Our stroller is ugly.
It’s faded, worn, and stained. There are scratches in the plastic and a few small tears in the fabric. It’s endured 8 years of soggy little o’s, spilled drinks, and extra toddler riders perched on top.
You know what else?
It’s functional. It’s safe, and apparently it’s rather comfy. It gets the job done.
Truth be told, few would have questioned our decision to buy a new stroller for our fourth baby. The money is there, and it’s not that much, anyway, I suppose. Some would likely consider it a need. But here’s the thing: replacing a fully-functional, albeit ugly stroller for a sleeker, less embarrassing model is not a need.
We have some rather lofty debt-free living goals to achieve on a relatively humble income, and replacing ugly strollers simply isn’t part of the equation. Neither is replacing our 16 year old, good as new, tube tv, or our 1994 “just keep truckin’ ” faded, dented, pick up, rolling over 152,000 miles. (Felt ceiling falling on your head, anyone?)
Ugly? Yes. Humbling? Definitely.
Managing our money well to gift our family a debt-free life is a choice that has us frequently asking “How ugly is it?”. It’s a choice that encourages us to swallow our pride, look past the ugly, and see the beauty.
There is beauty in driving paid-for vehicles!
There is beauty in passing on the new tv and paying cash for the orthodontic work!
There is beauty in looking past minor imperfections in our home in order to maintain a fully-funded emergency stash!
Pushing an ugly stroller? It’s beautiful.
What beautiful ugly things are helping you meet your financial goals?