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Introducing 52 Ways to be Richly Reasonable

One of the things I love most about this site is the name—Richly Reasonable. To me that name evokes a certain kind of image and represents a level of maturity it’s taken me a long time to achieve. To me, that name means that we can all have a rich life as long as it’s done in a reasonable manner.

In my completely unscientific research, I’ve learned that frugal fatigue is one of the primary reasons that people get derailed in either their debt repayment strategy or their newfound frugal lifestyle. It’s difficult to always pick water over soda. It’s exhausting to never go out to eat or pack your lunch every single day. It’s sometimes embarrassing to drive a 16 year old car. It’s boring to stay home with a movie borrowed from the library every Saturday night. When all of these activities are compounded with each other for weeks and months on end, a person can get frustrated. A person might give in to temptation of a $100 sushi dinner because she just can’t take it anymore. And then feel remorseful because that $100 could have put her family closer to their debt free goal.

It’s the polar opposite of what we see glorified on TV. From MTV Cribs and My Super Sweet 16 to The Real Housewives of Wherever and the Kardashians, excess is glorified. We love to watch how these spoiled rich people live in a world where $900 on a pillowcase makes sense. And while we can sit back and watch them like exhibit animals, this is not the life most of us lead (and I’m pretty sure it’s not the life most of us want to leave). We laugh at their inane ideas and poor financial choices while at the same time wish we had money we could throw away like a bad sandwich (or is that just me?). Which is why a site with the name Richly Reasonable is so important.

A site like this should discuss ways to have a life that is not deprived of luxuries. Believe me, after 5 years of paying off debt, I understand that life is not about the material things but more about the people and experiences. Five years of paying off debt has taught me to appreciate even the smallest little indulgence or free activity. But sometimes, it’s OK not only to indulge a little but to admit that you want to indulge. Or at least admit that you want the ability to indulge. So I’m going to help you out.

In 2012, I’m going to provide a list of 52 (one per week) ways that you can indulge at a reasonable price (and sometimes for free). The list is certainly not meant to be exhaustive as I’m sure there are hundreds of richly reasonable activities. Some of the activities are for women, some are for men, some are for families, couples—everyone will be covered. There will be ideas for your home, your hobbies, and your interests.  If you have an interest or an idea for this series, please leave it in the comments below. I’ll do my best to incorporate it!

Here’s to a Richly Reasonable 2012!

Article publié pour la première fois le 03/01/2012

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