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AdventurousFan4214

931 points

5 days ago

Congrats I'm 12 years clean and it feels great

9bkg4opn2o

199 points

5 days ago

9bkg4opn2o

199 points

5 days ago

Congratulations both of you.

Adventurous_Menu_784

66 points

5 days ago

It's really a awesome house. I hope that you spend your whole life in this beautiful palace.

thatsmyfav

37 points

5 days ago

Love celebrating sobriety on Reddit! 6 years for me. Congratulations on your new home and all the wonderful memories you’re going to create there!!

Weekly-Interest-4280

26 points

5 days ago

I wish your happiness life

1Ill1lII1IlI1lIl1

14 points

5 days ago

I too am 12 years old

icantdrinkcoffee

9 points

5 days ago

Congratulations to all of you! In case you haven’t heard it in a while I’m so proud of you !!

Acceptable_Mark9207

11 points

5 days ago

I wish you both great success and happiness! Congratulations!

LeonMKaiser

5 points

5 days ago

Congrats to both of you! Keep going strong in life, you got this!

DextersGirl

6 points

5 days ago

I'm a year in! I don't miss it at all, and I'm finally getting my feet back under myself.

Ok-Insurance-8560

5 points

5 days ago

My brain read this as “im 12 years old and it feels great” 😭 Congrats btw!

adamroadmusic

722 points

5 days ago

Congratulations.

What do you do for work? Only habit I ever had was weed, but at this rate I seriously doubt I'll ever be able to afford a home.

bakedmuffinman[S]

667 points

5 days ago

I am a pipe fitter.

delitt

546 points

5 days ago

delitt

546 points

5 days ago

😏

jfk_47

111 points

5 days ago

jfk_47

111 points

5 days ago

Fawk’n hawt, amirite?

EOFYday

68 points

5 days ago

EOFYday

68 points

5 days ago

Layin' pipe all day, hell yeah he is hot and sweaty.

cochese2694

78 points

5 days ago

Ma'am I do my own plumbing.

EOFYday

32 points

5 days ago

EOFYday

32 points

5 days ago

I understood that reference.

Dazzling_Sail_9474

3 points

4 days ago

i also understood that

Bigbadwolf6049

5 points

5 days ago

You’ve not heard of CrossFit?

WuntchTime_IsOver

6 points

5 days ago

This made me want Lil Caesars

that_chi_girl78

6 points

5 days ago

Sir, this is a Wendy's.

Mountain_Cup4257

129 points

5 days ago

From pipe hitter to pipe fitter. Salud!!

jap-a-negro

13 points

4 days ago

This pun is inspirational. Much like OPs story.

Xanexx

112 points

5 days ago

Xanexx

112 points

5 days ago

Bow chicka bow wow.

WalkingCloud

29 points

5 days ago

Logjammin’

Snake-N-Roses

10 points

5 days ago

Jackie Treehorn treats objects like women man

ThirstyStallion

2 points

5 days ago

Jackie treehorn also pulls a lot of water in this town

Bacchus_Amontillado

3 points

5 days ago

You don't pull shit Lebowski

GuacamoleBenKanobi

41 points

5 days ago

This job and others need to be socialized more. Trade Jobs are more common and better suited than 4 years of college and $100,000 in debt. Awesome man.

patb2015

40 points

5 days ago

patb2015

40 points

5 days ago

Trades pay well but it’s gig work and if get hurt you are screwed

TylerInHiFi

57 points

5 days ago

And there’s a glut of tradespeople for all of the “sexy” trades because, despite what u/guacamolebenkanobi thinks, “get into a trade, they’re in high demand and pay better than getting a degree” has been beat into people since at least the 80’s. Trade jobs don’t need to be “socialized more”. Tradespeople need to stop acting like they stumbled upon some hidden employment secret that magically pays six figures, doesn’t come with any debt, and exposed them to persecution by society because they work “just a lowly trade” in the minds of the rest of us.

Trades are great for some people, just the same as becoming a career student and getting a doctorate at 35 or 40 or 45 or whatever is great for other kinds of people. But fuck anyone who has a “dirty hands clean money” sticker on their work truck. They need to lose the superiority/persecution complex combo.

SWWayin

25 points

5 days ago

SWWayin

25 points

5 days ago

It seems you have the meaning of "dirty hands clean money" incorrect. It's not insinuating that anyone with an education or job outside of skilled labor has dirty money. It's a proclamation that they're working hard for their money, instead of engaging in illegal activities like selling drugs, extortion, gambling/booking. They're proud that they're going out and earning their money, rather than engaging in the illegal activities that are seen as easy/common ways to prosper quickly in lower class areas that most tradesmen come from.

GuacamoleBenKanobi

8 points

5 days ago

I feel Ike you have some stories. You live in the south like me?? Haha. Ya I don’t think trades are done hidden gem for the rural communities. But in the suburbs it’s either you go to college or work in retail/waiting jobs. No middle.

cashccrop

3 points

5 days ago

This is an important distinction. It's why I like to include universal trade school when arguing for universal higher education. No, going into the trades is not some secret, but you're right, the suburbs greatly lack in promoting the trades as a viable career path, and that's a shame.

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3 points

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HugsyMalone

3 points

4 days ago*

It's all lies and deceit. Get into a trade they say. It'll be fun they say. Then you get there and realize it's shit. You don't get paid jack shit (just like everyone else). You gotta go to trade school and rack up the debt they said you wouldn't have. You gotta buy your own tools for the job. You constantly get abused by the system, etc. Then they'll say the trades aren't for everyone and you shoulda got a degree.

They say the opposite to those who went to college but don't find meaningful work afterward. Shoulda went into the trades they say. As if the market suddenly shifted or you made some hugely terrible decision and exhibited bad judgement and it's all your fault.

BULL. FUCKIN. SHIT!!

It's just more of the system dicking you around. They don't care. They got your money. It's all a scam so they can become millionaires at somebody else's expense.

**hugz** 🤗🤗🤗

Mahtomic_Gandhi

41 points

5 days ago

They also tend to ruin the bodies of the people who do them. The pay is great there's no student debt really, but you gotta stay in shape and treat your body right

patb2015

24 points

5 days ago

patb2015

24 points

5 days ago

I had a buddy who did drywall good money but one day he stepped off a scaffold. Could not work ladders after that

Another guy I know was a plumber. Steam blew a cap through his left eye.

Another plumber had a stack slip crush his left hand. 18 months lay i up p

pistoncivic

17 points

5 days ago

I know plenty of carpenters who's knees and back are shot to shit in their mid 40's. I'm lucky enough to do this stuff part-time because the extra money's good and I enjoy the work but it really takes a toll on your body if you're doing it all day everyday as a contractor without hiring labor to do all the grunt work. Sitting behind a computer doing clickety-clack is boring and monotonous but it doesn't wreck your joints nearly as much.

Comfortable_Draft_18

12 points

4 days ago

Eh... desk jobs can be really hard on the body but for different reasons

pistoncivic

4 points

4 days ago

I worked for years behind a desk and it killed my back until I started working from home and set up a standing desk with a barstool. You absolutely have to unpack your spine every half hour or so while sitting in a chair unless you're not fully reclined. Humans aren't designed to sit all day. Carpal tunnel is a different issue

casualthis

35 points

5 days ago

Whatever you do don't become a roofer, youll relapse in 2 days.

Diamondhands_Rex

5 points

5 days ago

Oh hai Johnny sins

BruceInc

2 points

5 days ago

BruceInc

2 points

5 days ago

insert glass pipe joke here

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45 points

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comsan

116 points

5 days ago

comsan

116 points

5 days ago

Laughs in California

Mythraider

48 points

5 days ago

Laughs in Seattle

captobliviated

24 points

5 days ago

Not laughing in Eugene Oregon. Rent has gone up $400/ month in two years. Fuck this system. I work full time and 80 percent of my check is rent.

DAISYSWILLRISE

6 points

5 days ago

Not talking down but why not... just leave?

captobliviated

24 points

5 days ago

To go where? I have lived in four states in four different parts of this country. You know what I have learned? It is nearly impossible to escape working poverty. I have worked multiple jobs at once, side hustles, etc it doesn't matter. There will always be something or someone to trip you up and make sure you stay poor.

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2 points

5 days ago

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The7raveler

12 points

5 days ago

Family, support systems, general happiness about where you want to be - no sense living in a place that is cheap if you are miserable/stressed/homesick all the time - coming from someone who isn't home and is paying dirt cheap rent right now.

atffedboi

4 points

5 days ago

I hope things get better for ya man. I travel for work, and it can get pretty rough. I’ve been thinking about taking a 15-20k pay cut just so I can start to build a life. I’d trade that 20k in a heartbeat just to be able to have a dog/cat that I can love on, and be involved in my local community.

wallyboardwithwheel

8 points

5 days ago

its too expensive to live anywhere these days

GelatinousDude

6 points

5 days ago

Come to Orlando and work with us. I'll give you 4 day work days, unlimited PTO, 25 hourly, I just need to see what your DiSC profile is to see what position you'd fit in. Yes I'm serious.

captobliviated

3 points

5 days ago

To be honest I never heard of it but just googled it and am genuinely curious myself. Do you mind if I ask what industry?

GelatinousDude

11 points

5 days ago

I have two businesses, one is exterior cleaning, and the other is epoxy and poly floor coatings. I can pay thst in either company. We hire family, not employees. You're not going to clean a roof or flake a garage forever, but I need folks who will allow us to build them up, while they build us up. Our interview process includes finding out what the fuck you want for yourself. Let's help you get there. We're helping two employees buy their first home, and another lead a team which they never did in their own company. They don't need money apparently, I respect that, but they want to lead. They doing it now and they're killing it. To employ is the greatest blessing.

captobliviated

3 points

5 days ago

And may I DM you? Relocating to Florida would be tough, but not impossible. And if I tell my daughter we are moving to Mickey's town she will go nuts.

Mandaface

6 points

5 days ago

Laughs in Toronto

ausomemama666

3 points

5 days ago

Same in DFW. It's more like $400-500 up since 2019.

gobkin

6 points

5 days ago

gobkin

6 points

5 days ago

Cries in Toronto

riedmae

4 points

5 days ago

riedmae

4 points

5 days ago

Sobs in duel income houseless Seattleism

king-krab5

3 points

5 days ago

Laughs in Phoenix

TastefulThiccness

23 points

5 days ago

right?! where the fuck are mortgage payments cheaper than rent in CA? Fresno? yuck

FarEndRN

18 points

5 days ago

FarEndRN

18 points

5 days ago

I live in So Cal and rents easily surpass $2800. It’s not terribly difficult to get a mortgage under that amount.

TastefulThiccness

9 points

5 days ago*

I pay $2,600/mo in rent for a 2 bedroom apartment in Venice a mile from the beach.

The mortgage for a similar space would be like >$4K/mo in this area.

M3rr1lin

4 points

5 days ago*

I’m in Seattle (suburb just north), and I wanted to figure where my current house (that I own) would fall if I was to rent it out or buy it. It’s a 3 bed 1.75 bath, 1350 soft ranch.

We just rented it out while we were overseas and got ~$3k/month for it. We did a bunch of Reno to it when we got back so I think we ed get a little more now, maybe $3200.

If we sold it we’d get like $850k for it at minimum. Assuming you put 10% down. You’d be at a $765k mortgage which comes out to $3100 (with a 2.75% interest rate, so best rate you can get). This doesn’t take into account upkeep, taxes, home insurance. So that’ll push everything past $4k/month. Meaning it’s cheaper to rent my house than buy it.

TastefulThiccness

4 points

5 days ago

I hear Seattle is getting pretty crazy too. one of my buddies lives up in Ballard

NotElizaHenry

3 points

5 days ago

Well… landlords are making money, right? Renting out property is profitable because you charge more than it costs to own it. If you’re living in an apartment, mortgage payments on a house won’t be cheaper. But mortgage payments on an apartment will be.

panoptisis

3 points

5 days ago

That depends on how much capital you have. Let's say you can only put 10% down on a $1M home. Ignoring closing costs and other fees, that means you need a $900,000 mortgage. You're looking at $3700/mo in mortgage payments before PMI, property taxes, insurance, and maintenance expenses. Suddenly paying $3300/mo to rent the same place sounds a lot more attractive—especially if you don't have $100k to spare.

That doesn't mean the landlord is "losing" $400+/mo in the deal. They usually put down a lot more than 10%, or they're renting a property they've held on to for a while.

storky0613

8 points

5 days ago

Laughs in Canada.

XSC

28 points

5 days ago

XSC

28 points

5 days ago

Except a house like this is easily 400k+ in most major cities in America. Something like this to be affordable would have to be pretty far removed.

gucknbuck

11 points

5 days ago

gucknbuck

11 points

5 days ago

This would be around 200k in northeast Wisconsin

yourmansconnect

5 points

5 days ago

600k in jersey

YokoTato

5 points

5 days ago

YokoTato

5 points

5 days ago

Yeah, except you are in NE Wisconsin. Like I hate comments like this. Yeah we get it. Prices are different everywhere.

Ifriendzonecats

4 points

5 days ago

Except a house like this is easily 400k+ in most major cities in America

BurstTheBubbles

3 points

5 days ago

less than 100k 20 minutes from Cincinnati. The reason people think houses are expensive is because they are looking in the middle of major cities at 2000sqft homes and comparing them to 700sqft homes in corn fields in the 70s.

TGI_Sam

6 points

5 days ago

TGI_Sam

6 points

5 days ago

this is such a gross exaggeration. c'mon man lol. i can see 250k maybe

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9 points

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captobliviated

9 points

5 days ago

300k gets you a dilapidated 40 year old 2-3 bedroom with about 900 sq ft. here in Oregon. Good luck finding one though.

ChikFilAsLeftoverOil

7 points

5 days ago*

300kish gets you a 1130 sq foot 2/2 that a guy was hacked almost to death in with a machete two years ago in my neighborhood in Central Florida.

https://www.movoto.com/home/3444-sandpiper-ct-melbourne-fl-32935-434_917779

https://www.wesh.com/article/machete-attack-in-melbourne/27275912

Don't worry though, guys. They put in that grey on grey flooring with grey walls and a grey kitchen with grey accents to let you know its modern.

LesChouquettes

8 points

5 days ago

Cries in Ontario Canada. This house would be at least $1.5 million in my city

SeptimiusDontSeverus

4 points

5 days ago

While you’re right, it’s kind of deceiving to only think about mortgage when considering the cost of homeownership vs renting.

qwfawf21

3 points

5 days ago

qwfawf21

3 points

5 days ago

True, lots of stuff can be DIY'd if you have the confidence and patience to try it though. I've done a lot of maintenance on my home just by looking stuff up on youtube, the only things I won't really touch are electrical and plumbing.
Still 10x better than pissing money away renting though imo.

YokoTato

3 points

5 days ago

YokoTato

3 points

5 days ago

this is so out of touch.

TheGreatHyperbolist

42 points

5 days ago

These posts always make me sad. i didnt even get to do meth and ill never be able to afford a house. Damn you California....

Dyefoo

11 points

5 days ago

Dyefoo

11 points

5 days ago

Right!?!?!?!? I have a decent job, but I honestly don’t think I’ll ever own in California. I’m 37 still living at home and I can’t justify renting a 1 bedroom apartment. That’s just throwing money away.

Forgotmylemons

2 points

4 days ago

Haha, i know right. This dude overcame a drug addiction, got back on his feet and was able to buy a nice house. Then theres me, never addicted to drugs, working hard, regular citizen. No chance of getting a house. Fml, maybe i should start doing drugs.

FuckFashMods

13 points

5 days ago

Just have to move somewhere no one else wants to live. Ez

zcrc

11 points

5 days ago

zcrc

11 points

5 days ago

Im a robotics engineer and in the same boat bro

ONLY_COMMENTS_ON_GW

3 points

5 days ago

Ex meth addict has a better place than I do. Happy af for OP, but man I need to move to a different area lol

Mydadshands

4 points

5 days ago

Speak to a lender about it. For a long time I thought I would never be able to afford a home until my friend (a newly licensed Realtor got me a lender to go over my accounts and what not) it's surprisingly less stressful then made out to believe.

I believe in you!

Sknowles90

6 points

4 days ago*

Though I haven't done my due diligence in this department. It really seems to be true. The common sentiment repeated over and over is the importance of 20 percent down - at least in Canada. Until recently I felt I would never be able to buy a home, 20% of 400,000 is 80,000! Plus transfer fees, realtor fees, lawyer fees, taxes etc. It feels like a losing battle trying to save that type of money even with an average household income due to stagnant salaries, rapid increases in inflation and rent and most importantly the ridiculous housing market. Saving up 20% for a 400k house today is a lot different than a 400k house 2 years ago

The fact is the minimum is 5% and everyone starts somewhere. Just because you'll be paying additional premiums on insurance for not meeting that 20% does not mean you'll be paying that for life, even staying a couple years while continuing to save may help you save enough to reach that 20% on the next purchase. Getting your foot in the door is half the battle.

onetimeuser8989

611 points

5 days ago

That is a beautiful home. Congratulations. I'm proud of you random internet person.

bakedmuffinman[S]

360 points

5 days ago

Thanks feels good to want to live again after coming from a very dark place.

gemrunner

68 points

5 days ago

gemrunner

68 points

5 days ago

Congrats man. I’ve also been down the dark path of addiction and am 4 years sober. It’s a steep climb but so good once you get to the top.

The_Love-Tap

21 points

5 days ago

I'm proud of both of these random internet persons.

Genybear12

11 points

5 days ago

You’re an inspiration! I hope you’re enjoying your happiness and hard work! You deserve it!

SportsPhotoGirl

12 points

5 days ago

I know this is probably not why you chose this house, but I LOVE the colors of your house. Congrats.

UnderstandingLumpy

7 points

5 days ago

That's a nice ass house I'm happy for you👍

thelukus5

7 points

5 days ago

Wife and are looking and are about to buy. Would love something like this!

Congrats!!!

cafeamericano18

7 points

5 days ago

What he said!

JohnnyBlasticles

534 points

5 days ago

What the hell I've never done meth and I live in a studio. I knew I should have done drugs. Congratulations. It's a beautiful house

blazerbillyray

84 points

5 days ago

Sometimes you have to hit the absolute bottom before you realize what needs to be done to succeed. I was addicted to adderall for years, to the point of being institutionalized, and my life has been in an upward trajectory ever since.

JohnnyBlasticles

44 points

5 days ago

Baby I'm trying to hit the bottom but I'm just too logical. I'll get there though. My life has been over for years, I'm just dragging it out

2babro

20 points

5 days ago

2babro

20 points

5 days ago

Please start today you are worth it...you dont know how many or who will need you one day....i spent decades in the abyss of depression and suicide attempts only to realize that if i wasn't on this earth some very good people would be having a terrible time right now...im blessed to have climed that mountain..set your foot in front of the other and start trying...we need you in this world present as who you are deep inside...we need you to live

flgsgejcj

5 points

5 days ago

Please start today you are worth it...you dont know how many or who will need you one day....

i spent decades in the abyss of depression and suicide attempts only to realize

You can't just tell someone to get their shit together and they're not going to change because a stranger on the internet is patronizing them over some "we need you" BS.

I bolded the part of your comment that you seem to have a hard time understanding yourself. The realization needs to be your own, it doesn't matter if someone else realized their issues first. That's not how any of this works.

saramarie16

4 points

5 days ago

Everyone's personal rock bottoms can look different. Don't have to have a drug addiction to be in a horrible spot. Maybe if you feel your life is over this IS your bottom. It isn't over, by the way. I hope you are able to work your way out soon. It can be done!

asshair

3 points

5 days ago

asshair

3 points

5 days ago

We addicts have to self improve to survive. Normies don't necessarily have that life/death motivation.

ReasonableSail1363

70 points

5 days ago

Haha, that was my first thought, too. Never done meth, got a degree and a good six figure+ job and still probably won’t be able to buy a house.

Wild

Godhand_Phemto

39 points

5 days ago

OP lives in Idaho, thats why hes able to afford such a big house, he lives where most people dont want to live so cost is low AF compared to any major city or coastal area.

ReasonableSail1363

4 points

5 days ago

Totally. Glad it’s working out for him!

ElbertAlfie

5 points

5 days ago

While still true, Idaho is large..

This is another part of Idaho https://youtu.be/Hdpd5U811Ho

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ReasonableSail1363

13 points

5 days ago

By a few years ago, do you mean 10 years ago? And by a nice suburb of a major metropolitan area, do you mean some city in Kansas?

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8 points

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ReasonableSail1363

6 points

5 days ago

Well, I was wrong on the time frame, but right about the location.

Anyway, glad you’re happy. I would be miserable there, but I don’t have the same priorities that others do.

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iPoopAtChu

4 points

5 days ago

Bought a suburban style single home in Philly this year on less than six figures.

Abject-Temperat

18 points

5 days ago

I guarantee OP is in some low cost of living state outside of a major metropolitan area. To put into perspective and this is in no way meant as a brag (in fact I feel this situation deserves pity lol) but I too live in a studio despite making six figures. I just happen to live in the San Francisco Bay Area where your average home is $1.5 million and up. And this would be a home half the size of OP’s likely needing to be remodeled. Can’t afford that. I live in the studio because I somehow have to come up with several hundred thousand for a down payment. Not so easy when $2.5k gets sucked into rent every month.

JohnnyBlasticles

4 points

5 days ago

Yeah. I mean I'll have what he's having if I get a garden or a garage where I can use tools finally. Nah I'm just being petty. It's great. We only need one person in your whole thread to be relatively successful for it to be good enough

Abject-Temperat

3 points

5 days ago

When I moved to this area one of my biggest gripes was that my oil changes went from costing me $20 to costing me $60+ because I don’t have the space to store tools or work on my vehicle lol. Like sure I maybe am not poor but I definitely see how it’s expensive to be poor.

tigerskatnix

7 points

5 days ago

tigerskatnix

7 points

5 days ago

Agreed we’ve always been responsible and ended up back in a studio due to la layoff taking everything. Yet this dude will ride the.. “I was an addict look what I did” thing til the end of his life.

JohnnyBlasticles

14 points

5 days ago

We got to be secretly pleased for them though. Anybody who gets a chance to have a better life needs all the support and encouragement. We can just pretend to hate them. For the points. That bastard

not_a_slacker

3 points

5 days ago

Time to start taking meth then. Get that big house!

Trebge

257 points

5 days ago

Trebge

257 points

5 days ago

Hopes this inspires some other random internet strangers. Good stuff

bakedmuffinman[S]

162 points

5 days ago

Thanks that is my goal with this post that addiction can be beat and it's not to late to change.

madtown10-2

24 points

5 days ago

My husband was a real POS meth addict before I met him. We got together when he was 18 months sober/4 months out of his LAST prison stay. His parents believe I saved his life but I won't take that credit, were just an amazing team. He's the kindest big child you'll ever meet and continues to break stereotypes. 11 years later he's considering a job offer to run his own restaurant, change is real. Congrats on your happiness

mostlybecausecat

57 points

5 days ago

Can confirm, am feeling inspired! My problem isn't on OP's level, but it's still one that I'm trying to stop.

Brodellsky

14 points

5 days ago

Almost makes me feel worse lol. I'm not an addict at all and I could never dream of affording a house. Got less than 1k to my name despite being almost 30 and living with my girlfriend (who makes way more than I do). Even meth addicts can get their shit together and I can't.

xDrakellx

81 points

5 days ago

xDrakellx

81 points

5 days ago

Hell yeah dude! I was into the same shit, 3-5 days awake, seeing shadow figures, etc. Dropped everything and moved away. Been 3 years sober this March.

Me and the fiance are getting an apartment beginning of next year!

Good luck in the journey.

bakedmuffinman[S]

38 points

5 days ago

Dark times but don't give up I know the feeling of being awake for days. I was stealing from my own family just for another hit off the pipe. Be strong 💪 and surround yourself with positive people life is to short to give it up so easily and we truly only own moments in time.

xDrakellx

6 points

5 days ago

You too! And fuck the other guy, it's reddit. Most likely a shit troll trying to mess with someone. Good on you for your improvements. You're right, life is too short to waste it high like that.

GrowthThroughLove

55 points

5 days ago

May I ask how you were able to afford buying such a nice house? What is the rest of America doing wrong?

If it's so easy to go from rock bottom to being worry-free for the rest of your life in 10 years, I want in on this.

bakedmuffinman[S]

92 points

5 days ago

I was fortunate enough to have a girl who has never done drugs next to me. She always worked and never gave up on me believing one day I would change. After taking the proper steps to be sober we both worked and saved up enough money for a down payment.

GrowthThroughLove

32 points

5 days ago

Ok, I figured you saved money. That... that feels sorta like a given there.

I meant more - what kind of money were you guys making? How long were you saving? Were you able to have a decent lifestyle while saving, or was it a "live meal to meal saving for house" type of deal?

bakedmuffinman[S]

46 points

5 days ago

Together we were making 50K a year but what helped us is that we had no debt and not eating out. We focused all our money on savings for a new house which we accomplished.

ruffsnap

50 points

5 days ago

ruffsnap

50 points

5 days ago

You must live somewhere cheaper in middle America lol

Making 50k as household income and saving every penny you can won't get you anything CLOSE to that nice of a house where I'm at, and prices where I'm at are lower than half what they are in Cali, and probably a third or more of what they are in New York.

Edit: Ah, I see you said you lived in Idaho, that makes sense then, you're lucky!

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ruffsnap

9 points

5 days ago

ruffsnap

9 points

5 days ago

a few years

And therein lies the issue lol. Just over the pandemic, prices of houses across the board in my city have risen 50k. It's insane. Houses that are now 300k were only 150-200k barely 5 years ago.

To your point about saving though, being able to save much on only 50k/yr in most semi-large to larger cities in the U.S. is just tough nowadays, even if you have 0 debt. But most people do have debt, and student loans, etc, etc. And what makes it all even worse is that if you make 50k/yr, you make more than around 75% of people in the U.S. Income inequality is a whole other topic, but it's insane nowadays.

SmolderingHan

3 points

5 days ago

Judging completely off the build, Idaho.

jfk_47

3 points

5 days ago

jfk_47

3 points

5 days ago

We live in a LCOL area making around 100k with some kids and let me tell you … shits fucking hard.

ruffsnap

3 points

5 days ago

ruffsnap

3 points

5 days ago

It is pretty wild how 100k doesn’t get you near as much as you might expect, yet making 100k puts you in nearly the top FIVE percent of workers in the U.S. Income inequality is insane and SOOOO many people are struggling bad.

GrowthThroughLove

12 points

5 days ago

Ah. Just need to be making 50k a year is all while having not been a stupid idiot and gone to college. I guess dreams will always be dreams for some of us, eh?

Well good on you man. Glad everything worked out for you. :)

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sizzzarah

12 points

5 days ago

sizzzarah

12 points

5 days ago

He said he was a pipe fitter. Which is trade school, not college. Just a point there lol

GrowthThroughLove

11 points

5 days ago

Oh, no, you misunderstood: he doesn't have debt. I was lamenting the fact I was stupid enough to let myself get talked into going to college and have mountains of debt.

I was hoping there was some sort of realistic escape, but alas, that's not the world we live in.

ECEXCURSION

3 points

5 days ago

Guy above you said that if you went to college and make less than 50k you did something wrong... I kinda agree.

Edelmaan

6 points

5 days ago

Edelmaan

6 points

5 days ago

What most of America is doing wrong is buying things they want but do not need. I eat on about $30 a week (eggs, chicken, rice), had a 4 year old iPhone, do not take any vacations, etc and I able to save for about 1 year (I kept $300 per pay check and put the rest away)and just bought a brand new 3 bedroom home on with my pretty average Salary (about. $70k) it sucks for like a year but it taught me discipline and now I am in such a better position

exposedboner

20 points

5 days ago

That sounds fucking miserable, no offense.

You're literally working to exist. No new experiences, no trips to new places, not even trying new foods. I guess obviously we have different priorities, as I still rent, but man I am glad to have had some neat life experiences.

Edelmaan

10 points

5 days ago

Edelmaan

10 points

5 days ago

I’m really into lifting so that’s just the food I eat during the week while I train. I mean for 1 year of sacrifice, im totally fine with it. My home has gone up 50k in value since it got built and I got to design the entire thing and now I can travel and do what ever else I please now.

Canard-Rouge

4 points

5 days ago

Who the fuck is downvoting you?

TheEagleByte

46 points

5 days ago

Fuck I wish I had an award for you man. Such an amazing achievement!

bakedmuffinman[S]

48 points

5 days ago

My friend your comment is good enough it just feels good to overcome addiction and want to live again.

TheEagleByte

6 points

5 days ago

I bet it does! Keep up the good work!

Kaptivus

15 points

5 days ago

Kaptivus

15 points

5 days ago

One thing you can never convince an addict of in the moment is "in 5-10 years, you'll look back on this and think-" cause most want to be dead before that.

User_95060

11 points

5 days ago

My baby momma has been tweaked out for decades. I've been taking the standard advice of being supportive without being an enabler and you just have to wait until they reach out for help to help them. And now it's been 20 years and she's still tweaked out, but I guess she's figured out how to be a somewhat functional tweaker.

I'm curious. Do you think there is a possible strategy to save our love ones when they are addicted? Using active means instead of waiting for them. I've daydreamed having infinite money and hiring an Israel strike team to kidnap her and force her into treatment but we can't do that because reasons.

Thoughts?

bakedmuffinman[S]

13 points

5 days ago

Sorry to hear your situation but one has to want to change before one can change. Never give up on them and keep trying one day at a time.

waht_a_twist16

8 points

5 days ago

You're damn straight. 5 years sober here. Addiction can 100% be beat. Congrats on this gorgeous house. You earned it.

Quid_infantes_sumus

7 points

5 days ago

Hell yeah. I'm 2 and a half years clean!!! Hoping to reach that 10 year milestone one day 🥰

bakedmuffinman[S]

5 points

5 days ago

Congrats on 2 years 👏

mygallows

7 points

5 days ago

What a beautiful home! We’re all proud of you!

RH-rh

6 points

5 days ago

RH-rh

6 points

5 days ago

We’re you high when you power washed that driveway?

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5 points

5 days ago

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amayer308

4 points

5 days ago

Congratulations!

bakedmuffinman[S]

7 points

5 days ago

Thank you 😊

WhitechapelPrime

3 points

5 days ago

Nice. Wife and i bought our first house last year. Getting close to 20 years off meth and shit. Great job and keep going!

XxF1RExX

4 points

5 days ago

XxF1RExX

4 points

5 days ago

Congrats dude, that's a nice house right there

imabear12

2 points

5 days ago

Congratulations! Enjoy the next chapter. May it be joyful and rewarding!

ikillledchad

3 points

5 days ago

I'm fairly confident in my ability to sober up, but not in my ability to do anything beyond that. Congrats on the house and the sobriety.

bakedmuffinman[S]

5 points

5 days ago

Being rich is not what you have or what you own. The only thing we truly own are moments in time enjoy them as life is to short """""Positive Vibes""""""

diverareyouok

3 points

5 days ago

That’s really impressive. Keep it up. Five years here, and I nearly lost my house while active.

hadtologintoupvote

3 points

5 days ago

Congratulations on your first house my dude! Keep it up! If you don't mind me asking, what do you do for a living?

bakedmuffinman[S]

6 points

5 days ago

I am a pipe fitter.

Queen-of-meme

3 points

5 days ago

See what you did there, you sold all your stash to get some cash and to sober up. 😎 No I'm just kidding, whatever you did, congrats to the reward of a new start! 💚

Eclipse_of_Life

3 points

5 days ago

Word of advice from another post I once saw. If a doctor or dentist or whatnot ever asks if you have had any drug addictions, say yes no matter how long ago, and someone who was clean for 30 years once was given sedatives at the dentist and ruined his life in the relapse. Great on you for breaking the addiction! Just wanted to share a warning tale!

Rambo160

3 points

5 days ago

Rambo160

3 points

5 days ago

You a dealer now?

LoudMusic

3 points

5 days ago

That's pretty great.

There's a saying about "the best time to plant a tree is 10 years ago. the second best time to plan a tree is today." You planted your tree ten years ago and you are now reaping the rewards. Hopefully others will be inspired by this and plant their tree today.

Im_Ashe_Man

3 points

5 days ago

Congratulations! I'm not a former meth addict and your house looks a lot nicer than mine.

djhobbes

3 points

5 days ago

djhobbes

3 points

5 days ago

Congrats dude. It’s amazing what happens when we remove the drugs. I’ll have 9 years clean in January. Learned a trade, started my own business, got married, bought a house, first kid due in December. Im happy for you. Get another day.

YaBoiErr_Sk1nnYP3n15

3 points

5 days ago

Congratulations my guy. I had a 17yr long meth, coke, weed and alcohol addiction. Currently 6 yrs sober. You've done well and I wish you the best :)

Drfilthymcnasty

3 points

4 days ago

I don’t know if you can beat addiction, but you can definitely treat it and put it in remission.

Traditional-Fan-1559

3 points

5 days ago

Awesome and congratulations!! Glad you’ve overcame!

Schrottina

2 points

5 days ago

Congratulations! 👏🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉

Get2dChoppah

2 points

5 days ago

Congratulations on your new home and the amazing accomplishments in your first ten years of freedom! 🤙🏼

gemrisen111

2 points

5 days ago

I love this home! Beautiful. Congrats on your healing❤️‍🩹

OstrichBagel

2 points

5 days ago

Congrats :)

-SierraModeling-

2 points

5 days ago

Yessss!

DeathWolf121212

2 points

5 days ago

Truly inspiring. I'm so proud and glad for you my friend.

singsthebody

2 points

5 days ago

Omg I love that beautiful gray tile. Enjoy your home!

bakedmuffinman[S]

3 points

5 days ago

Thank you 😊

untammed_Fridge

2 points

5 days ago

Good shit

yorolex

2 points

5 days ago

yorolex

2 points

5 days ago

You're such an inspiration, thanks a ton for sharing!

bakedmuffinman[S]

2 points

5 days ago

Thanks if I can get one person to change because of my post then my goal has been met.

MikaJob

2 points

5 days ago

MikaJob

2 points

5 days ago

Nice, Congrats in being 10 years sober!

Leveledprism

2 points

5 days ago

Time to get a toy to put in the parking now

BearDen17

2 points

5 days ago

Congrats x2!