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Much Ado About Nothing

August 2nd, 2006 at 08:41 pm

Itís Day Two of Month Six of my Minimum Wage Challenge. And my inner voice keeps whispering, ďwho caresÖ.who caresÖ.time wastedÖ..Ē What will I have if I succeed in my year? I know, I know, Iíll have a full appreciation, a lot of gratitude, a healthy savings account. But Iím in the mode where Iím thinking that itís just pretty silly.

Itís not that Iím wanting to spend and canít. Really. Itís just the little kid in me feeling bumptious. Iíll get over this feeling, and go back to feeling brave and wise and grateful and complete. Knowing that Enough is Enough, and Money is a Tool not a Goal.

12 Responses to “Much Ado About Nothing”

  1. Bookie Says:

    I can certainly answer your question for you. I care. Yours is one of the most interesting, thoughtful and informative blogs on the forum in my estimation. I've read through all of the entries and done it more than once.

    My fascination is less with the economics of your minimum wage challenge than with the insights you post about your reactions to the process. It's interesting to watch the self-analysis and the way you link it to the values of the larger society.

    Socrates said, "The unexamined life is not worth living." I think you demonstrate the value and rewards of such an examination, and I appreciate the opportunity to follow along.

    So there. Smile

  2. robex Says:

    I agree with everything Bookie says!

    I love reading your journal entries here. It keeps reality in perspective, and really reminds me of my years when Dh and I were in university, had nothing but eachother and loads of financially challenged friends. We seriously saved our change for 2 months because a new McDonald's was opening up down the street and we wanted to go.

    Of course our money situation has changed now, but we are still the same people we were then.

  3. Jane Says:

    I care, too! Yours is the blog I look for new entries on first. I am fascinated with the minimum wage experiment, and just tickled to death with how well you make it work. You make it very clear that you are not living a life of deprivation, but one of appreciation for the things that can be provided on a lower income. I really think there's a story that needs to be told in the experiment you've chosen for this year. If you wrote a book about it, I'd sure buy it. It makes a lot more sense than that one that got written about a "year without spending" that had some weird rationale for spending big on things that many of us cannot afford on a good day. Your story should provide a lot of hope for people who find themselves (temporarily or even permanently) living on a lower income. Your blog matters!

  4. annab Says:

    I care. Your challenge is one of the things that keeps me motivated about my own attempts to save money. It's not only inspiring, but informative. I really appreciate it.

  5. StressLess Says:

    I agree with everyone above. It's not something I think I could do myself, and I admire you for sticking with it. I understand Congress is working on raising the minimum wage to $9 an hour. If it goes through are you planning on living at the higher rate for awhile? It would be interesting to see what kind of a difference it might make.

  6. Ima saver Says:

    Count me in too! As one who had to live on minimum wage for many a year, I know it can be done and you are proof of that!

  7. Dido Says:

    I'll ditto the comments above. I particularly look for entries from your blog and find them a wonderful illustration of the idea that money doesn't buy happiness.

  8. Thrifty Ray Says:

    Im sorry....what did my mentor just say??? I thought she said something about silly and who cares??

    must of been a bad dream....

    Now, get back on that pedestal!!! Wink

  9. LuckyRobin Says:

    Well, what ever you decide, I've really liked reading about it and think if you go the whole year, you should be able to get a book out of it.

  10. flash Says:

    Hmmm...if no one cares about your YEAR LONG challenge, doubt anyone cares at ALL about my little coupons and stuffs. Of course we care! And the 44,000! people who drop by your blog do too! Maybe you just need a new twist...ready for the coupon trains?

  11. lrjohnson Says:

    I think I'm on for the year (Croatia trip excepted, of course.) If I don't cover every month, including Christmas, I just don't think I could feel that great about it.

    I think my bad mood was one more related to the human ability to be in a bad mood than my challenge. At least for me, even when I can see it's silly, I sometimes get the blues about odd things.

    I don't know about the 44,000 people-surely can't be-bu6 I've climbed back on the horse!

  12. LuxLiving Says:

    Atta cowgirl. Am really enjoying your challenge and your generousity!

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