One of the main reasons I was excited about going takeout free was that I long for life to be simple again. I am always looking for ways to cut costs, reuse what I have, and stop throwing things away. I am not always good at this, but I try. Economically we don’t ‘need’ to use coupons or go without; we are very fortunate for this. However, we work our 37.5 hour work weeks chained to desks in small offices and cubicles like everyone else in the rat race. And frankly, I don’t want to squander my money because I don’t want to have to work more. I have worked for 22 of my 37 years of life in some capacity or another. First it was babysitting – lots of babysitting, then into the world of minimum wage. I worked through college then graduate school sometimes having 2 and 3 jobs (60+) hours per week. I owe more in student loans than I care to discuss. SO, I use coupons, credit card points for redeemable gift cards, read a LOT about frugal living, and have a great desire to just NOT SPEND all the time.
Money holds a different meaning to each of us. To me, having money means freedom. Having more green paper means I have less ‘stuff’ and having less stuff in my life means I have MORE time to be doing what I would rather be doing than working to pay for more ‘stuff’. As I mentioned, living with less so we can have more time as a family has me reading a lot these days. One of the websites I follow is The Center for The New American Dream. If you have similar values or are interested in this, check out the website. Today,I am reading about how to simplify the holidays. I haven’t ‘committed’ to it yet, but am very deep in thought and contemplation.
My stepdaughter has christmas gifts she received last year that are still new in the package (I think I will give these to Toys for Tots or a homeless shelter). Do you or have you considered simplifying the holidays?