Living the good life on little money

I like Katherine Martinko of Tree Hugger. She’s done it again for me, with an essay about how to live on very little money.

My wife and I have been living 17 of her 20 recommendations. However, our motivation has not been to reduce our costs per se, but to cause minimal damage to our world. Every dollar you spend, on just about anything, supports the multinationals who wreck everything. The enemy is the economy, and by spending less, we can reduce our contribution to it.

Also, Katherine doesn’t mention a major side-benefit: letting go of wanting is the route to contentment. All the major religions say so.

All this is explained in How to change the world.

About Dr Bob Rich

I am a professional grandfather. My main motivation is to transform society to create a sustainable world in which my grandchildren and their grandchildren in perpetuity can have a life, and a life worth living. This means reversing environmental idiocy that's now threatening us with extinction, and replacing culture of greed and conflict with one of compassion and cooperation.
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3 Responses to Living the good life on little money

  1. Jim says:

    Contentment is an internal attitude, not an external acquisition. Thank you Bob, if only more would adopt your view. I liked point 20 in your reference – frugal people are less stressed. Our society just seems to want more and more stress in the name of growth. Probably more to do with a view of growth as a lineal progression that is the basis of modern western culture. We need more of a cyclical view, I believe, one based on the natural cycles of earth and life. I enjoy reading your work.

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