She Lived a Frugal Life and Liked to Cycle and Fix Trucks, but When She Moved to an Upscale Neighborhood, They Accused Her of Ruining It

A woman recently shared a story of how she was made to feel unwelcome in her new home because of her lifestyle choices. She likes to bike and fix trucks, but her snobby neighbors said he was bringing the area down. Here’s what she had to say.

Successful engineer

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“I’m a 25-year-old woman in engineering,” she began. “I was very lucky to have a full-ride scholarship to school and land a great job when I graduated.”

Frugal life

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“I’ve been living a really frugal life because I’d rather set myself up for the long-term future than blow my money now,” she added. “My family was never that financially stable, so the things I value most are saving and investing for the future.”

Enjoy the simple things

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She likes to keep things simple. She rides an old pickup truck, cycles to work, and has friends over for dinner rather than eating out.

New home

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Her budgetary responsibility paid off. She was able to buy a nice home just outside the city. She liked the area and was happy that the taxes were a bit lower there, too.

Suburban life

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The woman was used to the city. So, suburban life was a bit of an adjustment. Her new area is very residential, not so diverse, and more suited to people with families. But she can still cycle to the city for work, so she’s happy enough.

Nasty neighbors

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Her biggest problem is her neighbors. They’ve been vocal about how her moving in has brought down the property value in their area.

Eyesore truck

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The woman drove an old truck. When she saw a similar model for sale, she snapped it up. She could use it for spare parts when her main truck needed to be repaired. However, when her neighbors complained it was an eyesore, she started covering it with a tarp.

Locking up

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Her friends also like to get around on bikes and scooters. When they come to visit, they lock their vehicles outside. Again, one of the neighbors complained that seeing locked bikes makes the area look dangerous and crime-ridden.

Party problems

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The neighbors have also implemented a rule whereby visitor parking is forbidden overnight. They accused her of circumnavigating that rule by having friends over on bikes because she wanted to throw parties.

Tough call

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The woman wanted to get along with her neighbors, but she felt that they were out of order. She thought that they were more upset about her not fitting in than they were about property values.

Was she in the right?

If It’s Not A Definite Yes, It’s Probably A No
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The woman won’t change, but she knows it could cause problems with her neighbors. She reached out to an online forum to ask for their opinions.

The internet responded

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One poster said, “If investing in the future is something you value, then build a new garage. Solves all of your problems. It hides the truck parts and provides secure parking for your friends. It also upgrades the value of your home and neighborhood.”

While another declared, “Being frugal is great. So is biking. But failing to keep your property tidy and keeping a junked truck visible are not. If you want to work on your truck, do it in a garage or at least keep the parts in your backyard. And keep your yard neat; there’s probably a city ordinance on half this stuff anyways.”

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