So many people have fallen into ruts in their lives. They come home from work. Order in food or go out to a restaurant. Flop in front of the tv or go to the shopping mall. Drive around aimlessly burning gas, going nowhere. Or haul a gas guzzling toy like a snow mobile or a high speed boat or an ATV somewhere then drive that around aimlessly burning gas, going nowhere. Destroying the environment they are supposedly there to enjoy.
Meanwhile debt is piling on and piling on. They just ignore it but when the collection agencies won’t stop calling it gets harder and harder to ignore.
And it would be one thing if all this consumption was making people happy. But it isn’t even doing that. People are swimming in debt in order to “have a good life” and they aren’t even happy!
That is messed up!
But it doesn’t have to be that way. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to have fun.
People get into the bad habit of throwing money at a problem and think it will make life better.
For example: the kids are bored so you drive them to the movies which after tickets and popcorn and soda adds up to be a very expensive evening (and it isn’t even a whole evening, it’s a couple hours or so). Instead, you can read them a book from the library and it will cost you nothing. Or you can throw a frisbee around in the park. Lots more fun. Costs a couple bucks for a frisbee. And everyone gets some exercise.
There are many solutions to most every problem. People just fall into the bad habit of trying to solve every problem with money. Break those habits today.
(Soon I’m coming out with a book that will help you have fun without spending money – look for it soon and watch for future posts here on Frugally Food where I’ll share some of the ideas from the book.)