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Friday, February 8, 2008

How big is too big?

I ride the local MAX (our light rail system) back and forth to work, and I am so entertained by some of the conversations I overhear from time to time. Some of them make me laugh, and others make me think.

For example, this evening as I was on my ride home, I overheard a man talking about his "giant" house. Apparently, he and his wife own a 4500 square foot house----for the two of them. They only use 50% of the rooms, and the master bedroom takes up the entire second floor of the house. They have a three-car garage, and the man stated that he didn't really like the town they lived in; it was too "country".

There were so many questions I wanted to ask (but couldn't, as that would have tagged me as an eavesdropper): Why did they buy such a big house? Were they going to have children, and thought they would potentially use all of that space? Were they going to be caring for aging parents soon? Why did you invest in such a large home, in a town you didn't like? How do they justify the money spent on electricity, maintenance, insurance, and other costs of heating/cooling/protecting the house?

I'm trying not to be judgmental of this man and his wife. Maybe they had really good reasons for buying the McMansion. Maybe they bought, and realized it was way too much house for them. Maybe they can afford it, and don't mind heating and cooling a 4500 square foot house when they only use 2250 square feet of space (by the way, a 2250 square foot house is still over twice as big as my own little abode).

I'm so grateful for my cozy little house----it's expensive relative to my income, and I may have to sell it and downsize sooner or later, but for now it's the perfect nest!


Frugal Mom LA said...

Hi Finally Frugal,

I'm new to blogging, too, and have chosen Blogspot to host my blog and the same template as you, incidentally! Anyway, I just wanted to post a comment since I'm new too and don't have comments on my blog yet either--it's nice to get some! In regards to eavesdropping on the man with the huge house, I would be wondering just the same things as you--what are those people thinking? Why do they have a huge house when there's just two of them? Why would they waste their money on utilities, maintenance, etc., just like you said? In any case, I look forward to adding more comments to your blog and come visit mine when you have a chance. I'm at www.frugalmomla.blogspot.com. I saw your name on the Get Rich Slowly blog forum.

Anonymous said...

That's to big!!!
And isn't it silly that they waste all that money for STATUS... when they could be doing something productive with their money!!!
I'd love to give somebody like that a shot of true self esteem & self worth, so they wouldn't have to be so silly...
Nice post!
I'm new to your blog... and I like it!

Finally Frugal said...

Thanks for the comments! Now I wish I had worked up my courage to turn around and ask him if he regretted his GIANT house purchase! Maybe next time. . .

Dawn: I'm glad you like the blog. It's hard to know sometimes whether anyone's out there, so I'm glad to have the 'company'. Hope to see you around the blog in the future! (-:

FrugalMomLA: I LOVE the template you used on your website (wink, wink), and your posts are great. It's so nice to hear from people who are feeling the same way---and I think I'm going to check out the book you recommend on your site (I've linked your site on mine, just in case anyone who reads this is interested as well)

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