The Less You Have the Better

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“The Less You Have = The Less Stuff You Crave = The Less Money You Need to Live”

I’ve been thinking a lot about how much my little family consumes quite a bit lately since doing The Minimalist Challenge, and from clearing so much out. (Well, I always try to keep it on the top of my mind but you know, life stuff happens and wiggles in, and sometimes it moves lower on the list of priorities than I would like it to.)

I started thinking about it like this, the less stuff you have = the less stuff you crave = the less money you need to live. I think the key is to fill the time up with other things than shopping and consuming so keep yourself BUSY! Check out 56 Things to do Instead of Spending Money for some ideas.

Start with clearing out, being grateful for what you have, and continue that cycle so you need less money to live on. Then, you don’t have to be stuck doing a job you hate to be able to afford all the crap you don’t really need.

 

What do you think? Do you find that you crave less when you keep things simple and then throw a dose of gratefulness into the mix?

**Post update: I removed the graphic so I can fix the mistake in it! D’oh. Thanks to Angela for pointing it out on Facebook! Fixed it:)

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  1. April Schroeder

    Could not possibly agree more. I have found that it is a domino effect in both directions, if you let your guard down and start accepting “stuff” into your life, it manages to grow and take your contentness (is that a word?) with it!

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  2. Whitney

    I am very interest in living more simply. The trouble I’m having is actually finding things to do instead of going out and buying stuff. We’ve been so conditioned to get the bigger, better “thing” that it’s difficult to change. It’s a goal of mine to be more content without having to buy the latest craze.

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    1. Anna Newell Jones Post author

      Hey Whitney, I am so there with you. It is tough. I’ve been fighting the urge to buy black Birkenstocks all summer. I keep telling myself, “Uh. No. They are wayyyy too expensive. They make your feet look even wider than they are. And, Hello! You won’t even want to wear them next summer!” Lol. Yeah. I hear ya, girl.

      Maybe this post can help with giving you ideas about things to do instead of spending money: https://andthenwesaved.com//things-to-do-instead-of-spending-money/

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  3. Susan in QUito

    Being frugal is a powerful value — transforming lives. When you are frugal, you enjoy each day, live one day at a time, stay centered and have a life of the spirit.. It is TOUGH to do this in the materialistic U.S. or Western Europe. Being frugal has to do with a way of life –making thoughtful choices and simply living richly with less. I could go on and on… Thanks SBS

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  4. Elayna

    I don’t know I might be the odd one out but I guess when I go into ultra frugal mode I feel deprived and starved sometimes and then that leads to wanting more…I wish it wasn’t true.

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    1. Anna Newell Jones Post author

      I think that happens to a lot of people. It happened to me when I first started the Spending Fast. I found that the key is to keep going despite feeling deprived. The beginning (of anything!) is when all your habits are getting changed, so that makes it is BY FAR the most difficult part of the lifestyle change. It gets easier and easier as time goes on.

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  5. Anne @MoneyPropeller

    I find that I crave less when I put myself in a position where I really don’t need stuff, like going on a road trip or backpacking, etc. Then, I am always amazed at how little I can survive with.

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  6. Athena

    It’s so true. The less stuff you own and want leaves resources and time to pursue things you really love and experiences you’ve been dying to have.

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  7. Liz

    Ive just started to get our of debt i never realised that day would come where i had no more available credit but still wanted that new bag. That we were working just to pay the minimum on cards ect. I have enough stuff but have no money to go out and wear the clothes bags and shoes i got into debt buying.
    Ive just started a blog to document my debt would be nice if anyone wanted to have a look and comment :) thanks

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