I used to love personal finance blogs, back in the day when they were really just taking off. Then I stopped reading them because we had no money, and all of the suggestions were ridiculous since I was already forced into a far more austere life than even the most frugal of bloggers dared to write of.
It was apparent that the wounds of deprivation were healed not when we celebrated my new job with a frivolous dinner out (veggie burgers for a total bill of $5.something-or-other) but when I started adding money blogs back into my regular reading.
I quickly found that many great blogs were established in my time hiding from all talk about finances. One of my favorites is Mr. Money Mustache (warning: profanity) and I really, really like his wife’s posts and comments.
For instance, she considers the issue of makeup not primarily from a feminist or religious perspective, but rather as a financial question of prioritization. In response to a one objection she writes:
If you want to stay home with your kids, for example, as I did, then every single dollar counts until you get there. You really strip down and go into uber-frugal mode because the goal is such an important one. Every single dollar that is spent is taking you away from your goal. That goal is a very powerful thing if it’s something that you really care about, as it was for me.
I love that!
These sorts of comments are exceedingly frustrating when you are considering a dream over which you have no control, but it is incredibly helpful for me to think about when I do have any sort of income.
You see, I dream of a better world. And that means that even if I cannot see one particular dream fulfilled, I can still work for other goals–other hopes.
I find frugality incredibly rewarding because it is an active assertion that there is something better out there than immediate gratification or materialism.
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