Yeah!! SO fun… .I have checked this book out of the library several times but never get a chance to finish it!! I learned long ago I can’t take library books on my work trips as I have left a few in the jumpseat.
Anywho, I am a mixture of a few… [quote=“F2P, post:1, topic:889”]
focusing on their finances & living frugally
Yes - this is me. After I started tracking my expenses last November it was a big eye opener for me. This year I cut my overall costs by 31%… Aldi has been a huge saver but the best part was reducing my electric costs from 332 to 219! A win for me and the environment!
I dont have a Timex but I do have a crappy Walmart watch that works great! This baby has been with me since I started my job 15 years ago. My car is a 2001 Honda CRV with a ton of miles and starting to rust but I her and refuse to give her up. I dont’ however, shop at sears because I don’t really shop at all. When I do it is Gap outlet (my standard “uniform” is Gap black skinny jeans). I haven’t been there in over a year but the last time I went it was with a 40% off coupon. I went straight to the shelf, got my size, and went straight to the counter. No looking for other things I might “need”.
I think these traits are important because consumption is out of control in this country! We focus on what we want and not what we need. We need more community interraction. More time outdoors away from the TV and computer (as I type from my computer). More family time and less overtime. By living frugally I don’t have to work as much or as hard just to financially survive. I can take time off to do the things that fulfill me and charge me up instead of drain me. Happy people spread joy. We all could use a bit more joy in our lives.
On a book related side note…
My main goal is helping other to learn about financial freedom. I don’t have any kids so I am focusing on my BF’s and nieces and nephews. I wrote about this before but have fine tuned it a bit - I am starting their financial education slow with a reading library for them. With each birthday or other gift related event they get $10 and a finance book to read. I give them a set time to read it by (usually 2 months). Once read we will do lunch or ice cream and have a little book discussion. If it was actually read, I will match their original gift of $10 with a 100% match. This way they get $20 and an education. Christmas will be the trial run…keep your fingers crossed!! Oh, and I am taking book recommendations for 10-16 year old range. I don’t want to hijack this post so If anyone has any suggestions please email me!! firstname.lastname@example.org