Another blogger friend of mine is beginning her road to voluntary simplicity and her discoveries are causing me to pause and look at my life and what I have because of my lifestyle choice. I've done pretty darn good in the four months we've been living in the States.
* I cook every meal from scratch, providing healthful, inexpensive nutrition.
* I buy everything I can on sale and use coupons.
* I breastfeed Aidan and feed him homemade babyfood, with the exception of his cereal.
* I can STAY AT HOME with him and not work for money, which is the most rewarding part.
* We've bought all our furniture used or from an inexpensive store, such as IKEA.
* The rest of our furnishings were extras from my parents who are currently RVing.
* Car is borrowed from our parents while they are RVing, thus saving a bundle. (we rarely drive anyway since Golf works from home, saving a TON on fuel.)
* Any clothes for the baby not given to us are bought from consignment shops.
* Any adult clothes are sale items.
* We have pride in being 100% debt free!
* I carefully track all our expenses on a spreadsheet so I can see exactly where our money is being spent.
* We have no clutter. Everything we have we use.
So far I feel like I'm doing everything right, now we keep living like this to see what happens. The biggest goals are financial, nest-egg investment and college savings kind of things. When I look back on my list, I feel like we're on the right track and it will pay off.