Looking Beyond Frugality


Someone once told me, ‘You’re supposed to keep moving through the valley, not set up camp there’.

Writing about money consist of 2 parts; offering an opinion about saving money, and offering an opinion about making money.

The first is not something I enjoy. I can tell you how to survive with little, drawing from my personal experience. But, I can’t keep writing about that because I don’t want to wallow in it.

This post is in response to my inner voice, telling me that too many people seek out frugal living tips due to necessary, rather than choice.

Disclosure: Based on personal opinion, not to be taken as advice. Seek a professional if required.

Motivational: Keep moving through the valley

Money Serves A Purpose

I know, not everyone can have money -Not because we can’t share the bounty earth has to offer, but because of what money is.

I also know that life gives us our own burdens, some of which make living comfortably a real challenge.

Those born into ‘wealthier’ nations have more options than the rest. We’re provided with honest ways to make money, and other, not-so-honest ways to make money.

A 9-5 is the common way to make money. And while not rewarding for many, it does get us through the month.

Hedge The Bet

The point of my musings is, one way of another, most of us can be free of the strain associated with lack of money. And free of the 9-5 normally needed to circumvent it.

One could work a job and save money over decades. If you start early enough, you could retire early.

One could also work a normal job, using any extra money to fund business ideas, and keep trying until something works. If you choose your business wisely, it could generate some form of near passive income.

One could Hedge and do both, which is what my wife and I did.

Money To Live

Whenever we save money we are prioritising what we value, over money. That information is ever lasting.

Still, real frugal living, living without ever really spending, is a tough thing to keep up. -Especially without resources, such as emergency cash, land for farming, or family to call on.

You don’t have to qualify why you enjoy frugal living, and for me, when done for a reason, it’s highly effective. But too many don’t have a choice.

If you’re talking about Homesteading, I’m on-board. If you’re talking about Simple Living, I’m on-board. If you’re talking about living off the grid, I understand. If you’re talking about poverty, I’d rather not.

I’d rather spout about anything else, then the long term acceptance of real poverty.

I came from poverty. I’m not rich now, but I’m not poor. I get by without a 9-5, and thank goodness for that. I was lucky, I was fortunate, I was stupid, I was smart, I struggled, I made mistakes, but I worked a way out of it -and I’ll share what I learned along the way with anyone trying to do the same.

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