Garbage Picking Contributes to Paid Off Mortgage in Less than 7 Years

A suburban couple pays off their house in six years and eight months due to their thriftiness. A big part of their thriftiness is garbage picking. They've garbage picked everything from their lawn mower and a sewing machine to furniture and drywall.
By: Cristin Frank
April 7, 2010 - PRLog -- Seven and a half years ago, Cristin and Patrick Frank got married and bought their four-bedroom suburban home. Pretty typical. Upon moving in, they realized that if they were going to furnish the house, they were going to put themselves in even more debt.

So...they started garbage picking.

In their 2005 Honda Odyssey, they combed their suburban neighborhood looking for useful items.
"The garbage night before we had my son's first birthday party, we picked a patio set, complete with table, four chairs and cushions," recalls Cristin Frank. "A few years later I recovered the fabric on the cushions using the 1955 Pfaff sewing machine I garbage picked."

Not only have they furnished their house, their thriftiness got the mortgage paid off in 6 years and 8 months.

The Franks recently started a website to profess their thrifty and creative ways:
On Flickr are before and after pictures of some of the furniture they garbage picked.

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Upcycling artist, Cristin Frank has revived curbside trash into interior design treasures. This graphic designer and mom has a creative reuse for anything from old t-shirts to a dismantled dresser. Cristin is the founder of The Eve of Reduction, a lifestyle movement encompassing eco-practices, consumption coaching, feng shui and art therapy.
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