Being You

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.

8 thoughts on “Being You”

  1. I also unplug my coffee maker after use. We also have a housekeeper.

    I didn’t know I had a Canadian twin.

  2. OMG..I am the queen of unplugging….the coffee maker is always unplugged as i do not need yet another clock blinking at me….most of my lamps stay unplugged too–and the radio gets unplugged every day when not in use. I only started doing this a little over a year ago and i went back and checked my hydro bills…it does make a difference, almost $10 a month or more!!

    My gym membership is something I WILL NEVER GIVE UP.

    My turkey is thawing as we speak….but only because the kid is coming here for dinner. Oh, and it was free by cashing in reward points.

  3. Interesting how many of the ways we define ourselves are by things that we choose NOT to have. I choose NOT to have cable TV, NOT to have lots of electric appliances, Not to have a new car every several years, etc.

    Kind of like a Zen thing in that limiting my “goodies” actually frees me up from the illusion of Plenty, thus allowing me the experience of greater freedom.

    And, of course, there are some little pleasures that I still allow myself to savor. Splurging without guilt is also a form of freedom, I guess. I yam what I yam. 🙂

  4. I totally agree with everything that has been said above. However, I would like to take the arguments one step further. Let me give an example: So, last week I went on that business trip in Northern BC, and at the end of each work day after working outside in the cold, wind and rain, the hot bath seemed like heaven. One night at the restaurant my boss commented that it’s great taking a one hour shower when you are not paying for the hot water. This is what I mean. When I am frugal and money-conscientious and try to live on less, I am not driven exclusively by the fact how much I am saving or because I am not paying. Don’t get me wrong saving a few bucks here and ther is great and I love doing it. However, in society what’s personal is precious, people take good care of their own “things”. On the other hand what’s public or common, gets abused, wasted, because, hey, who cares, it’s not your own. I believe this is wrong. Also, so much of consumption out there is done for the sake of subjective perception- what will others say when they see me in a big house, new car, designer’s clothes, etc. If mankind would stop chasing only after personal profits and incentives, and realize that we share this planet with so many other living organisms, then…well the world would be a better place. And that I consider to be another aspect of “being you”.

  5. It is not only the coffee maker that I unplug after use. ANY appliance or gadget not being used is unplugged. Lights are turned off when nobody is inside the room. No turkey on Thanksgiving? It’s like saying no snow on winter. LOL.

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