Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Open Discussion - Living With Less

-- Quote of the Day -- 

"Frugality is one of the most beautiful and joyful words in the English language, and yet one that we are culturally cut off from understanding and enjoying. The consumption society has made us feel that happiness lies in having things, and has failed to teach us the happiness of not having things."

~ Elise Boulding

-- Chatter -- 

I'd like to open a discussion here today about living with less...

Dave and I - for instance - have been living with one vehicle since '95. At times it has been difficult to simply schedule shopping and outings around each other. When I was working outside of the home, one of us would get up early to drive the other to work in the morning and then either he or I would walk, bicycle or take a bus home if the person with the vehicle was unable to pick us up from work. We managed to do this fairly well with few if any conflict of need. And all those years we paid one insurance, we maintained one vehicle, we had one vehicle to purchase... one gas tank to fill. Can you imagine the thousands and thousands of dollars we saved each year by doing this one simple reduction?

Where else can we live with less? 

Starting a garden makes a difference because you're no longer shopping for food at the grocery store as often, saving a great deal of money over time and increasing our nutrition as well.

How about shopping for used clothes?
Or renting the tools or equipment we need instead of buying them?

I'd like to open the discussion here to our readers to comment here or spread the topic over to social media for their circles to participate. 

How have you "lived with less" - what did it mean for you, did you experience a positive benefit?

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