Posted by Tim Stobbs on October 7, 2011
So it’s been a busy week for me. My latest article went up on Moneyville on Monday which lead to two radio interviews on Tues. One was with a local CBC station while the other one was on NewsTalk 1010 in Toronto. What stuck me about the conversation that I was having with CBC host was the fact she really was trying to wrap her head about how I can live on so little money and still be happy about it.
The answer is somewhat easy to explain: I’m unapologetically me. I know I’m slightly nuts and very eccentric at times…but I’m completely ok with that. I’m very comfortable in my own life and that is why I’m happy living on less.
I won’t lie to you. At times I’m a bit brutally cheap about some things like my power bill by unplugging my coffee pot after it is done to save 2W. Yet on other things I’ll happily fork out money without a second thought. For example, we recently realized something important about ourselves: we hate cleaning. It’s always the last thing to get done and we have tried method after method to do it on a regular basis, but they never work. So we gave up and recently hired someone else to clean my home. It costs a fair amount of money, but the first time I came home to clean house without lifting a finger I was in heaven.
Finding out what works for you personally is the key to living on less without feeling deprived. Because when you do it right, your not deprived at all. In fact, you are getting more of what you really want, but giving up on stuff you don’t care about that much. What’s the point of having big house if you never spend any time there? Perhaps a apartment condo would better for you.
So if you really want to save money, forgot what you are ‘suppose’ to do and find out what works for you and your family. Hey, maybe you will realize you don’t even like turkey for Thanksgiving. Have a good weekend everyone.