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Old 03-05-2024, 05:26 PM
 
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I wasn't implying that you have unlimited funds, lol, but it sounds like it's "the state of the world" disinclining you to travel. Thanks for explaining.
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Old 03-05-2024, 05:37 PM
 
Location: Prepperland
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Single guy here and all I do is save money. I'm frugal but also don't even find things I want to spend money on. I don't care about cars. I don't go out and drink at bars anymore. I have everything I want for my house. I don't buy clothes. My hobbies are cheap or free. Is this normal?
Ah hah, a self-declared enemy of the Consumptionistas. The madhouse of eCONomics is based on mass consumption of ephemeral goods and services, enriching all who can "skim" from it.
Frugalists make them weep, wail and gnash their teeth.
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Old 03-08-2024, 03:23 PM
 
Location: Northern California
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Ah hah, a self-declared enemy of the Consumptionistas. The madhouse of eCONomics is based on mass consumption of ephemeral goods and services, enriching all who can "skim" from it.
Frugalists make them weep, wail and gnash their teeth.
Is "frugalism" a word? If not, let's coin it now.

Imagine, if frugalism got widely adopted, a lot of the advertising business would be out of business...
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Old 03-08-2024, 04:15 PM
 
Location: on the wind
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Nope, we have been to 39 states and Canada (BC, Ontario, and Quebec); and I have no desire to travel anywhere else due to the state the world is in now. Also, just to clear this up, we do NOT have "unlimited" funds, but we would be able to do ONE fairly luxurious things if we chose to do that.
I traveled a lot during my career and not just to worksites. I also had the good fortune to live and work in some amazing places other people go to for their vacations. Of course, the world is full of amazing things, but there are only one or two places I'd love to visit in person. They are all extremely remote, unspoiled, and "exotic". Unfortunately, because they are, they're fragile. There are costs other than financial involved. I can't ignore the environmental cost they incur by hosting me. I start considering the energy costs, the pollution, carbon debt, and disturbance that will result and just can't. I don't need to snap my own photos to validate anything or brag "I was there!". I find myself satisfied to learn about and enjoy them vicariously through the films, photos, books and lectures of others.
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Old 03-08-2024, 04:21 PM
 
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Is "frugalism" a word? If not, let's coin it now.

Imagine, if frugalism got widely adopted, a lot of the advertising business would be out of business...
And even though I can't stand contemporary ads—-who would deal with the mass unemployment?
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Old 03-08-2024, 06:51 PM
 
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Is "frugalism" a word? If not, let's coin it now.
Frugality?

I once spent some time reading through a self-sufficiency blog about a family who named themselves "The Frugalwoods".

I like it! I usually refer to myself as a frugalton or a frugalwood.

Looking at the thread title again "...Who doesn't know what to spend money on?"
How about...nothing? Our society is so geared toward SPEND SPEND SPEND it's often overlooked that you simply don't have to do that at all. I often go for weeks without buying anything beyond life necessities like food. I keep a running list of things I'm on the lookout for, say a certain book or some fabric for a craft project. I don't absolutely need them right now, and eventually I'll find what I'm looking for when I'm not expecting it, like a random yard sale or clearance rack.

Part of being frugal is being content with delayed gratification.
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Old 03-08-2024, 11:29 PM
 
Location: Northern California
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Is "frugalism" a word? If not, let's coin it now.
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Frugality?
I had in mind a slightly-different connotation --
Frugality is the practice of being frugal in one's own life.
Frugalism would be the advocacy of frugality for society
(for the sake of the planet, and for peoples' peace of mind).
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Old 03-09-2024, 06:04 PM
 
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Frugalism will happen naturally when/if the system as we know it collapses entirely. Personally, I think it would be a good thing for society, like a wake up call.
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Old 03-09-2024, 06:27 PM
 
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....include me out of your 'plans.'
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Old 03-09-2024, 06:53 PM
 
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....include me out of your 'plans.'
Whose 'plans'? Mine? People, and namely rabid consumers, are doing it to themselves. I've personally opted out of the game.
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