Debt Elimination and Lifestyle Change: A community blog

Linda Chavey writes about how to change your lifestyle habits in order to eliminate debt.

The thinking box...

Written by Linda Chavey, Community blogger | Sep 16, 2013 10:30 PM

As I sit here pondering life and all its meaning, I start to wonder why people collect "things". 

I have found that collecting "things" or "stuff" can lead to high levels of stress. Questions run through my mind about mindless amounts of stuff like: Where to put all these "things";  buying a bigger house to manage, organize, and store all these "things"; stock-piling bills to pay for these "things"; spending needed dollars on "things" when the money would be much better spent invested for retirement. 

This certainly isn't a revelation for me; it is just a thought that entered my mind while wondering why I have "things". 

So, the moral to this short story is: 

Reduce, reuse, sell, get rid of, simplify, and change of lifestyle will greatly improve a person's quality of life. After all, who wants to go to work and spend several hours working just to buy a Vera Bradley purse. Thinking about that idea, take what you earn per hour (on the average); minus your taxes and get the net hourly rate. Multiply out for a purchase that you really think you want. Are you willing to work that many hours just to have that item? Chances are, in my head, the answer is no. 

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