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Very interesting. As you know, money is a big issue in my life. Strangely, I’m not materialistic at all. I make fun of my husband for being “the poster child for consumerism” since he totally buys into “needing” the next big thing (usually some kind of computer, in his case). I never want things. In fact, I get stressed out by clutter. However, I hoard money, thinking I’m saving it for the day when I do want something. This “something” is ever-mysterious and, when I think about it, I don’t think there will ever be a “something.” I’ve always been a saver, preparing for some catastrophe, not just a rainy day, but a tragic, torrential downpour. To me, money is safety, though I know this is not true at all, logically. I tend to buy into illusions of security since I know an actual guarantee is impossible to obtain. Letting go, accepting that life is largely out of my control, has helped me free up myself to actually enjoy the money I earn. I still struggle with it quite a bit though.

Alisa Bowman

I agree. We’ve been on a really tight budget lately. Other than the worry of not being able to pay certain bills, the lack of money has actually allowed me to be happier. My life is simpler. There are fewer decisions. I don’t have to agonize over whether or not I’m going to buy something and then feel guilty about it later. Nope. Not getting it because I HAVE ZERO DOLLARS IN MY WALLET. It’s very liberating. And my life actually feels a ton more abundant.

Kerri Fivecoat-Campbell

As you know, we downsized our lives by moving from an 1,100 square foot home to 480 square foot. What we didn’t get then is that we should also downsize our debt. Less debt means less work, which means actually have time to enjoy the life we have here on a lake in the mountains. We’ve done it a bit backwards, but we’re trying to develop a new relationship with money and debt now.


Since I’m no longer working a regular full-time job, we’re learning to do more with less. That means longer waits between grocery tips, using up what’s in the pantry and refrigerator, finding fun things to do at home instead of going to the bookstore or the dollar store. Like Alisa said, when you don’t have it to spend, you don’t have to make that decision then feel guilty.

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