The former president Jimmy Carter lives in a house worth $210,000 and shops at the local Dollar General

James Earl Carter Jr. came into this world on October 1, 1924, in Plains, Georgia. His father, James Earl Carter Sr., was a prosperous businessman and invested in farmland, while his mother, Bessie Lilian, dedicated her time as a nurse at the Wise Sanitarium, where young Carter was born.

During his formative years from 1937 to 1941, Carter attended a local high school. Following his passion for the military, he fulfilled his dream in 1943 by gaining admission to the Naval Academy, inspired by his father’s service in the U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps during World War I.

In Phil Donahue and Marlo Thomas’ book What Makes a Marriage Last, he mentioned, “I simply felt a strong connection with her.” Once Carter completed his studies at the naval academy, they decided to get married in 1946. After retiring from the Navy, he dedicated his time to his wife, four children, and the family business. In 1961, he built a ranch-style house for his family, as they were in desperate need of a home. According to Zillow, the house is currently valued at $209,996. Interestingly, this house also became his residence after leaving the White House. The Washington Post reported that he returned to his roots because he didn’t want to financially benefit from his time in the White House. While many of his predecessors and successors took advantage of their post-presidential popularity, Carter knew it wasn’t his path. He stated, “I don’t see anything wrong with it; I don’t blame other people for doing it. It just never was my ambition to be wealthy.” Despite selling off the peanut business and facing significant debt, he managed to live a comfortable life. He relied on his $217,000 annual pension to make things easier for his family.

The General Services Administration’s 2019 fiscal year budget revealed that Carter’s expenses amounted to $456,000, which is significantly lower than the allocated budget of $952,000 for former president George H. W. Bush. On the other hand, Barrack Obama, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush incurred costs of $1 million.

Additionally, he has been frequently seen buying his clothes from the nearby Dollar General store. Even when he travels, he chooses to fly on commercial flights instead of private ones. Furthermore, it has come to light that after leaving the White House, the ex-president began teaching at Emory University and also at a Baptist Sunday School.