We owned one of these beauties, 1955 Nash Rambler.
Nobody else will take my advice, so I will broadcast it.
1. Learn to give a little or a lot, whatever the circumstances requires.
2. YOU DO NOT NEED A BIG HOUSE, all you need is a Kitchen, living room, bath and a BEDROOM!
3. Buying a home. Consider a Duplex. If you cannot be a landlord, hire one, it only cost’s 10% of the rent. If necessary, you do not have to tell the renter next door you own the place. Eventually you will pay for the place and can use the rent from two units to pay for your house. The duplex will provide income for the rest of your lives.
4. When you feel like you are nearly grown, always live debt free. When you absolutely cannot, and If both the Husband and wife work, NEVER incur debts that require both incomes to pay. One of you WILL lose a job in the 20-30 years it will take to pay for the house.
5. Never rent if you can buy for LESS than rent.
6. CAUTION ABOUT OWNING: Owning is not like renting. It is you that must call the plumber, electrician, A/C man, etc, and you that must pay him. When possible do your own upkeep if you buy.
7. If you are living with a ‘friend’ now, to see if marriage will work, remember that many studies have been done on this subject. The majority of marriages on this basis do not last over a year. To make it work you will have to work hard at it, extra hard. Only true love will get you through.
8. Unless you are very well off financially, your first furniture should be used to keep your cost down. You can find some great furniture at yard sales or used furniture stores (be very cautious at the stores and not pay more than you would for new stuff).
9. Love making: Lock the doors, pull the shades and turn off the phones. You and your mate deserve ALL of each other’s attention. My pastor once said from the pulpit and I about fell out of my pew. He used a twist on an old quote, “She deserves more than a wham, bam, thank you mam!” And he was absolutely right. When possible both parties should leave the love making, ‘the happiest person in the world.’ That is why it is called making love.
10. Keep the fire burning. Complement each other. Let him or her know just how lucky (you know) you are.
Sherry read something to me yesterday that Ruth Graham had said about marriage. Something like this: “Some folks bail out of a marriage at the first sign of bad weather. They don’t ride it out to enjoy all the wonderful smooth sailing and beautiful valleys you get to enjoy together.”
Okay, I have plenty of advice. Please ask! Hahahahahahahaha!
Written By Regina Brett, 90 years old,