More Than Money
Issue #27

Lifestyles of the Rich and Simple

Table of Contents

“How Spending Affects Other Stewardship Areas - Enjoying a more frugal life can...”

  • (giving) free up money to give to causes (because you don't need it for personal well-being);
  • (investing) enable you to invest in more socially-responsible ways (because you don't need the higher financial return);
  • (learning) release you from pressure to earn (so you can use your time in more socially-beneficial ways, including parenting);
  • (legacy) help you leave more money to your children (because you haven't spent it on yourself ) or less to your children (because it takes less for them to continue the lifestyle they grew up in);
  • (community involvement) fit in more with people of all class backgrounds (thereby widening your exposure to humanity, often leading to greater community service).

Choosing a less frugal life can . . .
enable you to become more powerful in any of the other stewardship areas by investing in your personal freedom and effectiveness. You might spend more on:

  • getting help (anything from hiring a personal philanthropic advisor to obtaining help with housecleaning or childcare);
  • having tools to increase your efficiency (e.g. excellent computer, a more comfortable car);
  • increasing your skill, knowledge, and connection in the areas of your stewardship (e.g. traveling to do site visits, attending conferences, taking courses).


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