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11/16/13 9:04 P

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Simple does not = frugal.

Sometimes being frugal is downright complicated!

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7/14/11 2:54 A

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I also have netflix right now. one thing I've started doing is borrowing library books and copying off important pages, instead of racking up late fees. it helps so I can go back and read the REALLY good parts, thanx.

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7/10/11 8:58 P

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Living the simple life means living within and sometimes below my means. For example, we got rid of our satellite and got an antenna. We sold our big house and got a much smaller house. We also ordered netflex for entertainment. I try to ask myself the want/need question before I buy something.

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7/10/11 4:55 P

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Living the simple life includes appreciating the beauty of the world around me.

"To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter... to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird's nest or a wildflower in spring - these are some of the rewards of the simple life."
~ ~John Burroughs~~


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7/10/11 7:44 A

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I do get attached to things. I was so upset that a set of drinking glasses got broken. Really just cheap rubbish but i had had them for 50 years. I inherited many books and now they have to go.

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7/9/11 4:25 P

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I understand that. I've been using my iphone for that stuff. I'll take a pic and toss it. I don't need any junk and I can remember a pic just fine. I try not to get too attached to sentimental possessions from the ones I've loves. and i notice I have changed so much since being a teenager. much much different. I do however like to have lots of sewing patterns and cooking books, etc, etc. the things I liek to have are functional things for the house or books for referencing, etc, etc.

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7/9/11 12:24 P

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As i age the meaning of this changes . My things that long ago i thought i could not live without are very much different . trying to tell others what is important to me makes me sound like an old fool . the old things that they the young in our lives would not think important. are suddenly very much so .Now i am the old one .used to be my mother and father now its my hubby and myself . the old ones. a treasured dish or a picture a glimpse of the past .same old song ..love me forever we say . doesnt work .

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7/8/11 5:38 P

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thanx 4 all the input. I am still trying to declutter and simplify my home. its a huge work-in-progress. I got an 18 box filing system. It works great. you can store big bins on top and bankers boxes in the rest. I just actually have to fill them up, lol

the problem I have @ my house is a very loving and dear relative that thinks of all these things to give me that I don't really want. thats my problem. I want to simplify my stuff so bad.

but hey,I'm on my way to getting rid of some old furniture in the house. I'm thinking, organize 1 thing a day. that should help, god willing.

thanx all.

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7/8/11 9:02 A

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I am learning to de-clutter. I am a dreadful hoarder. It is usually fairly orderly, not mess everywhere but I have been there too. I have 3 phones; one excellent but I always hated that phone and couldn't wait to replace it, one I like but the camera doesn't work now and my new one with a touch screen that I can not see to use in daylight.

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7/7/11 9:51 A

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Simple is often not easy because it means to make LOTS of decisions that are different from what our culture suggests. This involves conscious thought rather than putting things on autopilot (which most people do with more than 95% of their life). It is just like exercising more and eating better, changes don't all come overnight but it is one small baby step at a time that will add up over the long haul. We still have a lot of "stuff" stored in and around our house from times when our values were different than they are now that we have not had the time to go through and it still occasionally complicates our lives. But overall it gets a little better every month. We are also trying to pay off the house soon to have that peace of mind...

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7/7/11 9:18 A

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Great question. Here's my short answer.

To me, living simply means deciding what my core values are, and applying all of my resources to things that matter to me the most.

For example, paying off my house was extremely important to me, so I made sacrifices in other areas of my life in order to do that. Now I have peace of mind about not owing on my house. It makes me feel freer, and I can concentrate on other things.

Also, living simply means not worrying too much about what others have. That just seems to clutter the mind.

I love all of the thoughtful responses on this thread. There are such smart people out there!



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6/20/11 3:45 P

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okay. wow. varied answers. me, I like to have books as resources since I sew and crochet and its useful for the house. and for cooking and some health resources that I have. I am actually considering getting some books from teh library and just copying them for personal use, instead of buying hordes of books - all of which I need, lol

I use netflix and amzon instant play for some hard to get tv shows I like. it saves money as we watch LOTS of movies a week. even at the cheaper plans, it still saves sooooooooo much money. so thats how I simplify.

would love to learn how to make my own books or start storing things in small binders or something. anywyas. its nice to hear from others how they do it. I am slowly trying to do that.

thanx bunches.

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6/20/11 2:43 A

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A lot of what I would have said has been mentioned already.

"Simple" means "uncomplicated," which would be defined differently by everyone you ask.

I'm working, and I've found that I have to keep up with more than the minimum of technological advances, whether I want to or not.
One example: I still have a simple, pre-paid cell phone that doesn't do anything more than take calls, but I'm getting more work-related pressure to get one that has Internet access. These things are so prevalent that they've become normal in the workplace.

I don't have cable or broadcast TV, but I use Hulu.com and some other free sites to get entertainment. If I really want to own a movie, I buy it second-hand from Half.com or Amazon.

I think a long time before I buy anything other than necessities. I've found if I wait, there's more of a chance I'll decide not to buy it.
I don't buy the latest gadgets, and I never had the need to get something because "everyone else" has it.

I buy only what I need, and whatever "frivolous" things I buy (books, vinyl records, DVDs -- I collect things like that) are very inexpensive. I like being surrounded by things like that.
I have no intention of whittling down my possessions to a bare minimum because everyone needs some non-necessities that make them happy.

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6/19/11 6:40 P

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A simple life to me means to stay closer to nature whenever possible, in my choice of foods (organic), in my choice of job (homeschooling Mom and animal trainer, place of living (small town), with animals of all kinds, spending lots of time outside with my animals and in the garden. It also means relying on few possessions and giving extras away.
Money is not that important most of the time and spending too much time managing it is not a simple life to me. Enjoying simple joys is.

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6/19/11 6:10 P

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I often have to remind myself of what I have and what I did not have before. The three main things I need are food, shelter and my health. As I get older I realize I don't need all the things I used to think I just had to have.


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6/19/11 5:57 P

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what does a simple life mean to me? well, it means I don't have to have or to do anything because someone else has it or does it. It means thinking for myself and being and having individual preferences and time and money for my priorties, which may not go with the general flow of what the people around me are doing. Nevertheless, I feel happy about my choices. I like to play a game with myself sometimes to see if I can achieve and maintain a certain amount in my bank account, as well as my weight account. Simple means I am practicing not complicating my own life and not allowing others to do it to me either. It is only recently I have been practicing saying "it's not my problem" when drama starts around me, so I can walk away when it's really "not my problem". I used to think I had to help with everything, but I don't. It is actually disrepectful to not allow others to sort things out for themselves if/when they have created the problem to begin with. The exception to this is for the folks who seem to truly be unable to learn from their mistakes. They need prompting to get back on track, but not by me doing something for them that they need to do for theirself. Ever heard the saying "you cannot buy your way out of something you have behaved yourself into"? That is what I am talking about. A simple life is less drama, more money staying in my account, and getting control of what goes in my mouth (as well as what words go out of my mouth).

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6/19/11 4:36 P

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a simple life to me is something I am always 'working on'.
To eliminate the material things, the obligations and responsibilities that are not totally necessary to my daily life. I have not reached that pinnacle yet.. but a job in progress.

I am always trying to find ways to say money and make the best of everything I have however, I am not above spending $$$ on things that make me and my friends and family happy.....(with reservations)



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6/19/11 3:55 P

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I was wondering - what does it mean to you to live the simple life? what is simple living to you? what does it mean to you to be frugal?

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