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Updated on January 22, 2014
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As I sit at my desk writing this article I am drinking my last diet cola. I have decided to give them up after countless years of drinking them. I would love to tell you that this decision is based on a desire to improve my health but that would be a silly waste of words. No, giving up diet cola is simply another step in my efforts to live a frugal lifestyle.

I began this quest a little over a year ago. Wait! Let me back up a bit! I really have been living frugally for quite a few years. Show me a single parent who hasn’t lived frugally and I’ll show you someone I have nothing in common with. Ever since my divorce in 1990 and especially once I gained custody of my son in 1993, living frugally has been a necessity.

What has changed lately is that now I live frugally by desire. You see, I have this theory. Would you like to hear about it? Would you really or are you just being polite while you kill a few minutes between daytime tv shows? If you are really interested then let’s continue with my theory.

THE THEORY….DRUMROLL PLEASE!

I’m not going to bore you with statistics about the economy nor am I going to quote economists. I am simply going to tell you that from my observations this economic slump we are in may be something we need to get accustomed to. It is my theory that there has been a major shift in the whole damn system and what was once expected will rarely be seen in the future. In other words, what we once took for granted, namely our lifestyle, has been altered greatly by the way the world’s economies are being manipulated. The good old days are gone forever in my humble opinion and if you are waiting for your government to restore those golden days then you are in for a long wait.

Where does this leave us? Well, it leaves me wondering what to do about my lifestyle, because I am convinced that getting by will become harder, not easier, in the years to come. I no longer have faith in the politicians to do anything even remotely close to responsible and I have serious doubts that they have the welfare of the average citizen in mind, not as long as special interest groups are able to pour billions into the political system.

I have serious concerns about the environment and our energy use and I sure don’t believe a shift away from petroleum will be happening in my lifetime. Oh hell, I have serious concerns about a number of things all related in one way: they directly affect my lifestyle and the lifestyles of my family and other loved ones.

Obviously if change is going to happen it has to happen within my little sphere of influence. To look for assistance elsewhere is a fool’s quest and daddy didn’t raise a fool.

SO WHAT’S THE PLAN, STAN?

I am going to take care of what I can take care of and in the process diminish my dependence on outside factors. Period!

Now before I go further let me state that I am fully aware that I am in a unique position. A little over a year and a half ago I quit my full-time job (with benefits) and entered the world of freelance writing. I had no financial back up plan but I also did not have family living with me so I had a certain amount of freedom. In other words, all I had to worry about was myself and I wasn’t too worried about me. One of my friends on this site asked me what I do for medical coverage. Well, I don’t have any! I can hear the gasp from the crowd because for many this is just lunacy of the highest order. Everyone needs medical coverage, right? I don’t know if that’s true; I’ll let you know as I proceed with my life.

I started at that time finding ways to save money and cut back on expenses and I am still doing it today. I am lucky to be in love with a woman who shares this goal, to live frugally, so the support system is in place as we both work towards the day when we will live on a self-sustaining farm and no longer be dependent on the whims of the world economy.

http://billybuc.hubpages.com/hub/My-Dream-The-Self-Sustaining-Educational-Eco-Farm

WHAT WE HAVE DONE SO FAR

As I explained in earlier articles, Bev and I self-published my first novel. We also started a business based on that novel, selling lavender products that are prominent in the book. We are now in the process of making that business viable and profitable.

My freelance writing business is growing and will continue to grow as long as I am able to keep churning out the product. There are many avenues to explore and I am still a novice at this but I am encouraged by the early returns and I have no doubt I can make this profitable as well.

http://billybuc.hubpages.com/hub/Saying-Goodbye-To-A-Life-That-Wasnt-Working

http://billybuc.hubpages.com/hub/Freelance-Writing-It-Really-Is-A-Job

In the meantime we are taking steps to cut expenses wherever possible for our ultimate goal of living on a self-sustaining farm will not come without considerable expense.

WHAT’S HAPPENING NOW?

We are now in the process of preparing a garden for this growing season. We have six raised-beds for some veggies and a separate 10x20 garden area. A greenhouse is in the planning stage and it is our hope that the greenhouse will give us the capabilities to grow extra to be sold.

We have cut down on our driving and we pay more attention to sales and coupons. Buying bulk is another avenue we are starting to explore.

Garage sales will keep us busy this summer as we look for items we can re-sell in our expanding business, and we religiously check craigslist for other items that can be turned around for profit.

We are always looking for ways to make money and the internet is a veritable gold mine of opportunities. There are so many ways to make an extra buck here and there if you are open to the possibilities. I am not without skills and it is up to me to find a way to market those skills. Bev is also exploring ideas for a party business and is my agent of sorts as she continues to help me with the freelance writing.

MY PERSONAL PHILOSOPHY

I believe we all have talents that if properly cultivated can earn us money and allow us to break free from the economic constraints and the dependence on THE SYSTEM! Often it is just a matter of willingness; often it is a matter of overcoming fear as what I am suggesting is a radical change in lifestyle and attitude, and to do as Bev and I are doing requires severing ties with a system and mindset that have been a safe comfort in the past. This is not something that is easy to do but for our peace of mind it is something that is necessary.

I have no faith in the system but more importantly I was not raised to depend on others to provide for me. If the system is failing as I believe then it is my responsibility to find a new way, one that does not depend on the system. It is much too easy to sit back and hope things will get better all the while complaining and whining that things remain the same. The “Woe Is Me Syndrome” is tedious at best and downright self-defeating at worst and I want no part of it.

http://billybuc.hubpages.com/hub/Chasing-A-Dream

Can you do the same? Most definitely you can but the larger question is, are you willing to try? To me it all comes down to attitude and belief in your abilities. It certainly helps to have a support system like I have in Bev; she is my constant guiding light, my best friend and my greatest supporter, and I believe she would say the same about me. Together we can achieve wondrous things because we both share love and a common belief: The world is our oyster just waiting for us to shuck it!

My best to you and yours and may you find peace and happiness wherever your

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      Crazy Mags 5 years ago

      Ok, this was a good article, but sadly my comment is-- How can you give up your diet soda?!!!! :-)

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Lots of votes here, my friend, but I echo Crazy Mags--how can you give up your diet soda? I love Diet Coke, and while I don't drink it daily, I don't want to give it up. Maybe you could just drink less? :-) Anyway, loved this hub. You're trying to rival me on frugal living, aren't you? I love it! This is an inspirational hub. And I bet it will be at the top of the hottest and best hubs very soon. Way to go, Bill!!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mags, you have me laughing. I am still nursing the last one; we'll see how it goes tomorrow. Thanks for dropping by and I'll keep you posted on my progress.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Vicki! I haven't had a new one at the top in a long time. I think I am no longer the "flavor of the month." :) As you well know I appreciate you and consider you a great friend on HubPages, so again, thank you!

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      LadyWriter 5 years ago from UK

      An inspiring hub. Good luck in your quest for self sufficiency!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you LadyWriter and best of luck to you in your endeavors whatever they may be. Thank you for dropping by; you are appreciated.

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      Theresa Ast 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Good luck, although I feel quite certain you and Bev will do well. Parts of America have been slowly moving this way for some time. The popularity of CraigsList for example, not just poor people, but smart and thrifty people now frequent GoodWill, the Salvation Army, vintage thrift shops, and yard sales. We are still throw away society and generation, but I think the tide is turning.

      The home crafts, sewing, and quilting movement is another example. Many people make all the gifts they give now and trade out with friends and neighbors for services they need. Fifteen years ago my husband did formal portraits (photography) for a dentist, who cleaned all our teeth for free (no insurance at the time).

      I know two neighbors who cook only one big meal every weekend....they cook enough for each other and have a cooking free day. And think of all the food cooperatives where for a little extra effort families are getting better and less expensive fruits and vegetables.

      Frugality does not have to be about being poor and down on our luck; it is about being clever and resourceful and getting more out of our life and our money. This is a movement, a lifestyle we should all care about and participate in.

      I am excited for you and excited for all of us. I am off to patch a perfectly good pair of 39 dollar jeans. Why would I throw them away? For twenty minutes time and a 15 cent piece of fabric, I just kept 39 dollars in my pocket! :) Sorry for going on so long. :)

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      Lenzy 5 years ago from Arlington, Texas

      Well done. If you need a substitute, Kroeger brand of Diet Coke is not bad at $2.39 a 12 pack. Maybe you can ration it. Lenzy

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lenzy...lol...you aren't helping one darn bit. :) Thanks for the suggestion and thank you for dropping by with a temptation.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      phdast7, don't be silly! That is exactly what I want, sharing of ideas and helping others realize that there are options that do not involve living miserably. All excellent suggestions by you and I really appreciate you sharing them with my followers. Thank you!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

      Let's see, Bill. I'm a full-time teacher. While I love certain aspects of that job, I'm burnt out. I say that because I want to write/do art/farm/travel full-time. It's taking that financial step that scares the hell out of me. I don't make much. But, with the recession, my hubby has like 50 jobs (because he got laid off), all of which he does a little here and a little there to help make ends meet - handyman, rock mason, jeweler, car fixer-upper to name a few). But the other day, I stomped in the door and looked over and said, "this could be it. I just might take the plunge and not look back." I haven't decided one way or the other. But one thing's for sure: if you don't "just do it," you might wait and wait and wait for life to happen. I've got the travel itch, the freedom itch, the right-brained I'm going to do whatever the hell I want to itch...except for a few responsibilities as a wife I have keep me sane and I don't want to commit financial suicide. I ramble on about this because by golly all your hubs have me thinking and one of these days I'm going to do what society thinks to be crazy, but perhaps what I've always wanted to do: not lead the typical material-filled life. Build a house out of sticks, travel and explore when I feel like it, yet still stay rooted with family and friends because they are really what is important in life. No one ever said on the deathbed, "boy, I wish I would have WORKED more!" It's always, "I wish I would have spent more time being around those I love and doing what I love." *sigh* Voted up and across as always. :)

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      cclitgirl--I think you're right in that we are cyber sisters. I've been thinking about the same thing. I have more opportunity now since I was recently let go from a long-time job. Teaching part time and writing now. I may never want to go back to a full-time job! But everyone says: benefits, insurance, etc...Well, I can work on those things, and who knows that I may do really well in my writing career. I'm thinking hard, too, Cyndi! I would love to enjoy all the years ahead of me free from the 9 to 5 gig. We'll see, huh? Oh, Bill, sorry for taking up room here with comments to Cyndi. haha!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cyndi, that is exactly what I want for you. It sounds like your husband is a handy guy who can make lemonade out of lemons with his odd job thing...we both know that you can write...why not start the process of setting yourself up as a professional writer? You don't have to quit your job while you are laying the groundwork for you new career? As always, I will help if I can; I have suggestions but you can email me at holland1145@yahoo if you want to hear them in a non-public setting. Thank you my dear!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vicki, you take up all the room you need. I want people to start thinking out of the box and not wait until you are my age to do something radical...go out and get the life you deserve, damn it!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Yay!!!!!!!!!! I like how you talk, Bill!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I know you do, Vicki! Now if you could just let me back into the Top Ten it would be appreciated. :)

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      Natasha 5 years ago from Hawaii

      I love gardening and it is also my dream to one day have a self-sufficient farm. But until then I'll have to make do with my little city garden of vegetables in pots sitting on the leaning cinder block wall between the sandy trash pit that my landlord claims is a yard and driveway and my neighbors verdant yard.

      I also used to be all about the diet soda, but stopped drinking it because I didn't want to pay for it. Earlier this week, a friend bought me a Diet Coke. I drank a little of it and then realized I actually didn't like it any more. At all. Later on, I poured the rest of it out. You may miss it for a little while, but I really think you won't, in the long run.

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      jenntyl99 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Billybuc, every time I read your posts I see how you and I share the same ideals. My husband often laments on how I am the research queen because I am always looking for ways to save money on everything.

      Lately, much discussion has been going on in my house about the possibility of solar flares and them destroying our way of life. My son, who is 14, is very advanced for his age and started discussing ways to prepare in the event somegthing like this did happen. One thing we are going to do is start canning our own products and store them for later use. Although it seems like a daunting process, it will save us in the long run and also allow us to be prepared for emergencies. So , thanks for sharing this hub!!! As always, i love your writing.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Your description of your city garden sounds lovely. :) We do what we can when we can; little baby steps forward are better than falling backwards, Thanks as always for taking the time to visit me.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jennty, it is my pleasure to write for people like you. Great idea on canning and now I'm going to do some research on solar flares...thank you as always.

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      bill...This has been a simply great week for hubs of serious interest to me! I have lived the frugal life for as long as I've been an adult on my own (apart from the parents who taught me all the really important stuff!)...I was lucky enough to embrace an attitude of loving the challenge and making it FUN.

      I've often wondered if the mumblings behind my back are that I go overboard and possibly deny myself. Nothing could be further from the truth, but I'm not concerned enough with the opinions and curiosity of others, to bother to explain anything.

      I just know that while so many people moan and groan the pains of "lack", all around me....I'm kicked back and loving my life!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      And Paula, isn't that the bottom line? Loving your life! I was raised in a family where money was a premium and extras were something you never considered a possibility, so like you I have no problem scaling back to the yesterdays of my youth. For some I know, my lifestyle is ridiculous, but like you I couldn't care less. Thank you my dear!

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      Jeni Pari 5 years ago

      So, If I follow you, the basics of living frugally are eliminating the extras such as your colas, buy used products whenever possible, resell for profit and live off the land whenever possible??

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Among many others Jeni; I'm limited to 1500 words if I want the readers to stay awake through the entire hub! Thanks for dropping by and taking the time to comment.

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      Jeni Pari 5 years ago

      It was a great article, it got me dreaming of a self sustaining life on the land...

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      Mark G Weller 5 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      I have had the same desire for a long time, to live on a self sustaining ranch or farm. To generate my own energy and live "green". And...to share this with others. Great job here Bill, as always your words are of value to many!

      Voted Up!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Jeni; if you read some more of my hubs you'll discover that I am big on dreams and I refuse to think a dream un-doable simply because it is hard. Life is to be enjoyed and I have spent far too many years working and accumulating and that ends now.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mark, I have no doubt that we will both realize our dreams. Thank you my friend.

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      Priscilla 5 years ago from El Paso

      This is a great hub, you have some very good reasoning. Thanks for a great hub to read.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure Dancilla; thank you for taking the time to read it and comment.

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      A great hub and thanks for sharing.

      Take care and enjoy your weekend.

      Eddy.

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      Pannonica 5 years ago

      Amazing hub. I read through with such admiration for you, I feel you are living the American Dream. You are creating your lifestyle, your home, your own world as you want to live it. I wish you well as you go through life, I'm sure any curved balls you would just throw them back. Great hub voted up.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, Eddy, what a wonderful way to begin my day. Good morning, or for you good afternoon, and have a great day across the pond. Thanks for dropping by!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pannonica, as a former baseball player, I can tell you with all certainty that I can't hit a curve ball to save me, so I'm much better off just tossing them back and waiting for a nice fat fastball right down the middle. Thanks so much for your kind words and my best to you and yours.

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 5 years ago from Planet Earth

      I share your concerns about the environment, Billy. I like the fact that you're addressing solutions and ideas for changing our lives and the possible outcomes we face if we don't change, rather than just pointing out that we have problems. Well done! Thanks!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      You are welcome Marcy and thank you for that timely comment. There is no shortage of those out there who will tell us what is wrong; pointing the finger of blame is a popular way to pass the time. We need positive action and I'm glad you recognize that fact.

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      Christina Lornemark 5 years ago from Sweden

      I like your positive attitude on a subject that mostly feels negative and give us the feeling that we have to give up on the "good" things in life to live frugal! One thing is sure, we can not go on like this, living in a world where the only goal is to consume as much as possible in order to get the virtual money rolling!

      Voted up, interesting, useful

      Tina

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Tina! I have the feeling it is going to get much worse for many before wholesale change happens, but in the end that change will be a positive. As always thank you for taking the time to visit me.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Your health will benefit from dropping soda, billybuc! I support your view on the system, it is up to us to find a way to survive this economic downfall. I too do not expect to see a return to living abundantly and in excess. I think we have to look at successful living differently these days and a return to simple basics is a start. Voted up!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Teaches, as always it is so nice to see you. I could be wrong; it wouldn't be the first time. However, my gut tells me this is not going to improve on a national level so, like you say, a return to basics is in order. Thank you for visiting.

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      Nancy Hinchliff 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      I guess I'll just have to shock some of you by saying giving up diet coke was the easiest thing I ever did. First of all all those chemicals are really bad for you...worse than sugar. When they started using Aspartame, that did it. It gave me Migraines. So out went the diet coke and a passel of processed foods. I soon discovered I was saving a helluva a lot by not buying diet drinks and making everything from scratch.

      I've been a single mom and small business owner so I had to learn frugality a long time ago. All your ideas are good and I agree that this forced way of living due to the past few years is good for the country. People are finally tuning into what's really important and how creative the pioneers were:=) Yay for frugality.

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      Sharilee Swaity 5 years ago from Canada

      Wow, wow, wow, Bill! This is so inspiring! You have done what so many people dream of doing and you are making it work. I try to be frugal in my life and I completely believe in this philosophy, too, although we can't commit fully to this yet. I love how you are using a variety of ways to get yourself free from the economic machine. Very creative!

      I loved this. Voted up and all the rest!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alekhouse, I love it...yay for frugality! I learned long ago how to live with less so this is not a radical change for me and in fact I am quite comfortable with it. Thank you for dropping by my site.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Prairie, thank you! I think that very slowly we are going to see this change happen around the world. I love your support and wish you well.

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      Dilip Chandra 5 years ago from India

      Good Hub, well written billy...

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dilipchandra, thank you so much! I'm glad you visited my site and found something that interested you. Have a wonderful Sunday!

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      Annie Fenn 5 years ago from Australia

      Way to go, Billybuc. We seem to live in societies that dictate "must have" materialism through relentless advertising. Contrary to what the 'system' dictates, we can get by with very little. I am moving into living much more frugally and am enjoying de-cluttering my home and my mind. Your article is very reassuring, thank you. My votes to you.

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      BakingBread-101 5 years ago from Nevada

      I absolutelty cannot give up diet coke . . . but that's because I've never drank it!

      Seriously though, I do live as a thrifty person and reuse, recycle and regift it all. You did a great job (once again!)

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      I gave up soda a long time ago, and it really isn't all that difficult. Water is my beverage of choice, although coffee comes a close second. I think that working to become self-sufficient is a great goal. I have more faith in the system than you do, but saving money while I can, and finding multiple sources of income can provide a cushion.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Fennelseed, thank you and I wish you well in your new lifestyle. I would be a liar if I didn't say I miss having some things, but they were not important for my happiness so they needed to go. Life is good today and I have my eyes dialed in on what is important in life. Have a marvelous day!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Baking, I appreciate your kind words. Living frugally is not a punishment as some might think; there is great freedom in not being tied down to possessions. Thank you so much!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Millionaire, I applaud your frugal lifestyle and I hope I am wrong about the system. If I am I'll be firmly entrenched in a lifestyle that provides me with freedom; if I'm not wrong I'll be firmly entrenched in a lifestyle that provide me freedom. Win-win either way. Thank you for taking the time to leave a meaningful comment.

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      taratabet 5 years ago from Avalon

      Love to read your hub billybuc.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Tartabet, thank you and I am pleased that you stopped by. Take care my friend.

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      railspurranch 5 years ago from USA

      Great post, and great writing that gives me ideas for my own frugal living!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Railspurranch, I'm happy if this helped you in some way. I think we are seeing a quiet revolution in this country as more and more people are moving away from traditional jobs and beginning a new lifestyle. Thank you for stopping by.

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      Sharon Smith 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

      Billy ~ this hub is excellent. A lot of people have written about "being frugal" - but this is WAY different (and better). This is all about your inner self and what you really want out of life.

      My life is extremely different than it was not so long ago. Financially, I lost just about everything and am starting over. It's amazing how priorities change. Some days it can be quite disheartening to think back to what I had vs. today. I've always been a frugal person and love the challenge. But today, I must live frugally regardless.

      Your theory and thoughts excite me. I appreciate all you've said here. It gives me energy to move forward which at times I really need that push. Please know that you are a huge inspiration to me through your writing!

      Sharyn

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sharyn, you are very kind and I thank you! I lost everything, twice, and it does tend to give a different perspective about life and the way you approach it. I'm so much happier now and I have no doubt you will be too. Have a wonderfully happy day and thank you so much.

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      Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      Great hub. Looks like I have a lot of reading to do to see what you've written in those other hubs that are linked to this one. Love, faith and hope, to me those are the three quality ingredients that go into a good life, regardless of any current economic challenges.

      I believe that eco farm will become a reality for you and Bev one day not only because it's the dream you share but because you are both in the process of making major changes and taking continual planned actions to create that dream farm.

      You've hit upon many of my own beliefs in this hub. I agree with your assessment of the overall economy and I think the way that many will ultimately survive it is to think out of the box and create new opportunities for themselves through entrepreneurship and also by cutting back on expenses wherever possible.

      I also believe that keeping a good attitude, confidence in our own abilities and setting goals are important.

      You and Bev are an inspiration to others to see the economic cirumstances of our country as a challenge that can be navigated through major life changes.

      Voted up across the board except for funny.

      BTW: I also love the photos you chose for this hub and I think the last 3, with the captions written beneath them would make great bumper sticker and/or T-Shirt slogans. (Perhaps you're already doing this and I just haven't read about it yet?)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Happy, thank you so much for taking the time to write your thoughts. I am convinced that Bev and I are on the right path for us; it may seem radical to many out there but all I can worry about is us. We take care of the next indicated step and move forward. We are actually working on tshirts but not the ones you suggested; now we have some more to think about after your suggestion. We have one I know you would approve of...."livin' large and lovin' life! Thank you my friend and best of luck to you on your journey.

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      Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      Wow, you've really got my number. I do love the slogan, "Livin' large and lovin' life".

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Happy, our to do list seems to be getting longer rather than shorter but we will eventually take care of business and have all those tshirts out there for sale. I thought you would like that slogan.

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      Catherine Taylor 5 years ago from Canada

      Loved this hub! Billy you are one inspiring guy and give me hope for the future. Voted up, useful and now following.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you kind lady! If you should have any questions about HubPages feel free to ask and I'll help if I can.

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      Efficient Admin 5 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      I used to be addicted to Caffeine Free Diet Coke. Drank about 12 cans a week. I decided to drink water instead to save money and by golly I forgot about that soda in a few days. I bet that you'll be okay once you wean yourself off of them.

      I'm with you all, I wish very much I could get out of the 9-5 corporate grind but that is not going to happen anytime soon because I don't have another way to earn a living, so I will keep chin up and keep at it, and keep trying to find part-time work on the side that I can build up full-time. I have not made any money on Hubpages yet but that is because I am not a good writer and also haven't figured out all the tricks like SEO, Adsence etc... But I am still learning.

      Loved this article, voted up!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Efficient, I disagree with you about your writing ability...it just takes time and one has to learn the ropes, the do's and don'ts....but you will get there. By the way, I'm finished with diet coke and it went well. Thank you!

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      Kris Heeter 4 years ago from Indiana

      Somehow I think I missed this when it first came out. I'm glad you reposted it on Google+. Are you still diet-coke "free"? That was a great choice to make - your body will thank you in the long run! I've been trying to go down this path myself over time... trying to live more environmentally conscience and living simpler with less "stuff"!

      BTW - I love lavender, so I'm off to check out your website!

      Happily sharing this with my followers:)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kris, it's nice to see you again! I need to go visit you because I'm not getting notified of many hubs when they come out.

      Yes, I am still off diet coke, and my body never missed a beat after I quit. I feel great and my lifestyle is suiting me nicely.

      Thank you for the share!

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      Peg Cole 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Hello Billy. I can relate to so much of what you've said here. It really does make sense to live frugally. I lived in the fast lane making the big bucks and it was really stressful and when I looked at all the stuff I had to buy with my income to keep me in the life style of my position, like the fancy car and the shoes and the bling that kept my nose to the grindstone for someone who didn't really notice my sacrifice and dedication... Sorry for the rant. I took a voluntary retirement and learned to want fewer things. More important things. Like my life.

      I am glad to see you're giving up diet soda for their ingredients alone if not for the cost. We recently did this and have some very good results after years of diet sodas. Not any more.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Peg, I think we have all fallen for the financial trap at one time or another. I know with certainty that I'm not returning to it! Thank you for a great comment and yes, I'm still off the diet cola!

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