More people are choosing experiences over things. This shift from “consumers” of stuff to livers of life is a welcome one. Experiences are arguably better for our wellbeing and for our planet. But often those experiences center around going out to eat. Replacing shopping with eating as entertainment comes with its own costs, both financial and to our health.
It seems that everyone thinks s/he is middle class. How do I know whether I am considered middle class? What is middle class anyway? How much do I need to earn to break into upper-middle or wealthy? And will earning more money make me happier?
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My family does not buy me presents for Mother’s Day, birthdays, or any days. I don’t care about cell phones, bags, or jewlery. I don’t want cut, dying flowers or a card from a store. There are many things I want and love, but they can’t be found in stores. So what are my most valued possessions?
My husband and I were talking about taking a road trip. He commented to me “What are you going to eat? You’ll be sick of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches before we leave the state.” Because we rarely go out to eat, he’s excited about stopping at fast food restaurants along our journey. Now that I’m eating a vegetarian diet, my options are limited. But there are some good vegetarian fast food meals.
Do you feel shackled to your job? Every time I hear someone say “if it wasn’t for the money, I wouldn’t be here” my heart sinks. Sure, every job is stressful. But it’s sad to see people working jobs they hate to afford a lifestyle that they think will make them happy. When in reality, they are miserable. So how do we break free from the golden handcuffs?
The $60 billion dollar weight loss industry has taken a hit as more people pass on diet products and instead choose to eat healthier foods. Forget pills, gym memberships, or diet foods. I lost 20 pounds (and gained flat abs and firm thighs) through simple yet powerful lifestyle changes. And it didn’t cost me a cent. In fact, I saved money. So how did I lose 20 pounds in 15 weeks?
It’s always something. Last month our refrigerator died, the month before that it was car troubles. This month neighbors started complaining, so we finally had to rescreen our lanai. Here’s a look into my family’s April 2019 expenses and how a family with 5 people live off one middle-class income.
From a young age it was clear that I could never be in sales or advertising. Yes, I am fascinated by the marketing tricks that get people to buy things, but only so I can avoid falling for them. While I want to save money, I also want to help other people save. This is probably why I don’t resell, I donate.