We dislike being frugal

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The bed for the rental studio was delivered to our home yesterday.  It consists of a full size mattress, box spring, frame, and headboard.  The nightstand next to it matches the headboard.

I like it.  However, the mattress is really high, and someone who is 5’1” tall like me will find it difficult to climb into it.  It took me a while.  Once on it, though, the bed was very comfortable – not too firm and not too soft.  Excellent!

People ask me why we are renting out our room as a studio.

I tell them to choose one of the following:

  1. We need the money.
  2. We need the money.
  3. We need the money.
  4. All of the above.

Yeah, we have quite a bit in savings, but will it last for the next 20-30 years, or whatever our life span is?

Further, we dislike being frugal.  We enjoy nice things, elegant meals, and great entertainment.  Anything wrong with that?

Maybe, if we receive a substantial inheritance in the near future, we can terminate this rental and restore the studio back to a master bedroom.  Anything’s possible.

Meanwhile, we still need to do a number of things before we can advertise on Craigslist.

This blog is like a never-ending soap opera.  Stay tuned for the next installment.

22 Responses to “We dislike being frugal”

  1. Olga Says:

    I have my son for a housemate for two or three more months as he is going to be in a training program for the summer. It is a good deal for both of us. I get a cook, yard boy, and help around the house. He gets low rent payments. I tell him that I only wish he had been so easy to live with when he was a teenager.

  2. Christine Says:

    Beautiful bed and nightstand. This is a great room, I hope you find a good tenant who is respectful of your property.

  3. DJan Says:

    It does look rather high to me, too. But if you end up with a little old lady, you might also get a step to help her out. It does look very nice, Gigi. I think it’s coming together very well. 🙂

  4. Joanne Says:

    I would like that bed. Snuggly.

  5. Grannymar Says:

    That bed looks like it might be the correct height for me. Anyone who has hip or knee surgery needs a bed the height of their knee to make it easier for getting in and out. Is David tall?

  6. Linda Reeder Says:

    We really need a new mattress, but I have put it off because new mattresses are so thick and make the bed too high. It would cover up most of our headboard, and the king size comforter would not drop far enough to cover the mattress. I really don’t get why they are so big.
    Your room is looking good.

  7. L....w Says:

    Great decor choices…love the clean lines and white against blue.
    When we bought our new mattresses from America’s Mattress, the sales gal strongly suggested that we buy mattress protector covers to prevent stains and spills. Or as she explained, the warranty could be voided. She said there have been cases where even a single stain nullified the warranty. Especially in a studio where the tenant might eat and drink in bed a lot.

  8. granny annie Says:

    It is all coming together very nicely. What will your rules be about your boarder having guests?

    • gigihawaii Says:

      We intend to let our tenant have guests. However, if the tenant wants someone to share the rent, we will expect the co-tenant to complete an application form so that we can check his/her references and criminal history. If the utilities are too high, then we will increase the rent.

      • Karen Says:

        Hi- I’d suggest you re-think this. If you’re only going to rent to a single, say so and list the rent for a single. If you’re willing to rent to a couple, say so and adjust the rent accordingly NOW b/c you know the utilities will be greater for two, and certainly the wear and tear is greater with two. I’d raise the rent at least $100/mo for a couple. To consider: usually a couple will have two cars- are you prepared for that? I think you said there is ample street parking, so maybe this isn’t an issue.

      • gigihawaii Says:

        Hmmm. Glad you wrote about this. Let me think it over and discuss it with David. Thanks!

  9. SchmidleysScribbling Says:

    Personally, I would make sure you have a vermin proof cover on that mattress. Bed bugs and dust mites can be an issue.

    Also, I bought a little footstool for my bed. I am 5’6″ but need a lift onto the mattress.

    Nothing the matter with frugality, but remember, you can’t take it with you.

  10. Suzanne Says:

    Fingers crossed you find a great tenant. If you do, it will be an excellent way to bring in money.

  11. Palolo Says:

    I love reading your blog Gigi. I wish I had a family like yours.

  12. Beatrice P. Boyd Says:

    You are right that a blog can be like a never ending story but then it is the story of people. And, you don’t need to feel that you have to explain why you want to rent out part of your home. We all need go decide pur own needs for now and the future. You have obviously put a lot of planning and effort into making this plan work…good you you and hole you find a good tenant.

  13. SchmidleysScribbling Says:

    Bo cats for us. We are too old to adopt kittens. Of course they never say it directly to your face.

  14. Juicy J Says:

    Is this an “ohana” unit? Is it legal to rent out a studio in your home?

  15. Tom Sightings Says:

    Soap opera? But a good one!

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