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Itís All Downhill from Here

September 2nd, 2006 at 01:29 am

Iím officially in the second half of my Minimum Wage Challenge. A voluntary belt tightening to live on less than half my net income; California minimum wage less taxes, for a total of $1073 a month. This is a three paycheck month for me in my real life, and in October I get another raise, so I could be living large. But Iíll be working at getting my Challenge Savings and Challenge Emergency fund back up there by trying to spend less than $25 a month in entertainment!

Someone asked me today why Iím doing this. I only had a second to respond, I couldnít go into the whole ďitís increased my gratitudeĒ spiel that I wrote about in April. I simply replied ďitís an extraordinarily cost effective hobby.Ē

Hullo to my folks out there in Nicaragua! May your internet cafes be excellent! As goofy as it is, my folks read my blog and I think itís very sweet. Even though the focus is primarily on frugality, for me frugality is a way of life that increases independence, gratitude, skills, and attitude, so my financial journaling can be personal in some ways and a fair enough way to keep up with a daughter that lives 2700 miles away. Feeling that life is abundant is really about more than knowing that I have food in the cupboard and money in my account. Many families in central and south America would see my life as very rich; endless water, hot and cold; many different outfits; seven rooms for 2 people; groceries stores filled to the brim.

Tomorrow may be the first canning of the season. Since we are eating store bought jam I canít wait to get some of the good stuff put up.

4 Responses to “Itís All Downhill from Here”

  1. LuxLiving Says:

    Half way there - PLUM-tastic!!

  2. meaghanchan Says:

    I just wanted to let you know I've really enjoyed your posts in the savingsadvice forums and that I look forward to reading your blog from time to time. Your minimum wage challenge is very interesting- I wonder if I would stand a chance doing the same kind of thing? Definitely makes you think, if nothing else.

  3. LuckyRobin Says:

    Oh, I love your "It's an extremely cost-effective hobby," statement. Priceless answer.

  4. annab Says:

    I can't begin to explain how much your blog helps and inspires me.

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