A reader recently emailed me with her story of conquering debt and simplifying.
Over a year ago she and her husband were mulling over all the extras they would buy and do with an upcoming increase in income. It was regular stuff, stuff that I know well: renovations and vacations.
Then they found Dave Ramsey and this blog.
It changed everything.
Instead of buying more they took a step back and started giving things away. Instead of upgrading they made do, and enjoyed, all the things they already had.
They quickly paid off a big chunk of debt. Now they’re tackling their mortgage.
I love reading these stories from people that have decided to live differently.
Not move to a commune different or sell the house and buy an RV to travel the country different.
Just different from what their peers or their family or the spring ‘must-haves’ list from Lucky magazine are telling them is the normal way to live.
Spend less. Have less. Do more.
I’ve collected a little shout out list below of people deciding to live different.
Rachel’s Shout Out List
Little Green Village Made $946 in April turning clutter into cash.
The Minimalist Year Donated a car load of stuff including dozens of mini muffin cups for the mini muffin pan she never owned.
Rethinking The Dream Sold their big house and moved into a two bedroom apartment. Now they’re able to travel more and have more family time with a shorter commute.
Not Buying Anything Pony Rider sent me to this blog (thanks!). Radical living without buying anything except groceries and guitar strings and not selling anything. We’re not aiming for this style of living but I applaud their efforts.
las maison des minous is biking more and driving less.
Stacy is getting the word out about cycling as a family and all the great benefits to living car-lite.
Momma Jorje has been running Minimalist Monday since October. If you’re a blogger you can grab the Minimalist Monday badge and make it part of your weekly posting schedule.
Hugs and Strawberries ran Project Simplify in March. Great before and after photos.
Mama Loves Life is cutting her living space in half. This will allow her a lot of freedom financially. Bonus: less to clean.
Green Veggies is getting rid of things they don’t use. Love that they got rid of socks, not because there were holes in them, but because they just had too many.
Anyone else making small changes?