세모가 되면 늘 겪는 일상 중의 하나가 ‘새해계획’이다.
새해는 좀 검소하게, 비물질적으로, 정서적으로 살면 어떨까~
검소하게 사는 방법에 대한 기사 하나를 건져서 읽어본다.
기사에 나온 팁팁팁~
- Live Without a Car. A car is a giant money suck. There’s no ifs, ands, or buts about it, if you’re working minimum wage, your car is killing you. Ditch the car – get whatever cash you can from it. Then choose a place to live where you can get to work by foot or by bicycle. In a small town, it’s pretty easy to reach any other place in the town (and many places in the nearby countryside) on foot or by bicycle, and it’s something that people often do to cut corners.
- Find the free stuff. In towns of any size, there are resources available for the impoverished, from free dinners at churches to food giveaways to soup kitchens. Look around for the free stuff and use it – it’s there for everyone to utilize. When you must spend money, be as frugal as possible. Ramen is very cheap, filling, and full of carbs, for example.
- Be Humble. Pride often keeps people from walking into a soup kitchen. Don’t let it. That kind of pride is an obstacle ground into you by a life in a consumerist society. People who are there to help you want to help you stand on your own two feet – give them that opportunity. Look for every opportunity to help you with your situation, from consulting to WIC to Medicaid to welfare. If you don’t know where to start, start off by asking a pastor or a clergyman for help.
- Minimize your required commitments. Repaying debts? Call the creditors and explain your situation and ask for an abatement. This won’t get rid of your debt, but it can minimize your requirements for the time being. If you have children that you simply can’t support, look for opportunities to help you with that burden – your family is a great place to start, for example. Don’t saddle yourself with burdens heavier than you can carry or you’ll do nothing but collapse. You don’t become strong by carrying 500 pounds of weight on your back – you become strong by learning how to carry ten pounds, then adding more as you go along.
- Take every side opportunity you can. There are all sorts of little opportunities to make more money if you pay attention. Doing things like helping someone shingle a roof for $10 an hour cash is an opportunity you can’t let pass by. Free meals? Take them. Twenty bucks for helping an old man clean out his garage? Do it. Ask around for odd jobs and other small-scale moneymaking opportunities – perhaps even get started on your own “handyman” business.
- Minimize your possessions. There are a lot of reasons for doing this. The biggest one is that the more stuff you have, the more money you’ve wasted. Also, fewer possessions mean that you need less room to live. If all of your worldly possessions (clothes included) fit in a single Rubbermaid tub – that’ll make it extremely easy to actually live in someone’s living room for a while, if you need to. Sell items you don’t need. Amazon is a great place to post your items for free: you don’t pay anything to list your items, but Amazon will take a commission (about 15% of the sale price, plus $2.34) from whatever you make on your item.
- Better yourself. Even if you aren’t in a place to make more money just yet, learning a new skill ormeeting new people only increases your chances to be ready when the opportunity comes.
- Try to save as much money as possible. Rethink all your purchases: Do I really need this? Could I possibly get it at a better price? Could I possibly use something else instead that costs less? Buy what you need, not what you want.
- Simplify your life. You will be a much happier person.
- Grow your own food. You can grow a significant portion of your food, condiments, and healing herbs yourself very cheaply and for a few hours work a week. If you don’t have a backyard, many areas have garden allotments available for those who sign up. You can even grow food in containers, on the floor, in window boxes, in hanging baskets, and in ‘window farms’. Common seeds are cheap. Or, take home and plant such items as potatoes and herbs from the natural foods supermarket. Many will grow quite well at home because they don’t have growth inhibiting chemical additives.
- Discuss your money-saving strategies with your significant other and be sure he or she agrees and is willing to do the same things you do. Money difficulties can be one of the biggest stressors in a relationship, so it is best to work together.