit more.

I’m so happy in our new place which is  a good thing because we really don’t have a lot of money right now for going out. Hopefully we’ll start having more guests over to our place soon and we can do potluck nights. What are some creative ways you’ve cut costs? Are you sticking to a budget?

6 Comments

    Brittany E.

    Girl, believe me I know what you mean about being broke! And I really love your place it is so nice and cozy.

    P.S-I love your comforter set, I’m kind of obsessed with comforter sets 🙂

    Jessica

    Oooh, I love decorating! On a budget just makes it even more of a challenge! Why don’t you look around at thrift stores? The coffee table, for one, should be pretty easy to find a super cheap replacement for. There are even a ton of examples you could look at of adorable living rooms that use two small end tables as a coffee table- this would be very practical for you guys because you could move them around easily when you need more room (extra people, whatever).

    In terms of Christmas, you can’t go wrong with heart-felt, homemade food. I’m planning on making peppermint bark and putting it in my own decorated containers. For years when I was growing up, my mom gave everyone a basket with an assortment of homemade cookies in it (make ahead, freeze in batches and assemble close to the big day).

    Just a few ideas off the top of my head. I feel your pain, though. We’re still in newlywed status and definitely still feel broke.

    <3

    Ken

    Looks positively lovely.

    phoebe

    your new place is adorable! i’m a little jealous that you’ve been there such a short time and it’s so decorated! i’ve been in my condo for 7 months and my living room/dining room/bedroom walls are still bare! but like you said… it all costs money and right now… it’s not in the immediate budget. i will say… that if you catch target on a good day, their clearance area is amazing. i bought this great mirror (stupid me should have bought 2!) and an entry way shelf with key hooks for cheap cheap cheap! good luck with your decorating 🙂

    oh and for xmas… do all of your shopping through ebates.com. you can access a gazillion stores through them. plus…you get money back!!

    Michelle

    HAHA I love that it’s “if MATCH ever wants to go to bed early.” No way you’re leaving a party early, haha! The house is so cozy and homey–I love it!

    E

    Very cute! Love the new place!! I love LOVE the chase style sofa (we are so much alike its scary!). Thats what I keep telling Marine I want. lol

    Monkey does look comfy on the big bed. Glad he is adjusting well to the new place.

    I am on a very tight budget one that when Marine got back we tightened up even more. He is so worried about getting out and not finding a job. So we added up our bills and figured how much we needed to set aside to pay them when he’s out. Then Mr. Saver set us up on plan so that when he gets out we’ll have 3 months of bills saved up so if he doesn’t find a job right away we’re ok bill wise.

    For Christmas maybe do something sweet for Match. He’s been working hard so give him a bottle of massage lotion and a card that says you’ll give him an hour massage or something.

    You’ll come up with something creative I know!!

    And one way to save money is coupons. I don’t know how some people do it so well be they always save me a couple of dollars at least 😉

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