You Don’t Need That Much Money

Baker from Man vs. Debt, recently wrote  a blog post “26 Life Lessons I’ve Learned in 26 Years Of Living.” I loved this post from him. A few points stood out to me and a few weren’t relevant to me at all, but overall I really appreciated the lessons her has learned. My favorite was this:

You don’t need nearly as much money as you think you do. Another revelation that has come into my life in the past year or so.  You really *need* far, far less that what you think.  There are single people who travel and live on $5,000 a year.  There are families of 5 that eat on $100/month.  As a culture, we absolutely squander.  I know Courtney and I do.  It’s that straightforward.”

Ah, yes. So true. I’m currently trying to convince myself of this because I’m making less money. I tried to live like I had more money when I made less and that didn’t work out. So I’m trying to accept that I really just don’t need that much money to live. I mean, things can be expensive, but the overall lifestyle I choose can be relatively inexpensive. I can get by on much less than I originally thought.  I can’t live on five grand a year since I’m not traveling, but I could most definitely make it on just $12,000. Easy. I think I’m going to start scaling back what I want and start trying to learn that I can live on less and that I don’t need so much money. Thanks for Baker for that lesson.

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