I’ve been such a good penny-pinching frugal minimalist for the past years leading to my early retirement, and through the 8 months of retirement since march.
And it wasn’t even difficult.
The thing is, preparing for early retirement became a mission, and being a type A uptight organized achiever, I was so minded and fixated on my mission, that I simply stopped shopping for a few years.no regrets.
Once I retired, many things have changed, one of them is I gradually realized that with my acquired frugal tricks I can manage quite well with my pension money, and keep saving towards my children’s education and towards helping them get a good start on life.
So the level of anxiety in the monetary sense came down.a bit.
I am not sure this topic is discussed enough, but early retirement, at least in my case, was at the same time the best decision I made in my life, and a stressful time obsessing over my monetary well-being.
Endless financial assessment, checking and rechecking my monetary situation, and then rechecking it. again.
I am sure many people are totally cool about this and understand there are more important things than money ( I totally agree, doesn’t help).
There comes a time in a person’s life when he ( in my case, she), understands he (or she) is simply not cool.
Oddly enough, the opposite of being cool, is not, as you would expect, being hot.
Apparently, I am neither.
At least not since I stopped wearing any makeup and dressing
But, I am totally fine not being either.
I guess wisdom came with age.
If I get back to the discussed subject, another thing that happened in my retirement is that almost all of my previous clothes are no longer relevant to me.
My work clothes were buttoned blouses, skirts, dresses, trousers, shoes to match.
You get the gist.
Whereas, now, I have no use for these clothes.
I now live in comfortable home clothes, and the only clothes I get out of the house are workout apparel and the uniform for my ambulance shifts.
At home, I am fine with my old T-shirts and yoga pants/ their equivalent.
I was just fine until Chinese bachelor’s day arrived.
I am not a Chinese bachelor, and yet this holiday had a big effect on my life for the past week.
The thing is, Amazon decided to give eBay a fight and applied free international shipping to where I live. limited till black Friday.
I’ll have you know that shipping costs to where I live is a big issue, many times reaching up to 50% of the price of the product itself.(!!!).
So free shipping is a shopping trigger for me, as the excuse I give myself is , in my opinion, a valid, frugal one.
The obvious catch here is that once you get into the shopping vibe, you can have a difficult time getting your grip back.
Especially after a long period of no shopping.
At least for me, this resembles the symptoms of breaking a fast.
I am not proud to say that.
But this is the truth.
I admit: There is joy in shopping.
New shiny objects, bearing the hope of new beginnings. hard workouts, clean healthy eating, the lot.
So I spent the last week contemplating environmentalism, frugality, minimalism, and self-awareness, and on the other hand, my weak caricature, pulling me again and again to the Amazon site.
After giving in at first, I decided to limit myself at some point.
I admit the point came a bit late, but I could just as well keep falling through that rabbit hole, so just glad I established a stopping point at all.
I’m still learning.