One of the bloggers I follow is J.D. at Get Rich Slowly. His overall aim is building personal wealth, which is nice, but not in my 12-month plan. I do like his philosophy of frugality, though, and I use it to remind myself that it's not a ridiculous concept.
The post I linked resonated with me. Annie and I are lucky, because we live in a community and have personal community that supports and embraces simplicity. Still, I felt bad for this guy who is swimming upstream against a river of want. I responded, and am posting the response below, not because it's a great comment but because it's really how I feel. And, I don't want to have to write real twice.
Ditto to all this. We shut off our satellite and gave our TV away years ago. Before very long, we realized that neither of us wanted nearly as much stuff as we once had. Rob's co-workers are buying the hype, and their TV-advertising habits just feed the hysteria. We still watch what we want, but on Hulu or on-demand with the minimum Netflix subscription. Or we actually wait for the DVD to be released. Sometimes we read books in the evening, or read to each other.
Because we "live big, spend small," our finances weren't devastated when I was laid off, nor were they crushed when, three years previously, I had decided to work only part-time. Now, we are both in a position to try something completely new with our lives - live a dream - because we didn't need expensive toys or an oversized house.
I think the hardest part may be the low blows about "depriving" the family; it would be for me. Plus, kids always think they'll be happier if they can watch all the TV their eyes can suck in. SO not true. Rob should keep in mind that his kids will remember the time they all spent together. They will grow to be people who know how to be with other people in a satisfying way. They will have social skills. They will learn to be happy people, and that's just not something you can buy for a kid.