While I may do much of the heavy lifting around here and I'm pretty frugal myself, my especially independent and frugal German mother Beate see images below is the source of most of my money-saving inspirations and ideas you'll find throughout this website. I will be documenting much more of mine and my mother's vintage know-how and thrifty household wisdom - such as our strategies for frugal meal planning, low-cost recipes, prudent grocery shopping techniques, and frugal gardening tips. I hope you'll add some of your own wisdom too. Comments can be added at the bottom of every page.
This gives me more time, less stress, and a more genuine appreciation for the small wonders of my daily routine. I save tons of money in the process. Simply Buy More Stuff!
Spending money will solve all your troubles! For example, car ownership. FW hiking our land But there are countless other examples where buying more only serves to further complicate life.
Corporations and advertisements do not encourage doing without… ever. To do without is to deprive oneself and to submit oneself to unnecessary hardships. But I challenge you to question that common assumption. Will your life really be easier if you take on a car loan? Or will you just have more debt to pay down and more liabilities.
Will your life really be easier if you own 15 sets of sheets? Or will you just have to wash, fold, and find a place to store all of those linens. Simplicity is not bad. The more we own, the more we have to take care of. This holds true for our possessions as well as the size of our home.
In the early days of our marriagewhen Mr. It took us only a few hours to clean the entire place—one bedroom, one bathroom, a kitchen and a living room.
And yet, all of our needs were met.
Although my life is radically different now—namely, that we have a child and a dog and I have no desire to live in a tiny apartment at present—there was a level of ease involved in the simplicity of small.
Our Cambridge home pre-baby! Our culture is designed around the idea that we should continually own more. Question the notion that owning more equals a better life. Militating against your current stage of life is exhausting and expensive. FW and I are still relatively new parents—Babywoods is only 14 months old—fully embracing this change in our circumstances has made our lives vastly easier.
Babywoods can access her toys and books by herself, cruise around the furniture, and play independently with us nearby. The result is that, while these main rooms are sparse on the furniture and a bit heavy on the toys, our lives are less stressful. Since Babywoods is wholly safe and happy in her play environment, we can keep an eye on her while we do the laundry, clean the kitchen, cook, and write.
Babywoods has the benefit of learning from independent play and Mr. When she needs a parent for a hug or to read a book? When I was single, I just wanted to be married. When I lived in the cityI just wanted to move to the country.
As a recovering Type A perfectionistthis does not come to me easily.I recently read a book titled Leveraging your Financial Intelligence at the Intersection of Money, Health, and Happiness..
And while being a worthwhile read overall, a few of its topics and exercises have really stuck with me, even weeks later. Can popping a vitamin pill help cure mental health problems? For people who lack vitamin B and show symptoms of mental illness as a result, this may be the case. Two professors combine their fascinating and cutting-edge research in behavioral science to explain how money can buy happiness—if you follow five core principles of smart spending.
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Children can be a tremendous source of joy and fulfillment, but their day-to-day care is quite demanding and can increase stress, financial pressures, and marital strife. Can money buy happiness? researchers at the US’s National Institute of Health demonstrated a link between charitable giving and activation in the part of the brain associated with.
Happiness comes from a combination of internal and external factors. We can influence it somewhat by approaching situations positively or choosing to spend time with people we love, doing activities we enjoy. Can money buy happiness? researchers at the US’s National Institute of Health demonstrated a link between charitable giving and activation in the part of the brain associated with. The principles of Bhutan’s gross national happiness system are spelled out for pupils at a secondary school in Paro, a largely agricultural region.