Simple Living is something I grew up with, it was not a lifestyle choice, it was my life. I often reflect on the lessons taught to me by my parents. They are what guides me and helps me make the right decisions. As we struggle with our troubled economic woes in this country, and elsewhere in the world I am reminded of a lesson I learned from my father when I was a teenager in the seventies. My parents were children of the great depression and as a consequence learned at an early age how to manage their money.
I had a particular interest in buying something, I don’t recall what the something was but I remember I was struggling with the cost and how I was going to pay for it. My father always has a unique perspective on things and this was no exception.
At the time I was working a part time job making three or four dollars per hour. What he told me to do was to calculate how many hours I would have to work in order to pay for this particular item. He also stressed that I would also have to consider deductions from my pay, such as taxes. Putting it in that perspective made me realize that maybe it was not as important as I thought.
I really do not remember if I purchased the Item or not, but I never forgot that lesson in Simple Living.