Ahh Chip and Joanna Gaines — the reality couple that helps us believe in love again. Judging from their on screen fun and playfulness, it's easy to imagine them happy together whether they were rich or poor, and they've done both. They weren't always the moguls running a hit show, magazine, shop, and bakery. Before their HGTV fame from their reality design show Fixer Upper, Chip and Joanna were actually broke.
"I remember when we first got married, the only money we had was what was in Chip's pocket," Joanna Gaines told People. "He always had a wad of cash, but we were broke. If I needed to go grocery shopping it's whatever was in his pocket. That's how we paid the bills." Chip began flipping houses when the couple got married, but that business did not pay the bills in the beginning. Chip Gaines revealed that during their first two years of marriage, Joanna's father kept asking him when he was going to get a "real job."
The couple was never looking for fame. "All of this sort of fell into our laps," Chip told Fox. "We were just living our life out here in little bitty Waco, [Texas]. We had dreams and aspirations like most folks, but this has really been something else."