I just saw an interesting article on extreme frugal living
. I'm intrigued by those who manage to simplify their lives so much while still maintaining an acceptable standard of living, and... well... still being happy.
I agree that rampant consumerism is a problem in our society. However, I still like the comforts my current lifestyle provides. Am I willing to change my shopping habits and sacrifice (or at least modify) some of the niceties I've come to expect in my life?
That's a tough question.
I have Dumpster dived (though not for food) and pulled stuff out of the neighbors' garbage the night before trash day. Sometimes I found things for my own use, sometimes something to sell (there was a time I made a living through garage sales, swap meets, flea markets and the like). That was all pre-wife and kids though.
A couple years ago I announced that from then on I would buy all my clothes second-hand at thrift shops or on eBay
. I'm a stay-at-home dad, so it's not like I really need the latest fashions. That lasted less than a year, when I discovered that it wasn't easy to find things in my size and that I really did need to dress up on occasion. Still, I think I could probably handle the second-hand clothes thing if I tried harder.
Then there's all the other stuff I buy: books, DVDs, books, food, books, household items, books, stuff for the kids, more books....
Could I really be more frugal about those purchases? I'd certainly like to be, especially with all the rising costs in other areas (like gas). Hmmm. Maybe I could cut down on that stuff.... Well, except the books. ;-) How about you?Tags: dumpster diving; frugal; living