Only a quick post. It seems that my aversion to Black Friday has increased from a cold to flu, I literally am allergic to rancid festivals of consumerism.
My aversion has it’s good points, making me able to save more than I spend. But the downside is having a streaming nose whilst simultaneously shivering and sweating.
|Maybe it’s just a highly evolved defence mechanism against consumers, go away nasty consumption Zombie.|
Roll on the January sales.
When you are saving hard from month to month for a very long term goal like Financial Independence, motivation can bounce around a little bit. It’s important to keep your eyes open to top it up when you can.
At work I am surrounded by all sorts of people. Some, blatantly spending money like there’s no tomorrow whilst complaining how expensive life is. Kind of like chowing down on three doughnuts whilst complaining that it’s your metabolism that won’t let you lose any weight. Others seem to love spending and perhaps genuinely do gain pleasure from buying the best of the best. Good luck and fair play to them.
I digress, slightly. Must be the anti-consumerism flu induced hallucinations.
My work is in a fairly specialised area, and one that if you gain the right skills and network properly can leave you ‘invaluable’ to employers. With a bit of cunning and a smidgeon of bravery people find themselves in the contracting or consulting world. Working on large specialist projects for pretty hefty ‘day rates’. We can be talking £1,000+ a day for contracts that can run over into the years. You, yourself, take on some risk of projects being cancelled, no holiday or sick pay, having to find new contracts etc. And you have to be really good to get repeat contacts. Having a healthy saving balance helps reduce these risks somewhat.
I digress again.
Whilst people at work generally busy themselves in the work itself and leave their ‘satellite jobs’ to be outsourced (buying coffee from coffee houses, grabbing breakfast on the way in, eating out for lunch and driving into work) there are two of these contractors that have a different approach.
Mo’ Money, Mo’ Frugal
They are clearly paid a ‘healthy’ income, more than most I suspect, yet they are drinking the rank gritty machine coffee, eating home made lunches, wearing older shirts and walking to work. What’s surprising is that despite not spending money, they are still good at their job. Who would have thought an older work shirt or eating a home made lunch doesn’t make you stupid or your work less valuable?
It’s awesome to see some of the better paid workers living the more frugal lifestyle, I suspect some of the graduates appear higher rollers than them, given their shiny new suits and cars.
I wouldn’t be surprised to see these contractors disappear into the mist of Financial Independence in a few years.
It’s easy to forget that excessively spending is designed to obvious and flashy, yet the exact opposite, substantial savings, is much more subtle and sneaks under the radar.
Sometimes the pursuit of Financial Independence can seem a lonely one, outside of the blogging world. It’s good to get a reminder that excessive consumption isn’t always as rife as it seems.