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Human beings will be happier - not when they cure cancer or get to Mars or eliminate racial prejudice or flush Lake Erie but when they find ways to inhabit primitive communities again. That's my utopia.
~Kurt Vonnegut
Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Rollercoaster Rebellion

There are many reasons for not allowing yourself to ride the holiday (or anyday) rollercoaster of debt. A little over a year ago I wrote 'Marketing Coolness'. Now it seems that I wasn't that far off. Liberals painted as heathens for not spending money, imagine that!
I rode that rollercoaster once and did not enjoy the ride. I have much more fun living within my means, being debt free and reducing my footprint on this planet by living light. It's a satisfying rebellion.

Buying Used Just Could Turn Out to be the Next New Thing.

Why trudge up that track wondering what you are going to buy for someone who has everything? They really don't want it, whatever it is. I don't have everything, but I don't want it. Sliding down the track of realization that you just spent needlessly is simply not thrilling. I often spend months deciding if what I'm considering purchasing is a need or a want. I find I just don't need much.

I don't want to be a woman in red, although these Women in Red wear the color well. They are models who are disembarking from their ride of horrors and share tips for getting your own feet on the ground.
Contrary to popular misconception, thrift and tightwaddery are not about deprivation and poverty. They are about living within your means and making the most of the money you have. Sure, your neighbors might not be great fans of your lifestyle, and your family may ask "what's wrong with you" but that's okay. What's "wrong" is that you have little or no debt, fully-paid bills, 0% interest on your credit cards, money in the bank and food and other supplies well stocked for your needs. Sounds pretty nice, doesn't it? Okay, okay, idealism aside, having to tightwad isn't much fun, but being able to do it well can be a source of honest pride. And there are some shifts in your thinking that can make it a lot easier to stick to.

I love Evelyn's thoughts here:
... I examined the word "broke" turning it like a river-smoothed stone (as in: "I'm broke"). At last I got to the crux in my journal:

I say, "I'm tired of being broke!" But have I asked myself: "Are you willing and ready to be whole?"
The context of her post was related to the fact that she was allowing herslf to spend a little extravagantly on food. Sometimes being broke is part of being whole.

We live in an Economy Driven by Debt.


Rollercoasters belong at a carnival, however, sometimes you'll find the Carnivals come to the rollercoasters instead. Another satisfying rebellion.
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