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  1. Avatar John Savage says:

    Simplifying is the name of the game right!!

    Buying used is a great comment. For example I bought a set of brand new golf clubs for a third of the price purely because they had been used once and returned the the shop!

    I’m always out for a bargain.

    Thank you for validating something I was slightly embarrassed about!

  2. Great post. I am working on de-cluttering myself and will see if I can incorporate some of these other strategies.

  3. Thank you for your ideas! I’m already doing a few – trying to de-clutter, buying a few used things,making my own creams and stuff. I have successfuly ditched the TV a few years back, I now only use it to hook up my Xboxes. 🙂 I’m gonna definitely try out more of these ideas, thanks!

    1. Wow! Dana you ditched the TV? Great! I was a Service Technician with Comcast for many years and got hooked on the service. I got rid of it when I left the company. I did not realize how expensive cable was after getting it free for all of those years. Now a have a little problem with Hulu and Netflix at times. Nothing a little shock therapy or rehab could not correct. LOL

  4. Avatar Andrew Seck says:

    Hey Tony

    You have some very inspiring and thought provoking suggestions. We live in such a busy and fast paced world. All of us would be better off by infusing these tips into our daily lives.

    Thanks

    1. Yes. You will never regret slowing down and taking the time to prioritize what is really important from time to time.

  5. Tony,

    Inspiring message! You certainly show how to focus on the essentials for a more enjoyable life!

    I loved your suggestion of choosing experiences over material things. I have done that throughout my life. Especially when I was young (and single!). I traveled throughout the US and even visited London, England and Scotland for six months. Friends would say, “I wish I could travel like you do, Roger.” I’d insist they could (I was living well below the poverty line!). But they had cars, TVs, lots of clothes, etc. They chose things over adventure! A friend tried to GIVE me his old car, and was puzzled when I said I couldn’t afford it. I couldn’t afford the gas, oil, repairs, insurance, registration, and so forth. What I COULD afford was a bus ride anywhere in the country, equipped with my sleeping bag and some clothes.

    Now I do have lots of stuff. But taking your advice, I am decluttering. I had well over $1,000 of fly tying equipment, but I haven’t tied a fly in 15 years. So when one of my young coworkers was talking about having to use his father’s fly tying vise, the same type I had (a very good one), I decided to give him all my fly tying equipment. He’s just starting college next year, so he has an entire lifetime to enjoy the feathers and fluff and hooks and tools that I just had gathering dust in my home.

    My wife is very frugal and manages our budget perfectly. So we don’t buy much of what we don’t need, and only after we can pay for it. Most of my spending is for my fishing hobby, and I earn a few dollars on the side which funds those needs (though if I had more I’d find a way to spend it!). When I was younger I lived in St. Vincent De Paul clothing, since I had very little money to spend on clothes.

    TV has been a challenge for me. But since I started writing about fishing, very much less so. As you say, it can really eat up your time. My wife and I do record our favorite programs, to watch on our schedule, AND to skip the commercials!

    Thanks for the sound advice, and you inspire me to dig deeper, clear more, simplify, and enjoy what I have and what makes me happiest.

    My best to you!

    Roger

    1. Roger;

      I am sorry to admit I was no where as wise as you when I was younger and was more like your friends. I am only doing now what your cherished in your young age. Better late than never. Allowing a young man to create a life time of great memories with family and friends that may rival yours, by giving him your fly tying equipment is a great example of down size, reduce, re-use, re-cycle and restore. You put a warm feeling in my heart just thinking about it. Sounds like you and your wife have created a great stress free life. Enjoy those TV shows when you find the time. I won’t tell on you.

  6. What great tips! I am already doing a few of them and working to simplify my life much more. I am already starting a home garden to save money on both grocery store and resaurant expenses. I really loved the Mason Jar meals idea too. I think that will fit well with what I am already starting.

    1. Great start Sue. Don’t be like me and plant way too many tomatoes. You will be making many Many Mason Jar Meals and giving them to friends and family. LOL

  7. Cool! I can honestly tell that if one can stay true to your tips here, life would definitely become a slightly better experience. Your post brings me good feels 😀

  8. Great post! I agree with you 100%. You should simplify your life to enjoy more of it. In this day and age everyone is so caught up in work and consumerism that they forget the finer things in life that a lot of people overlook.
    I’ve already done a few of these myself and my life has changed for the better because of it. I encourage everyone else to try some of the things in the list above and see if they can improve your life as well. Good work Tony!

    1. Yes Andy, Over work and consumerism can be draining. Good friends and family should not be neglected.

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