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Living Simple or Simple Living: A New Revolution Is Afoot

Updated on January 1, 2013

TIMES THEY ARE A’CHANGIN’

“Come gather 'round people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You'll be drenched to the bone
If your time to you
Is worth savin'
Then you better start swimmin'
Or you'll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin'.”

Bob Dylan may have written that in the 60’s, and he may have been talking about a different sort of change, but it could have easily been written about today, for the times truly are a’changin’.

Slowly but surely, like a tsunami gathers strength racing across the ocean, so too this new revolution is gathering strength across the United States. It sprouted from seeds planted in the mid-1860’s by Henry David Thoreau, the Father of Frugal Living.

“As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness.”
Henry David Thoreau

As technology advanced at the beginning of the 20th Century, the theory of simple living lost its attraction, but history and the connected events have a way of readjusting our thinking as a species. The Great Depression delivered the message to those who had forgotten, and a whole new era of frugality began, not by choice but for survival.

Having risen from the ashes of that great economic disaster, the survivors told the story, warned that it could happen again, and yet the stories were ignored. Another lesson was learned during the Great Recession of the 1970’s and once again that lesson was forgotten.

When will we, as a society, learn?

The current recession, which began in 2007, still has its grips on the nation….the world….and the end is nowhere in sight. Again the lesson has been presented, and again some are paying attention. A revolution has been re-born!

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RESPONSIBLE PARENTING

For sure my parents remembered to tell the stories of the Great Depression to their son. I have been asked often where my ideas about frugal living come from. I simply laugh because I have only to remember my childhood and the way we lived as I was growing up. I received, as did many my age, a daily lesson in living a simple life, one that Thoreau envisioned so many years ago.

If it were not so sad I would laugh when I think of Thoreau. He was concerned about the advancement of technology. He was concerned with the hoarding of possessions. He was concerned with the debasement of the environment and he was concerned with overpopulation. Remember, please, that his writings began to take root in the early 1800’s. Oh, what would Henry David think about today?

But I digress! When I was growing up we were, in economic terms, lower-middle class. We always had money for the house payment, for food and clothing, but after that things were tight. We did not have a dishwasher, and the appliances we did have were years old and getting older daily. Any repairs that had to be made were made by my dad; what he didn’t know how to repair he would learn from friends.

It occurs to me that when we were kids and teenagers, we never had trouble finding something to do that did not cost money. When did we lose that ability?

It was a simple life with simple pleasures; it was the only life I knew and I loved it!

THE MEMORY SPAN OF A GNAT

I grew into a man, and like the rest of the nation, long ago lessons were forgotten. I earned a good living and spent most of it, and what I couldn’t afford I made payments on, forever fueling the economy and keeping the money-lenders in business. It became the classic game of robbing Peter to pay Paul, a financial juggling act that was doomed from the start. All was well as long as all was well, but if one crucial block was removed, like a job, the entire financial foundation crumbled.

No problem! I picked myself up, dusted myself off, and started the whole process again….only to have the same scene replayed time and time again.

I suspect I could be speaking for a great number of people as I write this. My financial security was all an illusion, dependent upon economic factors that were completely out of my control. Instead of taking control of my own well-being, I placed faith in governmental and economic systems that were flawed.

The outcome was never in doubt!

THE LIGHT BULB TURNS ON OVER MY HEAD

I woke up from my fantasy world in 2006. I came to realize that working full-time in order to chase my own tail and feed a system that did not care about me was insanity. A vision came to me of a simpler life, one without debt, one not dependent on factors outside my control. As the recent recession deepened, I noticed more and more people coming to the same realization that I came to, that it is entirely possible to divorce oneself from the insanity. I became a Thoreau disciple!

No, I did not retreat into the woods of Walden, but I did retreat from the madness. I formulated a plan that would free me from the rat race I had willingly participated in for forty-five years, and in 2010 I took the next big step and quit my full-time teaching job to become a freelance writer.

Now the plan continues as I further embrace the only lifestyle that makes sense to me, a lifestyle based on frugality, and aimed at complete self-reliance.

And apparently I am not the only one who has joined the New Revolution!

Sit With Me Awhile

POWER TO THE PEOPLE

“With impressive proof on all sides of magnificent progress, no one can rightly deny the fundamental correctness of our economic system.”
Herbert Hoover

Those words, by President Herbert Hoover, were spoken shortly before the Stock Market Crash of 1929. I read those words and then I think of the two major candidates for President in 2012, and I say to myself…they just don’t get it!

Our economic system is a house of cards, and when it crumbles, as it surely will, the Great Depression is going to look like a walk in the park. Many of the leading economists in the nation are expecting a double-dip recession in 2013, and several are predicting a worldwide economic collapse by 2016.

In other words, we have not seen the worst yet! Now please understand, I am not one to panic; I have heard many dark predictions over my sixty-three years, and few have come true. However, I look at the economy of this country and I wonder how much longer can we play these games? How much longer can our economy survive with China pulling the puppet strings? How much longer can our economy survive without a strong manufacturing base? How much longer can we survive the wealth disparity in this country and how much longer can we survive the weakening U.S. dollar, a dollar that is only as strong as the nation it represents?

I hope I am wrong! However, if I am correct, then the only logical solution for individuals is to learn to become more self-sufficient and self-sustaining. The movement is catching fire in the United States, to the extent that the near-dead concepts of commune and community are making a comeback. Community gardens, individual gardens, and group living are on the rise. Eliminating debt is now being considered by millions, and living off the grid, once considered the radical solution for drug-crazed hippies, is now a viable, mainstream vision.

I know this to be true: we can no longer live the way we have in the past. Overspending has never worked! Buying with credit has never worked! Living from paycheck to paycheck is a system doomed to failure!

Mr. Dylan

Care To Take A Poll?

So, what do you think about the new revolution?

See results

TIMES THEY ARE A’CHANGIN’

At one time in fairly recent history, the United States was the world leader in manufacturing. People were working, the dollar was sound, and the future looked bright. Those days are gone. We have outsourced our future, and now the economic survival of this country is at stake.

I do not believe in violent revolution; never have, never will. Now is the time for the country, and I’m speaking for the bottom 80%, to pull together and embrace an economic revolution. We must eliminate our own personal debt. We must cut the fat and live within our means. We must reach out a hand of help to those below us. We must do whatever is necessary to stop this downward spiral, and it must be done on an individual basis.

Waiting for our nation’s leaders to solve the problem will never work because you see, they are the problem. Waiting for the mega-corporations to solve the problem will never work because you see, they are the problem.

Bob Dylan had it right; it is time we start swimming or we will sink like a stone. Living Simple is the only logical solution. There is freedom just around the corner; just follow the path once traveled by Henry David Thoreau.

The times are truly changing!

2012 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      PS......yes...yes....and yes! I don't know what it's going to take for people to wake up, but I think there is a big wake up call right around the corner. Hope I'm wrong. :)

      Thank you my friend; I hope you are well and happy!

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      Patricia Scott 5 years ago from sunny Florida

      pstraubie48....sadly, I agree. The government is the problem but we have allowed it. We have allowed it to get so big and impersonal and powerful that many are drowning. And yes, we need to take it back in quiet, peaceful revolution.

      the buck does stop with us, at our doorstep. We must be individually accountable ...one person at a time to make a difference.

      I am so glad you addressed this, Billy. Each of us needs to get our heads out of the sand and stop being an ostrich. Voted up and useful

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, we just have to meet in person! I love hippies! LOL Seriously, what a great meal; we had a similar meal Sunday with all of Bev's kids over....it really is a feeling of satisfaction being able to raise your own food. Love it, and thank you!

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      Deborah Neyens 5 years ago from Iowa

      I already drank your KoolAid, Bill. I just hope I can help inspire others to live a simpler, more sustainable life. We had the next door neighbors over for dinner the other night. Here's what I served them: potatoes from my organic garden, chopped salad made with tomatoes, cucumber, orange bell pepper and basil from my garden, and hamburgers from grass-fed beef raised at my brother-in-law's farm 10 miles from here. It doesn't get much more sustainable than that. But, of course, the neighbors all refer to us, only half-jokingly, as the neighborhood hippies. I don't mind.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Amazingly, Dianna, I never felt this way when Clinton was President.....he seemed to be in control at all times, despite his personal atrocities. I haven't felt that way ever since he left office, and I have no faith in the political system now. I think Bev and I have sheltered ourselves from whatever comes in the future, but who really knows how bad it will get?

      Thank you my friend; have a wonderful Sunday!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      The closer we get to November, the more I realize that we are not going to see any recovery - regardless of who is in the white house. We have to make things work for ourselves, find your passion and pursue your dream so that you can live well. I miss the times of even ten years ago when you could count on some stability in the government policy. I think we have seen the last of those days now. I am ready to pack my backpack and head for the woods myself.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marlene, consider that hub! I have a blog called "Living Simple" and I have talked about the mini houses being built and the shipping container ideas, and there are a lot of people out there considering the same thing. Anyway, it's been a pleasure spending time with you this morning.

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      Marlene Bertrand 5 years ago from Northern California, USA

      billybuc, yes! The big shipping containers! My mindset is - go cheap, cheap, cheap. 'How cheap can we get it?' That is my new mantra in life. I don't want to spend money unnecessarily. If building a home out of shipping crates is going to be the cheapest way to do it, then that's the way I want to do it. I don't care about keeping up with the Jones' and building a house that is stylish. I just want to be frugal and build something I can live in for the rest of my life and not have a mortgage.

      Yes. East of Sacramento - about an hour's drive east for Marysville and an hour and a half east for Dobbins.

      And, no I have not written a hub about it. I just didn't think it was all that fascinating. It's fascinating to me. I'm totally excited. But, didn't see how anyone else would care to read about some old lady building a house out of cargo crates.

      You are so kind. I look forward to my next cup of coffee with you. Enjoy your weekend.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marlene, that is fascinating...it really is! Have you written a hub about this...I need to go look see! My best friend lives someone east of Sacramento in the foothills, but I forget the town name...is that the area you are talking about?

      Your story is fascinating....I look forward to many more installments in this story. Cargo crates? Like the big shipping containers? Doesn't sound ugly to me at all; in fact, Bev and I are considering the shipping container homes when we move to the country in three years.

      Thanks for the update!

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      Marlene Bertrand 5 years ago from Northern California, USA

      billybuc, you have bacon? What does that taste like? I haven't had that in a while.

      I live in a poor little town called Marysville - in the country. They call it District 10. District 10 is way out where the farmers live. In fact, it is all farmland except for a little patch of residences plopped smack in the middle. We are isolated, but that's what I like about it. When my husband and I lost our jobs, we spent a portion of our retirement money to buy some acreage in a little city called Dobbins, which is in the Sierra foothills. But, zoning laws won't allow us to live on the property while it is being built, so we had to buy this tiny little home in Marysville to live in until our place in Dobbins is slowly being developed. And, I do mean slowly. We vowed that we would not take out loans to build the house, so when we have money, we save it and put it toward our plans. Talk about conservative, we are building the house using cargo crates. It sounds ugly, but when it's done, it will be the least expensive home on the planet. We are doing most of the work ourselves, so that's also a savings. Our ultimate plan is to get off the grid and be as self sufficiant as possible. When we move to Dobbins we will be even further away from civilization. There isn't even a hospital nearby. So, it is good that we are learning to plan our trips now, because it will be absolutely necessary when we get to the Sierras.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Awww, Marlene, thank you! I love the Meatless Monday....because we don't have any meat! Pretty logical if you ask me. LOL We were scrounging for dinner last night, and all we could find was a slab of bacon and some french fries.....so that was our dinner! Again, pretty logical to me!

      I love that you plan your trips into town....where do you live in Northern California if I may ask? When one lives in the country it is so important to plan those trips the way you do. Gas is way too expensive to waste.

      Thank you for a great comment and have a wonderful weekend.

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      Marlene Bertrand 5 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Yeah. Cutting up the credit cards - that was the last event as I ventured toward the simple life. Although circumstances forced me here, I am happy to be here. It hasn't been as difficult as I imagined. Living on only what I can afford, not running out and putting things on the credit card has sometimes meant that when I run out of bread, I'm out of bread. Meatless Mondays is no longer just a fun way of varying the menu. It's Meatless Monday because I don't have any meat. But, that's OK. I get creative. I discover that mushrooms, when cooked right, have the same texture as meat and are an excellent substitute. I plan trips into town instead of hopping into my car, making several trips, wasting gas in the process. No, my husband and I plan one trip per week into town and that trip usually surrounds a doctor's appointment or something significant. We "GPS" and strategize every trip to get the most proficiant use of time and energy.

      Living simply is a far better lifestyle than I could ever imagine. I enjoy getting up in the morning, making coffee, and then sitting down with a nice hub. billybuc, I have to say you are one of my favorite cups of coffee. I truly enjoy reading your words.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      So have we all, Tammy, and I think we have more lessons to learn in the next few years. I'll be ready, as will you, and now I just have to educate about 300 million more people. LOL No problem!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Excellent thoughts! It is scary to think that this economy may never turn around in our life times. Giving our kids the skills to live within their means and being happy with few material things is a wonderful gift. I have learned much in the last 10 years of a poor economy. Great hub. :)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, I hope you are right about preaching to the choir. It's funny, but in many ways, this is like teaching. So many students would listen to my warnings about not studying properly, and then be shocked when the did poorly for the quarter. That's how this feels....those who should listen don't feel it applies to them, and then they lose their job and they are shocked! I don't know what else to do my friend, so I'll keep preaching to the choir! Thank you Mary!

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      How do you motivate those that will not listen? Does 'preaching to the choir' ring a bell? We are all with you Bill in varying degrees but still with you...it is the poor misbegotten out there that are buying bigger houses, charging up their credit cards and all without a care in the world...until they lose their job or suffer some other catastrophe. How sad it is for them. Blessings to you Bill for trying to forge the way.

      Voted up, useful, and awesome.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Maria, thank you so much! I was raised to motivate and inspire; if it helps anyone then it is a pleasing undertaking. Have a wonderful weekend!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Faith, for several things. I am feeling the nostalgia as well; I'm trying to get us all back to those times....;and I was pleased with the interview. Thank you; peace and happiness today and always my friend.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Martin, I understand nostalgic.....were they better times? It sure seems like they were.....I love my memories as well. Thank you my friend!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Coffee, I wish you nothing but good luck in your job search. You are right of course; the people doing the hiring can call the shots and hardly pay anything.....it is a very tough situation right now. Bless you and have a wonderful weekend.

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      Maria Jordan 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Bill,

      Your awareness raising hubs are always motivating and inspiring.

      This piece is no exception. Voted UP and UABI. Hugs, Maria

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      Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

      Another really good one here, billybuc. Awww, now Mh went and made me feel nostalgic . . . the ice cream truck and the bad movie, me too Mh, the good ole days for sure. Believe it or not, our little town we moved to, in the here and now, from the city, has an ice cream truck!!! Simply times . . . they are a changin'. Loved the Bob Dylan song. Oh, I loved your interview on HP email, it was excellent dear one. I thought I had read this one, but must have just read it at lunch, but I cannot comment from there. Voted Up In His Love, Faith Reaper

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      I'm sorry to be nostalgic... I miss the days of sitting on the stairs with my neighbors enjoying idol gossip and a cup of "whatever". I miss the ice cream truck and the really bad movie. I am glad I am old with a lifetime of great memories.

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      I am struggling now and hopefully the struggles will stop when I find a job. Surprisingly, companies are asking for a numeration of responsibilities and paying low. Where do I go from here? With our kind of economy now and crisis come and go, we need to also set strict rules to our young children who are working and studying at the same time, teaching them the value of money and not to fall trapped in the fast upgrades of electronics. Useful and interesting hub, billybuc! Voted on your poll too. Thank you.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, I truly hope that you are right! I think there is a bad wind blowing, and we are less prepared as a country to handle it than we were in 1929....I sure hope I'm wrong, but in the meantime, I'm doing everything I can to be ready. Thank you my friend; peace and happiness to you always.

      bill

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Oh Bill, you must have faith that we will rise again. I agree that people live way above their means. My Son is a great example, that old credit card is a great deceiver. I believe that we as a nation will bounce back again with the right leadership. We must have a leader who will look out for all americans, not just the wealthy. In between times, let's all tighten our belts and live within our means. I have learned that i really don't need designer clothes, just a pair of blue jeans and a good pair of boots makes me a happy camper. Cheers my friend..

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Robin, you aren't the only one who was on that treadmill. I was running right alongside of you for quite a few years. And yes, life has other plans. You know the old joke....how do you make God laugh.....tell him your plans!

      Thank you Robin; you are a breath of fresh air.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, I swear to God, I feel like the little boy who cried wolf, but I think we are headed for an economic meltdown the likes of which we have not seen in eighty years. I'm glad there is one other person out there who sees this. Thank you and best wishes to you.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Baking, I applaud you for the way you handle your money! Do you have any idea how long it has been suggested that people do exactly what you are doing...pay yourself first....and yet hardly anyone does it. Bravo to you, and thank you!

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      Robin Grosswirth 5 years ago from New York

      Bill, always well written and well said. It is a frightening time and for those of us who lived on the treadmill and spent more than they should, well, things have to change, yes.

      I was one of those people and I thought I'd be able to play catch up. Unfortunately, life had other plans.

      This is an important piece and the movement you are proposing is timely and necessary for a lot of us.

      Thanks for teaching us. You are now a life academic.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      History truly repeats itself, and we'd best be ready this time. What you say is correct, as what comes up must go down, and it will be a big one. Just be ready for it, save your money, and learn to live simply. Up and awesome.

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      BakingBread-101 5 years ago

      I've been doing Linda Smith's routine for years. Also, every time I get a paycheck, I'm the very first bill I pay. Something goes into each savings account (emergency fund, house fund, car fund, stuff fund). That way I have it when it is needed--such as 2 weeks ago when my little girl was so sick I couldn't go to work. No work, no pay -- but I can take some out of the emergency fund if I have to.

      Billybuc, we've talked about this before, but it really works. I mean WHY would you want to work JUST to pay the bank? It is less stressful to live a life without debt for "stuff" -- although I don't have an issue with a fixed rate mortgage . . . if it is within your means.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, Julie, it is true for me and that's a certainty! Thank you my friend!

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      Blurter of Indiscretions 5 years ago from Clinton CT

      "The Memory Span of a Gnat!" What a brilliant line. It's so true too!!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Carol, thank you as always! I'm in a rut; time to break out and head in another direction for a day or two.

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      carol stanley 5 years ago from Arizona

      It just goes back to the individual and not those waiting for some help. Some who need help should get it, but those who are just lazy...And there are some that fall into that category. Great hub and solutions to solve some of today's ills.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Linda, that is quite responsible and it's the only way one can use a credit card that makes financial sense. Thanks for the additional comment; hopefully someone will read your comment and come to their senses.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pamela, I'm afraid hundreds of thousands of our fellow citizens fell for that trap a decade ago, when real estate prices were up and you could get a loan with practically no collateral. Now they are finding it a bit difficult to even pay the interest, let alone the principal, on the loans. Sad state of affairs for many out there.

      Thank you my friend; I love that you and Linda are so responsible with your spending.

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      LindaSmith1 5 years ago from USA

      I cannot imagine paying 1000 or more for a mortgage. The thing about the one credit card, is to not go binge shopping. I use mine for things I buy every week or month, such as gas, groceries, household staples, supplies for remodeling my house. I look at it this way. I will have to write a check, or pay cash anyway. So I may as well leave the cash in my bank account, let it draw interest until my bill comes then pay it off with one check, earn my points which can be redeemed once I earn the set amount required which gives me 50 bucks each time, and I write less checks this way, so I dont have to pay 20 bucks for new checks as soon as I would otherwise. My points are good for 3 years.

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      Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

      This is anther good hub about living more simply making perfect sense. Live within your means was always a mantra in our home when I was growing up.

      Buying a $300,000 home with nothing down would have never entered my mind and that is one way people lost there homes because they could not afford those big payments. I do the same thing as Linda with the one credit card. It works out great and simplifies finances. Voted up and interesting.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      And Linda, that is responsible use of a credit card, and I applaud you for it. Wouldn't it be lovely if about 100 million Americans would follow your example?

      Thank you my new friend! Wherever you are, have a great afternoon!

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      LindaSmith1 5 years ago from USA

      I have one credit card that I use instead of carrying cash, and to avoid fees at the ATM. I pay the balance off monthly, and for ever dollar spent, I earn points to be redeemed for cash. I don't pay any bank fees, or interest, etc with this card. It did not cost me a penny to activate it. I live in a small town, with small branch, which is the bank that gave the card to me. Another benefit is that by paying monthly, I get to leave my money in the bank to draw interest on it, which is nice pocket change for me.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Ruchira! I'm with you....credit cards have devalued money....spending money should be felt...it should be in your hand and then out of your hand, so you have some sense of actually spending. We do not have credit cards; I haven't used one in years....I refuse to fall into that trap.

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      Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

      Once again wise words from a wise man. I feel the value of money is lost. A few 100's used to be a BIG thing in our times but, these days kids talk about millions and trillions :)

      Thus, the concept of simplicity is losing it's effect. I also feel that credit card is also another issue to be blamed. Earlier, we used to carry money to buy stuff so, the need of going overboard did not arise. Now, the value is lost 'cause we do get the feel of the price (Eg-$300) 'cause we just swipe the card. Thus, the future generation does not feel the pinch either.

      My mantra would be ban the card and carry cash to make your purchases.

      beautiful insightful hub, Bill :) voted up and shared across

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mpropp, thank you.....yep, the time had come for me to get out of the classroom and get on with my life. I'm not much for preaching unless I've lived it....otherwise, it all seems rather hollow, doesn't it?

      I will keep on singing the praises of a simple life and hopefully others will listen. Thanks again!

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      Melissa Propp 5 years ago from Minnesota

      Bill, I always enjoy reading your inspiring hubs and thanks for sharing on such a personal level. I probably read it before, but I didn't realize you had quit your teaching position to write full-time. If you hadn't already begun your "Frugal Living" journey, I'm guessing you wouldn't have been able to afford to quit your teaching job? So, I appreciate that you are practicing what you preach! I'm still learning, but luckily I also had parents who grew up in the depression. I was the last of 6 children and my parents were both in their 40's when they had me. They left me with a wealth of wisdom for living frugally. And they enjoyed life to the fullest! So I know that money and status does not equate to happiness. Keep preaching Brother Bill and you will continue to make converts for Frugal Living!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Laurinzo, I think we will see this change, but man oh man, it sure takes a long time! :) Thank you Sir!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Yes I would Sasha! :)

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      Live To Write 5 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Yes, times are a changin' , and in many ways for the worse; but in ways for the better. We need to get back to a time when people valued things more, and not a generation of lazy, and selfish folks that think everything should be handed to them

      Bravo!!!

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      lol, your response just made my day, You'd be crazy for sure ^_^

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sasha, if I ever announce a run for office, please shoot me! LOL I would be a crazy man for sure. I do appreciate your words my friend; have a great day!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, many times in my youth I wanted to be on that deserted island....and yet here I am, waving the flag, trying to get people to understand that we are all in this together. Sigh! I'll keep waving. Thank you Mary and congrats on your HHOTD.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ahh, Suzie, my Irish poet....love the pearls of wisdom and I thank you!

      And your nice words..... I don't know, Suzie, it all seems to obvious to me, and yet I look out the window and I see an awful lot of waste and irresponsible spending....so maybe it isn't so obvious, huh?

      Whatever the case, I know how I want to live, as do you, and we are both happy, so we must be doing something right!

      Have a splendid afternoon and evening my friend.

      bill

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      You are always 'right on the money' Seriously if you ran for office I would vote for you in a heartbeat! 'voting' a bunch and sharing!

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      I have not read any of your Hubs that I have not totally agreed with. I believe in the simple life and the older I get, the more I try to trim unnessary things from my life. I've learned I can live very well without cable TV (wrote a Hub about that). I also agree with the remarks about our government. Sometimes I wish I could live on a deserted island away from the madness.

      I voted this Hub UP, and will share.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 5 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      For each petal on the shamrock, this brings a wish your way - Good health, good luck, and happiness, for today and every day.

      Hi Bill,

      Thought I would start with a little ol' Irish pearl of wisdom for you for a change as I know how you enjoy them! You ARE that pearl of pearls in this wonderful series. So on the money (excuse the pun!) I love you for that. Living within ones means is something many nations need to grasp and deliver on. I for one have been guilty of living beyond, but no more. For many it is a necessity that cuts their spending but it should also come from wanting to live more simply and the benefits reaped will be more than you had thought possible.

      Thanks Bill, for another masterclass from the master - you still ROCK!!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Terrie, as always, thank you for your support and your kind words. I also appreciate you interviewing me; I was in good hands all the way thanks to you.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Linda, and welcome to my site. I look forward to reading your works as time allows.

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      summerberrie 5 years ago

      Nice inspirational hub. We are a spending society that is collapsing on itself. Thanks for the displaying the courage to stop spending and the testimony it actually makes one happier. Voted up and useful.

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      LindaSmith1 5 years ago from USA

      Excellent! The most enjoyable hub I have read in a long time. Well written.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mandy, my new Iowa friend, you are oh so right, raising children does complicate matters, but you can begin to plan for the future....find ways to save money, then put the saved money away somewhere and leave it alone....the more frugal you are, the more you can save, and the more of a nestegg you will have for when things get really bad.

      Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Rich, I wish there was something about your comment that I could argue with, but there isn't....it is all true.....and hardly anyone wants to hear it. You did, however, give me an idea for a hub, so thanks for that....and the comment was great and needed to be said and sweet Jesus, when are people going to wake up?

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      Mandy M S 5 years ago

      I'm not there yet Billy, but I think about it all the time. I hear it quite a bit from people my age (early 30's) when they wake up and realize that we're all indentured slaves. We are only as free as our need for a paycheck.

      Unfortuately, being in the midst of raising children I feel that I simply can not drop out... yet.

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      Rich 5 years ago from Kentucky

      Bill,

      As you and I have talked, when the solution to the problem is the problem, there is no solution. Current economic conditions are not just part of a global economy plan, they are the destruction of our greatness as a country. We still have the American spirit, but it is being beat down daily. The government is not only fighting unions, some states have already enacted laws prohibiting them. This leaves the worker no options. If they don't cater to the whims of an employer not willing to pay them for the work done, they can't just go out and find a better job. We're becoming the world predicted in 1927 by German film giant, Fritz Lang, in his movie Metropolis. Politically correct uniforms worn by all, ridiculous pay for work completed, and CEO's lavishing themselves in luxury. So sad, but so true. Another great one, my friend.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Janine, I need to do a lighthearted hub; my blood pressure is rising. LOL

      Did you just write something sarcastic about politicians? Shame on you Janine; those dedicated officials have feelings too you know! LOL No they don't!

      Thank you my dear; have a great day!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Silver....WOW! I had no idea; I hadn't heard about any of that happening in Canada! I know there are meetings happening every day behind closed doors in Washington D.C. and I seriously doubt that the good of the average citizen is the reason for those meetings. This is not going to be an easy fight.....but I can't roll over, either, and just take it. Sigh! I think I need to write a funny hub this weekend just to give my blood pressure a chance to return to normal.

      Thank you my dear friend!

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      Janine Huldie 5 years ago from New York, New York

      Wow, Bill you said it perfectly. The times they are indeed changing my friend!! My grandparents too always warned to learn from the mistakes of the Great Depression and not to repeat history. Well my dear old grandparents are probably rolling over in their grave seeing the state of the economy and world right now. You are so right though that we have to do something and cannot wait for our lovely (that is sarcasm!) politicians to do their job here. Thank you for again being the voice of reason in a crazy mixed up world right now. Have voted, shared and tweeted too!!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michelle, I have seen that as well, and it will never be me. I am protected from the future; now I'm just trying to wake up a few more people. Thank you my friend!

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      SilverGenes 5 years ago

      Bill, I've said before how much I enjoy your hubs and this is no exception. One thing I've noticed is that the more we learn about how to live without the strings, the more the strings tighten. In Canada, information is leaking out about the Canadian European Trade Agreement. Our nation's leaders are bypassing democracy and offering an open door to Europe's giant corporations to have control of our communities. They will have the right to administer our water, our agriculture, our health care system and as an added bonus, there is a clause included that breathes new life into SOPA-style laws. All this is being done behind closed doors at a time when many are struggling in the economy. In Canada, the more we try and extricate ourselves from corporate control, the tighter the noose becomes. The times are a changin' indeed and not in a good way here. It's terrifying what can happen in the name of economic growth and recovery! If it can happen in Canada, it can happen in the U.S. all in the name of security and the timing is always opportunistic.

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Never do live with out our means....that way, we can stay happy, healthy and unworried (unfortunately we still need the computer.) I have seen how those who spend more than they earn on little luxuries end up not being able to stay in the houses they own. There are ways to do so, and still remain happy and connected!!