I first talked about the Simplicity movement some 15 or 20 years ago on the show.
The movement is defined by a belief that we live in a consumer society and we create anxiety and stress by how we live and what we buy. And that our whole lifestyle requires a radical rethink.
Well, there’s been a real morphing of the movement over time.
A person I know who was a pioneer in the movement made so much money through it that she now lives a nice life! She doesn’t borrow money, but she lives a comfortable life after so many years of sacrifice.
It reminds me of caller I had on the show who saved so much that he reached the point where his wife was like, “When are we gonna do something with all this money?” I said, “She’s right. Loosen up and spend some of that money.” He was devastated that I gave that advice. But it was the right advice.
Remember, everything has natural limits. Many times we can’t see the limits. You need to think things through: Are you spending too much? Saving to a fault? Are you thinking about the overall picture?
At the other extreme of the Simplicity movement you have people living off of others. There are a lot of names for this lifestyle, the most popular being freegans.
I saw a story about a family living without money for two years. They were just living off the kindness of others. That to me does not sound like creating financial independence; it sounds like the ultimate in financial dependence.