Minimalist Living - The Conserver Lifestyle

Security doesn't come from having more but from needing less. "Because we lack a divine Center, our need for security has led us into an insane attachment to things. We really must understand that the lust for affluence in contemporary society is psychotic. It is psychotic because it has completely lost touch with reality. We crave things we neither need nor enjoy. 'We buy things we do not want to impress people we do not like'. Where planned obsolescence leaves off, psychological obsolescence takes over. We are made to feel ashamed to wear clothes or drive cars until they are worn out. The mass media have convinced us that to be out of step with fashion is to be out of step with reality. It is time we awaken to the fact that conformity to a sick society is to be sick. Until we see how unbalanced our culture has become at this point, we will not be able to deal with the mammon spirit within ourselves nor will we desire Christian simplicity."
― Richard J. Foster, Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth

"a man there was, though some did count him mad, the more he cast away the more he had." ― John Bunyan, The Pilgrim's Progress

Read My Story

Job, Money, Status, Stuff . . . the American Dream? The American nightmare! The more I have, the more I want, the more things breakdown, the more stress to replace them and get more.

How does it end? An unfullfilled life (and death) or with removing those "things" that satisfy so little.

The older I get, the less I need, and the more I realize how my possessions have become more burdensome than comforting. The more I have, the more I have to lose. I am a slave to my stuff. The more money I make, the more stress I have and more fearful of losing what I have strived so hard to accumulate. "The one with the most toys wins" is a favorite saying for the one who seeks stuff to make them think they are happy. A movie called "LESS: Losing is Everything" helps to make the point that "when you change the way you look at things, the things you look at will change" and will gain a new-found sense of freedom.

Needs vs. Wants: NEEDS are basic (not fancy) things we must have to survive like air, water, food, shelter and clothing. WANTS are luxuries; things I can live without like TV, car, jewelry; things we would like to have simply to enjoy. I ask myself the question "do I NEED this or do I WANT it?" Is it a necessity for my health or to perform a task, or is it something I want, just because? I have found that most of what I thought I needed, is simply something I wanted and could have done without and saved money, space and the aggrivation to get it. Later, I find those wants have lost the alure that sucked me in to buying them, and now I just want to get rid of the financial burden, or inconvenience, they cause.

I encourage seeking simplicity. The more I have, the more I have to lose and greater will be the pain when it's gone.

Things I Have Learned:
Consider a Disciplined Pursuit of Less: Not just haphazardly saying no, but purposefully, deliberately, and strategically eliminating the nonessentials. Not just once a year as part of a planning meeting, but constantly reducing, focusing, and simplifying. Not just getting rid of the obvious time wasters, but being willing to say NO to really terrific opportunities as well. Ask "What is essential?" and eliminate the rest. Everything changes when we give ourselves permission to eliminate the nonessentials. At once, we have the key to unlock the next level of our lives. Few appear to have the courage to live this principle, which may be why it differentiates successful people and organizations from the very successful ones.

Too many of us trade our happiness and well-being for the reliability of a steady paycheck. We work long hours at jobs we dislike or find unfulfilling so that we can buy a lot of stuff that never really seems to satisfy us. And when that paycheck turns out to be not so reliable, we panic. Unemployment terrifies us. Is there any way out of this dilemma? Charles Long reveals one possibility -- the Conserver Lifestyle. . . . Security doesn't come from having more but from needing less.
Books on Frugal Living

Is Simple Living For You? If you've ever thought of simplifying your life, there are likely many things that you haven't considered and a few that you have. You may picture it as easy and something that is far more fun and exciting than the life that you’re currently living. Be as it may, there are still some things that you'll want to ask yourself before you embark on this journey. Answering these questions may help reveal the truth.

Suggested Resources: (You are not alone)
100 Great Tips to Save Money
Unnecessary Wastes of Money We Don't Think About
Living on a Dime
Frugalwoods
The Frugal Life
The Prudent Homemaker
The Frugal Girl
$100 a Month
Surviving & Thriving
The Peaceful Mom
The Frugal Navy Wife
Money Saving Mom
Wise Bread
How to Live Without a Salary
How to Make a Living Without a Job
Is Simple Living For You?
Spending Plans/Budgets
You Can Do This
The Dollar Store is My Friend
Killing Electrical Vampires
18 Tips for Enjoying a Frugal Lifestyle
LESS: Losing is Everything (the movie on TUBITV.COM)
Minimalist Living