I had this conversation with Mrs. 1500 on Saturday:
- Me: Why do we have a million boxes of cereal?
- Mrs. 1500: When I see it on sale, I stock up.
- Me: But we don’t have a huge kitchen. We should just buy what we need for the next couple of weeks. I don’t care if it costs more.
- Mrs. 1500:
Mrs. 1500 note [after she saw this image]: “You’re sleeping on the couch tonight!”
Mr. 1500 note: Great! The couch is right next to the kitchen and the 108,000 boxes of Cap’n Crunch! How is the milk supply?
We don’t have thousands of boxes of cereal, but we have a lot:
And this debate reminded me of a conversation I had with the Physician on FIRE (PoF) when I visited him recently. PoF has the same sentiment; he’s striving for minimalism, but thinks that it’s at odds with frugality. For a sophisticated discussion on the topic (although it doesn’t contain masterful artwork), see PoF’s post.
I want to know what you think, but first, we must get to the question from two weeks ago:
High Income Parents painted a pretty picture:
We love Yellowstone. Standing in the Firehole river with a flyrod in one hand as the steam from the hot springs rises around you and the sound of the water makes it feel like I’ve gone back in time.
Dividend Growth Investor mentioned my hometown:
I really liked Chicago, which I have visited a few times. It is a large diverse city, which has a Midwestern feel to it. Meaning people are actually nice. It has reliable public transportation, which is something most US cities lack. The only things I do not like is their O’Hare airport. But there is so much to see (love the museums)..
Mr. 1500 note: Here are some gratuitous pictures of my hometown:
Reader Adam mentioned Prague:
After visiting for a long weekend during a Europe trip last year, I’m a huge fan of Prague. The people are straightforward, the city is absolutely loaded with history and character, and it’s remarkably affordable.
DividendSolutions, I know what you mean about Tennessee. Beautiful country there:
If i could choose a place to live it would be a small ranch in Tennessee (nearby Nashville).
Mr. PIE mentioned Scotland. I’ll be there next month:
There is a beautiful little village (Portpatrick) in the southwest of Scotland where standing next to the old lighthouse, looking out to the Irish Sea, brings back so many very happy memories of childhood.
Reader Mies likes big trees:
I would say Sequoia National Park. I went there about 4 years ago on day when there was still snow on the ground. The park was practically empty. We got to hike through the sequoia groves in silence. It was beautiful. The scenery was incredible and made me feel insignificant.
LadyFIRE makes me want to go to the Land down Under:
There’s a place called Blowhole bay where I love to go fishing. It’s a horseshoe shaped cove that’s teeming with Salmon so you always catch a delicious dinner. If you get bored of fishing the sides of the coves are great to free climb, the winds and the tides have worn down the cliffs so they have great handholds and heaps of ledges so you’re never going to fall more than a few feet.
Primal Prosperity is also a fan of Australia:
I’ve been all over the world… 5 continents… but my favorite was definitely Australia. I actually took a solo 3 week backpacking trip there the year I turned 40, and it was the best trip I had ever taken. I suggest everyone do a solo trip at least once… it is awesome! When I was there, two distinct places were really magical… one was Magnetic Island. I stayed at a koala campground in a tiny little A-frame structure with a mattress on the floor and not much else, but the sounds of the animals at night were incredible against the rural silence. The second place was Phillips Island, where I saw penguins. And since it was a few hours away from the largest metro area, the sky was amazing at night. Being an astronomy/astrophysics buff, I loved being able to star gaze in the southern hemisphere!
I think a solo trip sounds awesome.
Finally, Mr. Tako had a great comment:
I try to always love the place I’m already in, instead of dreaming about “someplace better”. Every town, city, or state has something that can be appreciated and enjoyed.
It’s a philosophy I think a lot of people could take to heart — Learn to love what you have, not what you don’t have.
Frugality versus Minimalism
Now, I want to hear from you! What do you think frugality and minimalism:
- Can they coexist?
- If frugality and minimalism cannot coexist, which side do you choose?
- Is it worth buying 98 boxes of Cap’n Crunch because it’s $1.98 instead of $2.98?
One more thing: In news unrelated to Cap’n Crunch, frugality or minimalism, I’ll be at Camp Mustache in Florida January of 2018. If you come, I’ll buy you a beer. And maybe even some Cap’n Crunch. Or maybe both:
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