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Fixer Upper’s Chip & Joanna Gaines Were ‘Broke’ Before HGTV

10/13/2016 at 10:53 | PEOPLE.com

Before Chip and Joanna Gaines hit it big on Fixer Upper, the couple scraped by as small business owners.

“I remember when we first got married the only money we had was what was in Chip’s pocket,” Joanna says in this week’s issue of 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.”

The couple is now at the helm of a home improvement empire that includes a hit HGTV show, quarterly magazine and their new book The Magnolia Story comes out Oct. 18.

HGTV’s Chip and Joanna Gaines Reveal ‘We Were Broke!’ Before Fixer Upper

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