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Would you live without money if given the opportunity?

  1. collegedad profile image75
    collegedadposted 5 years ago

    Would you live without money if given the opportunity?

    I have been researching frugal living and am finding more people who live on a meager existence than I expected. I am frugal, but I don't know if I'd want to go money free. Would your live without money if given the opportunity?

  2. Gordon Hamilton profile image98
    Gordon Hamiltonposted 5 years ago

    No - for the simple reason that I have been in the position of having quite literally nothing, living hundreds of miles away from family or friends. When you go through an experience like that and understand what it means, money becomes all the more important in life. I had two bottles of beer, a cigarette and two slices of stale bread to see me through two days. I still shudder to think of it.  Although my religion does teach that the love of money is the root of all evil and I understand why, having some remains an essential part of life. Believe me, being completely broke and essentially alone is not something you want to try...

    PS - I wasn't a student at college. I was in my late 30's, had lost my business and girlfriend and was in a cold, empty flat (Credit Crunch 2008)

    1. collegedad profile image75
      collegedadposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I hate to hear of anyone being in that situation. I spent a summer living on a river here in the Upper Peninsula without the need for money, but that was by choice and I could have just gone to town.

  3. Learning in Life profile image93
    Learning in Lifeposted 5 years ago

    I would in a heartbeat. I have been watching this show about the Alaskan Frontier and love the lifestyle. I hate what money brings. I would be just fine creating for making for myself what I need. I don't need all the extra gadgets (excepts my laptop and wi-fi) lol

    1. collegedad profile image75
      collegedadposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I like the challenge of making money, but at the same time I could live without it if I was in a self sufficient community. I love bartering, which for me is much better then buying and selling.

  4. Marla Neogra profile image83
    Marla Neograposted 4 years ago

    That is a difficult question to answer. I know that I can live without money if the need arises and have lived without money for about 6 months. I have also lived for an extended period of time with a limited income of about 250.00 per week all inclusive for a family of five that also owns a car and had to pay rent. I guess the question should be more specific in the choice behind no money.

    Not so long ago one could live without money simply by homesteading. If there were truly opportunities like that I would say yes I would live without money. If it were because I lost everything and had no family, resourses or income in the current economy as it is, no I would prefer to live with money than without. I have seen the reality of living without money in the state of West Virginia (where I reside). Some are homeless living by the river banks, some are people who have property, but nothing else. Living off the land and scraping by any way they can. Some are fortunate to have free gas due to mineral rights and use gas lighting as well as appliances.

    I am too much a creature of comfort to wash my clothing in a wash tub on Monday and bake bread on Tuesday etc. unless I was in a situation such as homesteading to earn my own property and I would want all my children and my husband with me for that. When I was younger, around 18-20 years old that would have been the ideal existance as long as I could have a creek, lake, pond or ocean to bath in. (note the picture of myself, much younger that is from camping) but now, much older, my likes and focus have changed.

    At this stage in my life I would have to say no, I would not want to live without money. I am sure I can survive even on Social Security (if that is still around) I would do it if I had to not because I wanted to.

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    Sarra Garrettposted 4 years ago

    I have no problem living without money.  I was homeless last year due to a broken ankle and lost everything, car, home.  I lived in a tent in Nebraska for 2 months in the fall, October and November.  Living without money is actually easy as long as you are not materialistic. 

    In March of this year I was 'poisioned' by my landlord and now have reactive lung disease only having 70% of my lungs that are working and they will never heal.  Having to have breathing treatments around the clock just to breath and I have found a HUD housing for $50/mo as I am unable to work right now.  I get $129 a month from the Army as I am a disabled veteran.  I have 2 sets of clothes, 1 chair, table and bed.  No TV (TV sucks anyway)  I'm happy and content as I have a roof over my head.  If need be there is always dumpster diving at convenience stores to get food that is thrown out and is still perfectly good (pre packaged food).    Having no money is not a choice for me, it's a reality right now.  It really isn't hard but it isn't pleasant either.  However, I have always been a survivor/survivalist and everyone should learn how to live non materialistically.  It's just stuff and you can't take it with you.

    I'm 51 and if I can do it anyone can.  I would much rather have a job as I don't feel human right now with my breathing  problems.

  6. WalterPoon profile image79
    WalterPoonposted 4 years ago

    Those who want to have an opportunity to live without money can contact me. I will give you that opportunity, LOL.