By being frugal and mindful are we contributing to the resistance against living a consumer marketing driven, cash cow life.
I hope that is an obvious resounding yes.
In this weeks podcast
Races and training
Sonya has started her lead in to the Mt Mee Marathon one of the toughest of road marathons in Queensland.
I am still sitting on the sideline with a leg injury from last weeks park run.
Unshoe get another thumbs down for our latest purchase from them.
Ingredient of the week
Whats on and whats happening
Heading down to Sydney.. 19th to 21 st Manley to be precise so if there is any listeners who want to catch up for a run, hit me up on twitter @ watzzupsport or facebook page
Topic of the week
5 tips on Frugal Raw Mindfulness
1 Know your budget
Being frugal means:
Caring about your money, and trying not to waste it like paying your bills late when you’d get a discount for using direct debit
buying in bulk foods when they’re on sale.
Use your local library instead of buying every single book new.
Cutting out things which are convenient but over priced IE. takeaways .
2. Understand Your Goals
It’s about valuing your money by translating it to life expenditure, spend on the things which you really want.
You wouldn’t say “no” to having more money in the bank, without having to work extra
That’s what understanding frugality can bring you – even if you’re of a low income.
You earn hundreds of thousands, and still end up with financial problems if you’ve got no idea about how to control your
spending and what controls your impulse to spend.
“The way to wealth depends on just two words, industry and frugality.” (Benjamin Franklin) – 18th century
Being frugal isn’t some 21st century idea. It’s been known in many forms as a way to live a happy, rich life.
The conspiricist in me wants to shout out ” Beware..Beware ” about the consumer driven lifestyle that the modern western world wants you to believe is the accepted and best way to to lead a live full of ” success and hapiness”
3 Expand your creativity.
Frugality Doesn’t Mean Being Cheap, not all of the motives that keep people from overspending are positive
Cheapness is different from frugality, Cheapness is when you have enough money but you still Buy shoddy, low-quality goods – that can cost you more in the long run.
Take time and refuse to spend money on things which you don’t really or think you “need” , take time to examine how else could you get it.
Take time to examine other ways to get what you want without just handing over your cash.
4 Reassess Progress
I know people who just can’t bear to spend their money on, anything at all. That’s not what I am talking about.
People who understand the idea of being frugal have a number of motives that help keep their spending under control.
Some people are forced to live pretty spare lives for a number of reasons, let your reason to be mindful of your income in, income out, be based around getting the best purchasing power for things that are important to your health and well being.
Being not tied to a consumer spending dictate, then you are not in any way being cheap, but you are allowing yourself not to get caught up in the accepted and consumer driven marketing messages that bombard us all.
Which, is why I find it so baffling that some people take this route of, takeaways, having the latest electronic gadget, buying glossy magazines, purchasing fashion statements, yes, how you spend your money is up to you, but when those decisions are governed by marketing dictates I don’t think it’s much of a choice.
After a short time you can quickly replace the sound of money fluttering away with the sound of ka.. ching money/ life energy saved.
For me the idea of going on ” holiday” does not have a great deal of appeal as a celebration, same as having an extravagant meal out once a month is not how I would celebrate.
I would more, buy one great quality item instead of three cheap versions, preferring to relish in the idea that I do not have to “work” just to feel as if I am swimming against the tide.
What ever it means to you to celebrate, frugal living is about examining what you want out of your life, being mindful and resourceful enough to make it happen.
A couple dollars saved here, and a few dollars invested there will not lead to a life of deprivation; it can be a start for a platform that you can view greater possibilities from.
Tying the frugality message back in to the Raw food Barefoot podcast is the ethos of the REM life style design that encourages an uncomplicated simple raw food nutrition, understanding the energetics behind your actions and being mindful of the actions you take.
We take our message every where we go because it is what we live, are we rich “no”…….. do we have unlimited resources “no”…… by being aware of what we have do we live a happy life ” yes “.
By being frugal and mindful are we contributing to the resistance against living a consumer marketing driven cash cow life I hope that is an obvious resounding ” YES “.
Sonya’s Quote of the week
“You may not see the fruit of today’s work
but you have seeded a lifetime of knowledge”