I felt my spine ease into alignment and it was wonderful. The ad said it was brand new. I called and asked if the price was firm. I went to the sellers home and she hit the garage button to reveal a floor to ceiling warehouse of a garage filled with things she and her husband had bought but apparently never used. The inversion table was there with the manufacturer tags still on it. It was indeed new. I use that inversion table every night. M February 22, , 1: May I also gently suggest trying yoga? No fancy equipment or clothes some yogis practice virtually naked , just postures and deep breathing.
My tough-guy husband grew up in an mining town in Montana essentially crawled to my yoga class and has never looked back. February 22, , 3: Thanks for the suggestion.
I will compromise and hang upside down naked on the inversion table. Jamesqf February 23, , More like compulsive shoppers, the ones who get their kicks from the act of buying stuff. I have neighbors close to that, though they do tend to use things a few times before relegating them to the garage. Mary Ellen January 9, , 7: I used to go to the chiropractor every few weeks for lower back soreness and issues.
Fitness Blender is where I get all my free videos now.
I got tired of listening to Jillian Michaels after 3 years. Diane February 22, , I recently found this site and I am thoroughly enjoying reading it! Saving for the future rather than buying today has been my personal philosophy for my entire life. I gave my allowance to my dad to put in the bank when I was 5 — 6 years old. Many of my clients earn well into the six figures and have no emergency savings.
They have no idea where their money is going and they often have accumulated credit card debt. Which often is the excuse. It is a real challenge to get them to understand the simple math of simplifying and modifying their lifestyle will allow them to save. Of course this only works when both spouses agree.
This is whole other story. I have actually found that I am happier and more content with fewer things and a less complicated life in general. I look forward to the day when we have built up enough wealth for us to walk away from our jobs completely as you have.
By simplifying life things really do become better. My Financial Independence Journey February 22, , As someone on his own path to financial independence, I would agree with most of what MMM stated above. But on the basic points and underlying math, we agree. So start making your own lunch or brewing your own coffee. When I moved from post-doc to real job, I kept my standard of living about the same.
All the extra money is being banked. Use your judgement about the best way to spend your money. Anonymous February 23, , This is the huge one. I currently live like a student, and bank the rest of my salary, which puts me on track to retire in 5 years. Doug in London, ON February 22, , 2: MrsMastersEconomics February 22, , I started reading the MMM blog a couple months ago and have finally caught up to the most recent post. I actually have a Masters in Economics and a lot of the concepts in the blogs come quite naturally to me. However, I struggle with believing that financial independence is a realistic option in the near future.
Thanks to MMM, I sense myself developing a taste for a life that I never gave enough thought to and I realize that my main limitations are self-imposed. My Financial Independence Journey February 23, , All of which are egregiously expensive to live in. And the bus system was functional on less days than banks are. Complete with excessive drinking and late night parties.
Not squalor, but not living like a respectable adult who has a job to hold down. Money Mustache February 23, , 2: Or you can use your social skills, meet some people you LIKE, and team up for a fantastic living experience. They were all a blast, and finally at the end I felt I had saved enough to afford a non-shared house.
Glad I was still working then. That was my first thought. She is interested in protecting the eggs until the babies are capable of independent life. Economic geography Free trade Gold standard Recessions and recoveries National champions policy Economic liberalism Privatisation Nationalisation. Economy of the United Kingdom. Carlton December 2, , 5: Feb 22, comments Getting Rich:
But I still miss the good times. C February 24, , 3: If you are under 25, I would say it is usually not too much trouble to find good roommates—they are mostly in your age bracket and therefore you seem like a nice, normal person like them. You ultimately are left with less and less room to be choosy. I experienced this myself recently.
I had roommates in my early 20s and finding a place to live and people I got on with was never a problem. Then I lived on my own for a while. Also, I found my BS meter had gotten a lot more sensitive. And, if your roommates are not of a frugal mindset like you are, that can cause issues too i.
Debbie M February 23, , 6: All my roommates except my current one have been college students, but none of them were partiers or binge drinkers. It also helps to have the rule of no TV in the living room except for special occasions. Some have been whiners or kind of boring—I find I spend more time in outside-the-house activities at those times. Others have been great fun. I live in a city of medium expensiveness and therefore crappy mass-transit, but I work at a college and live fairly close to it, so I can take the shuttle in.
I realized I value locational independence car ownership as well as financial independence, for example. And I insist on living in a state with high property taxes I love my college town , so paying off my house was not quite as exciting as it could have been. CarlessInChicago November 16, , 7: I have lived happily carless in Chicago for over 25 years. This city has GREAT public transit, and my life has been easier and much more comfortable without dragging around a lb.
Now, I pay cash for everything, including a lovely condo in a very nice and safe, but distinctly unfashionable far north Chicago neighborhood. I buy used furniture and get beautiful furniture for next to nothing from Craigslist, that I could never afford new. I buy used clothing. I walk a great deal or use public transit, and if I have real need of an auto, I use the car-share services like ZipCars or IGo. I buy used clothing in classic styles and dark colors, and very little of that.
Life is now about enjoying my loved ones and friends, and savoring the beauty of my city and neighborhood. A long walk around here in the spring, enjoying the beauty of the trees and flowers and animals, and the great architecture, is my favorite entertainment. This city is also full of urban amenities available for free or very low cost- the library, the beautiful parks, the beaches, the bike trails. Jen February 23, , 6: I agree, there are deals to be had in major cities, if you know where to look!
Kenoryn February 22, , A fellow government worker! Its a great tax haven that really doesnt ever catch up with you. Deduction rates go down as they are based on you income after the decduction- WIN! I travelled the world for a year rented out my house so i could pay my mortage and im saving a again for a 9 month leave to go on a US road trip and live in the caribbean for the winter to dive. Amanda February 22, , Go to Hulu, sit through one commercial, and then click on the Simplicity Seeker February 22, , I think the most important thing is to avoid debt and lifestyle inflation.
You just have to learn to resist! Do you not get tired of cooking?! I love to cook but I still need a break from the kitchen at least once a week. Money Mustache February 22, , 1: If going out to eat is a big source of your happiness, then I would be curious why that is. We have people over to our house for dinner a lot and are invited to the homes of friends for dinner just as often. Our kids run around and play, we eat, drink, and are merry.
We have interesting discussions, sometimes get tipsy, and often stay up much too late for the kids. It is so much fun. This is what we do instead of going out to eat. This typically happens at least once a week. When you add in a picky eater our son and my gluten-intolerance, eating at home or with friends makes a lot more sense. Plus, MMM makes everything fun around here.
Cooking dinner together usually involves music and many dancing interludes when our son decides he likes a song and turns up the music. HappyFund February 22, , 1: There is a Danish woman and her children who live in a communal house. There were so many families living there that each family was assigned to cook for everyone one day out of the month my memory is cloudy but it was something like that. They all ate together every night. It just looked like a lot of fun. Anyways, your story about dinners and cooking reminded me of that.
On a person ski trip, our group did just that. Teams were assigned cooking and cleaning duties each day. That made eating in a lot of fun.
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Money Mustache February 22, , 5: I really enjoy communal cooking…. TeamRonBurgandy February 22, , 2: My wife and I value going out to eat quite a bit. Neither one of us are great cooks, It gives us a change of scenery, and I personally enjoy the ability to choose something to eat amongst many choices I am a picky eater. I would add that a lot of people who eat out a lot tend to having problems controlling their weight and may have other health issues- so that is another reason to really cut back. This is a concern for us, but my wife and I practice healthy eating when we eat out- and we pick places where we know the menus and can order healthy options that we would have trouble making on our own.
There are enough other areas where we cut that there is still room to live a mustachian lifestyle and indulge in one or two select extravagences if it is important enough to you. MMM has a good idea eating with friends as a source of good entertainment that can get you out of the house. So that makes it tough, but on the other hand, she has a gluten-intolerance, so their friends must be nice enough to accomodate. I think variety is what makes life fun. I love the nights where we all cook together and then play boardgames afterwards. But I love going out and experiencing a great meal without having to clean up afterwards just as much.
Living in NYC is great in that there is an abundance of amazing food from all over the world. From ethnic food trucks to high-end dining, it seems a shame not to experience it when it is just at your doorstep. Yeah, I think it depends on what your goals are. Not only that, but it will usually be better for your health as well.
As you know, we are retired, but choose not to eat out. When I do go eat out, it is way more fun now too. Would I have a crossfit membership if I was struggling with debt? Generally, I will always put health, fitness, and the environment ahead of anything else when making spending decisions. For fitness, I happen to enjoy an expensive sport crossfit , but I also enjoy cheap ones like biking and hiking. Also note, I would not go to crossfit if I had to drive to another town to do it.
I can easily bike there within 5 minutes year round, so that plays a huge role. Everyone is unique, but I do think that the general exercise of going without something is useful to everyone.
Try it and see what happens. It may just change your mind… and your life. Prob8 February 22, , 4: MM — thanks for clarifying how your eating out budget is spent. I think it would be great for more of that sort of detail. Especially when organic items are included. Other ideas might be along the lines of how the family entertained itself for free or dirt cheap in any given month.
Money Mustache February 22, , 6: It may have actually been a bit more than that if you take into account cash purchases or other items that were lumped into our misc category. But yeah, we eat well and healthy and we eat all our meals at home too for the most part — breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
MMM does almost all the grocery shopping, so he works his magic there. Free entertainment is pretty easy: Having a kid will keep you pretty active and entertained too. We hardly ever spend money just to have fun! Rob aka Captain and Mrs Slow February 24, , 2: The key is to prepare a meal ahead of time, throw it in the oven and voila instant meal minimal stress. Today for example we had friends for late lunch, than after they left we popped out to visit some other friends. Since they have 4 kids I picked up some cheap snacks for them, choc covered wafels, terribly unhealthy but oh boy did they make the kids day.
I really appreciate when you stop by and put your own comments in the blog. It gives a different perspective and you include more exact detailed examples, which as mentioned is great. I also understand that food is this couples enjoyment but as stuff changes that might change. I think it would be great if we heard from you more often and even though I already move past some of the older posts you should see if there is any other insight you could add to older ones..
Lina February 22, , 2: I hate cooking although I am pretty good at it. I do it eat at restaurants during vacations and when I am meeting friends. It enables me to eat healthier and gives me more free time during the weeks to focus on training etc. Tara February 22, , 2: I hate eating at restaurants — having to get there, wait around, eat food that is no better than what I can cook at home and often worse, then paying an exorbitant amount.
I much prefer what Mrs. MMM describes — having a fun evening at home with friends in a relaxed atmosphere. What city do you live in?
I live in NYC where it is foodies paradise. Some of the meals I that I have had are impossible to duplicate without hours and hours of effort. Brian February 22, , 3: You sound like you live a little too close to Convenience Land. Years ago, my wife and I lived in a major city and always tried the newest restaurant or went to movies on a regular basis. The town we live in now has nothing to do as far as entertainment goes so we started cooking more at home and reading more. But I will say that I only eat at established restaurants, as I get really upset when I spend good money on bad food.
My husband and I do not goto the movies unless it is a 3D movie like The Avengers. But we only goto the movies about once or at most twice a year. I already cook at home most of the time, but my husband is a bigger foodie than me and as much as he loves my cooking, there are things that I refuse to make at home such anything deep fried for which we have to get at a restaurant. We love living in NYC. We really enjoy going to all the world-class museums for free and have pretty much been every single one multiple times. We love walking and biking though Central Park. And I particularly love spending time at the NYC public library as it is just so grand.
Leigh February 23, , 2: For me, moving out of downtown, but still in the city helped with that. It forces me to think consciously about going out for brunch when I could just make something from scratch! Being out of downtown means that there are grocery stores in that area with restaurants as well, which is awesome!! Being within walking distance of a grocery store makes such a huge difference.
Sir Osis of DeLiver February 23, , 1: Kenoryn March 6, , 1: Eschewing Debt February 22, , 1: Saving or paying off debt- including the mortgage should come first.
Great post, as always, Mr. Jamesqf February 24, , I really never made a conscious decision to save X amount, or Y percentage of salary. I just chose to live a life where most of the stuff I wanted was cheap. I actively wanted to exclude a lot of the expensive stuff, not because it was expensive, but because I wanted to not have it in my life. Matt Semper Fi September 20, , We save money twice per month; initially, when we do our monthly budget what we have left over after funding the needs and a few wants , and again at the end of the month, when we come in under budget in a few areas.
The initial savings and the leftovers go towards paying off the house, which will be paid off by Feb. Then all of that freed up money will go straight into retirement accounts. Amicable Skeptic February 22, , 1: As it turns out, spending much less than you earn this is the way to get rich. I wanted to link this on facebook so I summarized the post even more by filtering down to what I see as the 6 most important sentences. Here it is in case anyone else wants to use it:.
Your current middle-class life is an exploding volcano of wastefulness. As it turns out, spending much less than you earn is the way to get rich. Your attitude determines your lifetime wealth much more than your knowledge of financial nuts and bolts. Rob aka Captain and Mrs Slow February 25, , 7: Gratefull February 25, , 2: Thats no easy feat especially when housing prices are so high. Chris February 22, , 1: This is exactly what this blog needed. Now I can send my friends here instead of overwhelming them with seven different posts.
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