The Key To Decluttering

The Key To Decluttering

I read a tweet the other day that said “decluttering is as simple as picking up each item, and making one of the following choices”. It linked to a blog post showing six different options for what you could do with the item. Sigh. The problem has never...
Others’ Excess Is Not Your Problem

Others’ Excess Is Not Your Problem

A reader raised a fantastic point a ways back. She has a kid, and she has family members that want to help by offering some clothes so she doesn’t have to spend a bunch of money. This comment speaks perfectly to the desire to be frugal and accept the help, while...
Consumerism – Stepping Out Of The River

Consumerism – Stepping Out Of The River

Most people have a positively elephantine amount of possessions. All you have to do is look at the increasing size of homes and the unending construction of more and more “mini-storage” units to see that there’s a problem. Now add to that the fact...
Minimalism & Sunk Costs

Minimalism & Sunk Costs

“But I paid $1000 for that!” This is the sound of frustration, as yet another consumer (we’ll call him Joe) learns a very hard, yet very valuable lesson. ┬áLet’s look at how he got here. An Illustration Joe spent $1000 on a piece of exercise...
The Myth Of The New Year

The Myth Of The New Year

Everybody makes a big hoopla about January 1st. Parties are thrown, television specials are aired, people talk about what’s past and what’s to come, and they make resolutions – fantastical promises of what they’re going to accomplish in the...