I mentioned in my last post that we do not have a kitchen. I know what you're thinking. Where on earth do I live? Another planet?!
Well you've seen my budget, we do not pay rent because we live with BF's parents and they never take my money when I offer! Even when I leave it on the counter, it will sit there for days.
We live in a little (okay TINY, like 300 sq feet) guest room outside in their large backyard. I mentioned before that we were thinking of building a place there, even just a 600 square foot place would be 2 times larger than where we live now. It's not like we live in there all the time but we don't have a kitchen, which is why we eat out a lot. BF's parents DO have a kitchen but his mom is like queen of the kitchen and she is very particular about where things go and her refrigerator, etc. It is almost as much of a hassle to cook, clean and organize our food in there than to just get food. There also isn't much space for us to cook and store food in her kitchen so we just stay out of it. We store our clothes inside their house and our other large items so technically we don't really "live" in just 300 sq feet but we are in there all the time. We have our computers, TV, dog, bed, etc in there and we make do just fine. We also don't have a bathroom or a shower in there so if we have to go we have to go inside..and to get inside, we have to walk up a deck and around the pool so it is quite a far walk. It's a really awkward set up and I've been living like this for over a year now.
In college I cooked a lot and I really miss that. BF and I used to go grocery shopping together every week, I would post up menus on the fridge, and either I would cook sides and he would fire up the grill, or we would both cook in the kitchen together and then clean up afterwards. I was eating a lot healthier back then and I am dreaming of the day we can have our own kitchen again.
Does anyone have easy meals to make with limited access to a kitchen?
Deprivation vs. Sacrifice
I feel like I am depriving myself of a real luxury that I used to take for granted. However the money we save on not paying rent is A LOT. If we had to pay for rent for a tiny apartment in the city we live in, we are talking about 50% of my pay each month. BF has loans to pay and I will soon be in school and may not be able to work at the same time so at that point we will be expecting a salary cut and at that time we will most likely have a mortgage. The money we save from renting gives us the freedom to eat out quite often and to spend a bit more freely than if we did rent. So I feel like although I am sacrificing right now, I am happy with the lifestyle I'm living...for now. I just keep telling myself it's not permanent.
So now the secret is out. I am able to save a lot because I sacrificed things like a kitchen and a bathroom. Yes I may have to walk far to shower, use the bathroom, microwave, etc but I get exercise and in the morning, I wake up easily since I have to walk outside right when I wake up.
How far would you go to save money?
Do you think my living situation is too extreme?